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Disability Services


Disability Access Services provides accommodations and services to students with documented disabilities who are currently enrolled at Rend Lake College. These accommodations and services are offered in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

REND LAKE COLLEGE NEURODIVERSITY STATEMENT

  • Rend Lake College values neurodiversity, including conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and dyspraxia, as a crucial aspect of human variation that enhances our educational journey and community. Our commitment is to foster a supportive environment where neurodivergent individuals are acknowledged, respected, and enabled to unleash their full capabilities.

    Working together, we can create a brighter future for all individuals, including those with neurodivergent conditions, by providing them with the necessary resources, support, and opportunities for success in and out of the classroom. Our commitment to embracing neurodiversity and learning more about its impact will bring positive outcomes for everyone involved.

REND LAKE COLLEGE WILL MAKE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS TO HELP YOU IF ...

You are otherwise qualified for the program or class and your disability interferes with your ability to participate in class.
You are otherwise qualified for the program or class and you have a legitimate educational purpose and need for requested accommodations or materials for use in class.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AT REND LAKE COLLEGE HAVE THE RIGHT TO...

Equal opportunity and access to participate, work and learn
Reasonable accommodations
Appropriate confidentiality
Information about available services and accommodations
Accessible campus facilities

STUDENTS WITH DISABILIIES AT REND LAKE COLLEGE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO...

Identify themselves early in order to receive requested accommodations in a timely manner
Provide current and valid documentation that provides enough information for DAS staff to determine appropriate academic adjustments
Meet qualifications and standards set forth for all Rend Lake College students
Advocate for their individual needs

REND LAKE COLLEGE HAS THE RIGHT TO...

Require documentation of disabilities
Determine what accommodations are appropriate
Provide only those accommodations required by the disability that do not sacrifice the academic integrity of the program, course, or activity

REND LAKE COLLEGE HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO...

Ensure that its programs and facilities are accessible and usable
Inform students of available accommodations and procedures for requesting them
Make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.

TO REQUEST SERVICES

Students with disabilities who wish to request accommodations and services may apply with DAS. Appropriate documentation of disability(s) must be provided.

After registering, the appropriate accommodations will be determined on an individual basis. An accommodation plan will be developed and updated each semester or as needed.

  REQUEST SERVICES   

Disabilities Coordinator:
Dr. Kirk Rhodes 
North Oasis 130 (618) 437-5321 ext. 1204

For additional information about Postsecondary Education and Students with Disabilities, visit the Department of Education’s web site at www.ed.gov/ocr.

Staff 


 

Learning Enhancement and CTE Success Centers Coordinator
Phone Extension: 1204
Building: North Oasis
Office: 130
Ph.D., Walden University | M.P.A. Southern Illinois University Carbondale | B.S. University of Central Missouri Dr. Rhodes is a Carbondale, IL native and United States Army Veteran returning to the area after an award winning, 19 year career as a special educator at the Gow School in South Wales, NY.  His published research focused on "Self-Perception as a Predictor of Academic Performance in Adolescents With Learning Disabilities" (2015).  Dr. Rhodes’s passions include: In Touch Ministries, the Buffalo Bills NFL Team, coaching & playing lacrosse, Shriners Hospitals, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., and Star Wars.

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