• Office of Disability Services 

    The Office of Disability Services is committed in creating an accessible learning environment for all students with disabilities that complies with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Coastal Bend College strives to inform and educate all members of the college community to promote diversity that honors and appreciates disability. Students who are interested in receiving academic accommodations must follow the Accommodations Request Process. If you would like more information please contact the Disability Services Coordinator or visit your nearest CBC location.   

  •  Accommodations Request Process 

    Sources of information used for determining a disability and accommodations may include a student’s self-report, direct observation and interaction with the student, and/or documentation from qualified evaluators or professionals. The process to obtain accommodations must be completed through the student with the disability only. The student is responsible for making their accommodation needs known and providing appropriate documentation to support their requested accommodations.  

      

    1. Student’s Self-Report 

    The student with a disability should make an appointment with the Disability Services Coordinator prior to the start of the semester. The appointment can be scheduled in person, over the phone, or by email. The student may also coordinate a scheduled disability appointment through their Dedicated Advisor or Recruiter/Advisor that is located at each of our CBC locations.  

      

    Narrative Essay 

    Upon self-reporting, students should complete an accommodations request form which provides students an opportunity to describe their disability, strengths and weaknesses, and accommodations they are hoping to receive. Students may supplement the application for accommodations with a narrative essay that further describes his or her experience with: their specific disability, the barriers that they’ve faced, effective or ineffective accommodations that they’ve received, and services that they are requesting. Students who supplement the application with a narrative essay are still responsible for submitting a signed and completed Student Responsibilities and Consent to Exchange Confidential Information Form.  

      

    2. Observation and Interaction  

    During the intake interview, the student should be prepared to talk about the disability or disabilities he/she has, their strengths and weaknesses, learning challenges, etc.  If after the observation and interaction, additional information is still needed to determine a student’s specific disability and/or reasonable accommodations, the student shall provide any relevant documentation from an external source or third party. 

      

    3. Information from External or Third Parties 

    Common sources of external documentation come from health care providers, psychologists, diagnosticians, and/or information from a previous school (e.g., accommodation agreements/letters, 504, IEP, SOP, teacher observations or ARD documents). 

      

    Suggested Documentation Elements: 

    1.  Typed on letterhead, dated, and signed by a qualified professional. 

    2.  Diagnostic Statement with any related diagnostic methodology (diagnostic criteria and/or procedures). 

    3.  Functional impact or symptoms. (Impacts inform which accommodations are appropriate.) 

    4.  Severity and/or expected progression. 

    5.  Current medication(s) and any related side-effects. 

    6.  Current and/or past accommodations. 

    7.  Any recommended accommodations. 

      

    4. Accommodation Letter 

    After accommodations have been discussed and approved, the student will be provided with an accommodation letter. It is the student’s responsibility to deliver the letter in a timely manner to the instructor of each course where accommodations are needed. Students shall provide their letter of accommodations to their instructor through email or in-person. (Accommodations do not begin until the instructor has received the letter of approved services.) Students are also responsible for meeting and/or discussing their accommodations with their instructor(s) so that reasonable arrangements are made to ensure that they are receiving their accommodations. This may include reminding their instructor a few days prior to each of their exams of their testing accommodations. 

      

    Accommodation Decisions 

    At the postsecondary level, students are solely responsible for deciding which accommodations are needed for their course of study. Parents may attend meetings with the student and the Disability Service Coordinator at the student’s discretion. 

      

    5. Renewing Accommodations  

    Students who would like accommodations for the following semester, must contact the Office of Disability Services and submit an Accommodations Renewal Form. After receiving the form, the Office of Disability Services will get in contact with the student. If no changes in accommodations are needed, the Office of Disability Services will provide the letter of accommodation to the student in-person or through e-mail. 

      

    Submitting Documentation 

    All disability related documentation for new and returning students may be submitted through standard mail, email, fax, or in-person at one of our CBC locations.  

      

    Email: Disability@CoastalBend.edu Fax: (361) 354-2727 

      

    In-Person or Standard Mail       

      

    Alice Site 

    Addison Smithwick 

    Recruiter/Advisor 

    Attn: Disability Services  

    704 Coyote Trail 

    Alice, TX, 78332 

    (361) 664-2981 Ext. 3025 

    dsmithwick@coastalbend.edu 

      

    Kingsville Site 

    Steffanie Wysack 

    Recruiter/Advisor 

    Attn: Disability Services 

    1814 Brahma Blvd. 

    Kingsville, TX, 78363 

    (361) 592-1615 Ext. 4076 

    swysack@coastalbend.edu 

      

    Beeville Campus 

    Miguel Aguilar 

    Disability Services Coordinator 

    Disability Services Office 

    R.W. Dirks Student Services,  

    V-141 

    3800 Charco Rd. 

    Beeville, TX 78102 

    (361) 354-2728 

    MAguilar@coastalbend.edu  

    Pleasanton Site 

    Rosalinda Perez 

    Recruiter/Advisor 

    Attn: Disability Services 

    1411 Bensdale Rd.
    Pleasanton, TX, 78064
     

    (830) 569-4222 Ex. 1225 

    rperez@coastalbend.edu 

      

      

    Office Hours per CBC Location 

    The Office of Disability Services is dedicated to servicing students with disabilities equally throughout our locations. To better service our students, the Office of Disability Services has comprised a schedule with the best available days and times on when they will be at a location near you. Walk-ins are welcomed. If you are unable to meet with the Disability Services Coordinator at one of the stated days and times, contact the Office of Disability Services to schedule an appointment. Students may also coordinate a scheduled disability appointment through their Dedicated Advisor or Recruiter/Advisor that is located at each of our CBC locations.  

      

    Alice Site 

    Days: 1st & 3rd Monday of every month 

    Hours: 9:00 a.m.-3:00pm 

    Office:165 

      

      

    Kingsville Site 

    Days: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month 

    Hours: 9:00 a.m.-3:00pm 

    Office: 100-B 

      

    Beeville Campus 

    Days: Please contact the Disability Services Coordinator. 

    Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

    Office: V-141, Student Success Center, R.W. Dirks Student Services  

    Pleasanton Site 

    Days: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 

    Hours: 9:00 a.m.-3:00pm 

    Office:156