• 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.  

  •   Accommodation's Request Process

    Sources of information used for determining a disability and/or accommodations may include a student’s self-report, direct observation and interaction with the student, and/or documentation from qualified evaluators or professionals. To receive academic accommodations students with disabilities 1) must self-identify with the Office of Disability Services 2) must present appropriate, comprehensive and current documentation regarding their stated disabilities. Once a student has met these requirements, reasonable accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis by the Disability Service Office in consultation with the student.


    Student’s Self-report

    Upon self-reporting, students should complete an application for services and submit 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.



    Disability related documentation should provide information on the functional impact of the disability so that effective accommodations can be identified. Documentation may include assessments, reports, and/or letters from qualified evaluators, professionals, or institutions. Common sources of documentation are health care providers, psychologists, diagnosticians, and/or information from a previous school (e.g., accommodation agreements/letters, 504, IEP, 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.


    Coastal Bend College reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of submitted documentation and requests for accommodation(s) on a case-by-case basis.  Additional information may be requested to determine eligibility for services. Generally, an Individualized Education Plan, 504 Plan, or General Education Initiative from a secondary school does not provide thorough information for the documentation of disability and needed accommodations in the post-secondary setting.


    Submit Documentation In-Person, Mail, or Email: Disability@CoastalBend.edu


    Returning Students     

    1.      Fill out and submit the Accommodations Renewal Form for returning students to your nearest CBC location or email Disability@CoastalBend.edu        

    2.      Provide any updated documentation of your disability.   

    3.      If there will be any changes in your accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office to discuss them.     

    4.      Pick up letters of Accommodation and deliver them to your instructors.   


       *** It is your responsibility as a student to renew your academic accommodations each semester. ***