By Elizabeth Brown-Shook
One thing I really love about Corning Community College is how dedicated everyone is to student success--from the President of the College, to members of the Regional Board of Trustees, all the way down to the adjunct professors who only teach one course. I think that having so many resources here which, if students utilize them, makes it so difficult to fail, makes Corning Community College unique among institutions of higher learning. I will continue to write a blog each week about our Dignity and Respect topics; however, in my Student Perspective blogs, I’d like to highlight some of the services that, in my experience, have contributed to my success. One of these resources is Student Disability Services.
Student Disability Services is located on the lower floor of the Commons, Room M152. Allison Zimmermann is the Coordinator and Delia Hall is the Program Assistant. I would not be where I am today without these ladies.
In the interest of letting you, the reader (hopefully a prospective student or alumnus/a), get to know me, I will be candid. I came to Student Disability Services because of my clinical depression and anxiety. I was hoping to find some leniency because sometimes the depression can interfere with my ability to complete my school work. While they couldn’t assist me with that, what they were able to do for me was allow me to have a quiet, distraction-reduced environment in which to take my exams. What Allison and Delia do is help students with documented disabilities get the necessary accommodations they need to be successful in the classroom.
If you’re considering Corning Community College, you may qualify for Student Disability Services if you were on an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or 504 Plan in high school. If you’re not a recent high school graduate (I certainly was not when I came to Corning), you’re not out of luck! If you have a disabling condition that interferes with your school work, and a doctor or therapist can document your disability, go see Allison and Delia. They can help you get the ball rolling.