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Disability and Special Needs Resources


Gaston College is committed to providing equal access to higher education for individuals with disabilities. As part of our mission, we serve the lifelong learning needs of a diverse population by providing comprehensive educational programs to all students. The Counseling Center provides reasonable accommodations to any student, with a documented disability, who requires accommodation.


Gaston College provides consultation and support services in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Counseling Center will advise and assist students, with documented disabilities, in arranging academic support services and reasonable accommodations. Arrangements are made on an individual basis, specific to the student’s needs. Students requesting reasonable accommodations will need to contact the Special Needs Counselor in the Counseling Center on the Dallas Campus to discuss individual needs and schedule an appointment. Contacts

Student Responsibilities

Students seeking assistance will need to schedule an appointment with the Special Needs Counselor to disclose their disabilities or special needs and complete a confidential disclosure form. Once supporting documentation is on file, the student and counselor will complete an Accommodation Plan. Thereafter, the student will need to complete an Accommodation Plan each semester, if continuing accommodations are requested. Students will also be expected to communicate with each of their instructors to discuss specific needs.  Contacts

It is the student’s responsibility to request disability or special needs resources and to advise the Special Needs Counselor of any needs or concerns. Requests for reasonable accommodations need to be made at least two weeks prior to class start to allow sufficient time for accommodations to be arranged. Some accommodations can take several weeks to months to complete, so please provide the Special Needs Counselor with as much notice as possible. Contacts

Documentation Guidelines

Students with disabilities will need to provide official medical or other diagnostic documentation of the disability which outlines the student’s functional limitations in an academic setting. Because each student’s situation is unique, documentation requirements and accommodations provided will vary based on the student and the situation. Students should not delay meeting with the Special Needs Counselor out of concern for lack of appropriate paperwork or documentation.

Notification of Nondiscrimination

Gaston College is committed to affirmative action and equal opportunity in employment and educational programs and activities and does not discriminate against current or potential employees or students on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. Gaston College supports protections under all applicable state and federal laws including but note limited to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) of 2008.


Inquiries or complaints concerning the college's affirmative action/equal opportunity policy should be directed to the following individuals: Human Resources Director (Employees) or Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management (Students), 201 Highway 321 South, Dallas, NC 28034 or call 704.922.6200.


If you have any questions about disability resources at Gaston College, please contact the Special Needs Counselor or another member of the Counseling Center staff. The Special Needs Office is located in the Counseling Center, second floor Myers Center, 201 Highway 321 South, Dallas, NC 28034, or please call 704-922-6200; 704-922-2345 (fax).

Special Needs Counselor - Julia Oesterle

Director of Counseling – Jennifer Nichols

Secretary, Student Services (Counseling)

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