New Student Checklist

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Checklist for New Students

Once you receive your letter of acceptance to Parkland, follow these steps to request an accommodation:

  1. SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION OF DISABILITY
    Your documentation (click for information) should be mailed, faxed or hand-delivered to our office in Room U260.

  2. SCHEDULE EVALUATION APPOINTMENT
    NOTE! Documentation of your disability must be received by our office at least one week prior to your scheduled appointment. Call our office at 217/353-2338 to schedule an appointment to have your documentation of your disability reviewed. During this meeting, you will have an opportunity to discuss your functional limitations and how they impact your learning.

  3. COMPLETE THE COMPASS ASSESSMENT IN THE DISABILITY SERVICES OFFICE
    All new Parkland students are required to take assessment/placement tests in reading, writing, mathematics, or English as a Second Language. Call our office at 217/353-2338 and visit our Assessment Center website for more information.

  4. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO ATTEND A "S.O.A.R." ORIENTATION
    Call 217/353-2033, stop by room D120 or email SOAR@parkland.edu to schedule an appointment.
    SOAR orientation sessions (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) are usually scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Most sessions will take place in Room D244. The contents of the orientation materials are designed to explain the registration process along with an introduction to the tenets of civility and sustainability.
    Parents are invited to attend this large-group session as a second set of eyes and ears. Parents are then separated from their students and given the option of going to the Parent’s Corner in the Library where a number of resources are available for parents of new college students. Enjoy complimentary coffee! The aim in making this separation is to promote student development and independence by giving a clear indication that the student is expected to take responsibility for his/her own learning.

  5. OBTAIN AN DISABILITY SERVICES IDENTIFICATION CARD
    Once you have met with your advisor and have registered for your classes, bring a copy of your class schedule to our office and we will escorted you to the Office of Student Life, where you will have your photograph taken and be issued an Disability Services Identification Card (in addition to your Parkland I.D.).

AFTER CLASSES BEGIN
You are strongly encouraged to visit instructors during their scheduled office hours or after class time; to introduce yourself as a student registered with Disability Services. (Students are expected to show each instructor their ID card to discuss approved accommodation needs). If concerns arise, do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss the matter.

Once you’ve settled into your classes, schedule an appointment with the Director or Assistant Director of Disability Services. Your approved academic accommodations are an integral part of your college success, and we want to make sure they are working for you. Remember; you’re in college now and we want you to take advantage of our services provided under ADA!
Show your ID card to instructors during the firsr week of classes.Tutoring available in the Center for Academic success

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Chad Garrett

Chad Garrett
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Class Year: 2002

""Parkland was everything I expected and more.”"

 
 

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