FIT is committed to ensuring equal access to its educational programs, housing, dining services and all on-campus activities for students with disabilities; accessibility is fundamental to our mission. FIT will provide students the opportunity to learn in a non-discriminatory environment commensurate to their chosen educational goals. Appropriate academic, housing and dining hall accommodations are determined, after the student provides the FIT-ABLE office with the requested documentation and an intake meeting is set up between the student and the coordinator. Accommodations are on an individual, case-by-case basis and in accordance with Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Disabilities that may need accommodations can include learning, physical, sensory, psychological, medical, and certain temporary disabilities. A diagnosis of a disorder or submission of documentation does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations.
Procedures and Services
Located in room A570, the FIT-ABLE coordinator serves as the initial contact for all students with disabilities who wish to self-identify and inquire about receiving campus accommodations. Additional staff members for the FIT-ABLE office include a coordinator for students with learning disabilities, a coach/counselor for nonverbal Asperger students (under projectTHRIVE) and a counselor for assistive technology. Students within the Learning Disabilities program are also eligible for additional tutorial services, as well as academic and career-readiness support.
After acceptance to the college, during the first semester, degree and non-degree students should make an appointment with the coordinator of FIT-ABLE. Students are encouraged to make themselves known to FIT-ABLE by registering with the office. For subsequent semesters it is required that students meet with their FIT-ABLE office counselor in order to reestablish their accommodations as changes occur related to each studentís schedule and ability. Accommodations are not retroactive.
Federal ADA Compliance
FIT seeks the full cooperation of faculty, staff, and administration in the provision of accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services that it has determined to be reasonable and necessary. Any student who believes he or she has been subject to discrimination based upon a disability should report the incident, in writing, to the FIT-ABLE coordinator within 48 hours of the occurrence. A written report may also be submitted to the Affirmative Action Officer in the Office of Planning Assessment & Compliance in A605. The college will promptly investigate all complaints of alleged discrimination and pursue appropriate remedies where necessary. FIT prohibits acts of reprisal against anyone involved in lodging a complaint of discrimination. Conversely, the college considers filing intentionally false reports of discrimination to be a violation of this policy.
The Office of Disability Services is a National Voter Registration Act voter registration site whereby students with disabilities are able to register to vote.