What is a disability?

A disability is a physical or mental disorder that limits one or more things you want and need to do. It can make it difficult to:

  • walk, see, hear, or breathe
  • take care of oneself
  • learn
  • work


Adults with disabilities include, but are not limited to, persons with conditions, diseases, and infections, such as these:
physical, sight, speech, and hearing disability epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, infection with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), intellectual disability, emotional disability, specific learning disability.

Persons with a history of such a condition or otherwise considered as having such a condition are also considered as people with disabilities.

(*as described in Federal and State Laws)


Adult Learner with a Disability? What you should know…

As an individual with a disability, you are entitled to accommodations. Your needs should be discussed after admission to the program. The school may request records that provide information about your
learning needs.


What are accommodations?

Accommodations are changes made to help you learn the skill or do the work
necessary for you to learn. They may include:

  • using different kinds of learning materials
  • using special services
  • needing special testing options
  • needing adaptive equipment

Accommodations should not create “undue hardship” for the College.
You may not get the most expensive or “best” accommodation, just one that will help you do what needs to be done. Some of these accommodations may be appropriate for you in the classroom and test setting:

  • extra time for testing and learning
  • individual tests
  • frequent rest breaks
  • private work area
  • calculators
  • note takers
  • oral or sign language interpreters
  • tapes, large print or Braille
  • taped, typed or dictated answers
  • special class or test settings
  • adaptive equipment
  • written instructions
  • assisting devices
  • building access

Please contact Xela Brutus at 941.751.7900 x 1034 – brutusx@manateeschools.net


What You Can Do For Yourself

You are encouraged to tell your school’s Designee for Disability Services, listed below under Contact, about your need for accommodations if you want help.

You may bring reports and information about your need for accommodations. Examples include medical, psychological or educational records or a vocational rehabilitation or support plan. The report(s) should have all of the following: description of how the disability affects learning, recommendations for specific strategies, and accommodations in education made necessary by the disability. Your request should be based on your current abilities as accommodation needs change over time.

You can learn better if you know how to help yourself. Become your own advocate. Provide information about your need for accommodations. All information will be kept confidential.



Please contact Xela Brutus at 941.751.7900 x 1034 – brutusx@manateeschools.net for more information.