Accessible furniture (a free-standing desk or table and chair) are located in most all of the classrooms on campus. Science labs feature accessible stations which are accessible for wheelchairs. However, there are some buildings featuring classrooms which do not have free standing table/desks or chairs. Further, you may have a furniture need or request that is more specific. In either of the cases, please follow the steps below.
BEFORE CLASSES BEGIN: Once a student who anticipates they may need specific furniture enrolls in courses for the upcoming semester, they should physically check out each classroom where the class is scheduled to meet. If doing this proves difficult, the student can email or call the SAS office to request that the SAS Office meet the student on campus to assess the classrooms together or SAS can try to assess the space on the student’s behalf as needed.
Students requesting furniture accommodations must be registered with the SAS office and provide appropriate documentation from their treating physician verifying they are unable to use existing furniture. Documentation should specify the medical condition and disability resulting in a need for accessible furniture and discuss the way in which the furniture accommodates their need(s).
Students should make an appointment with a SAS Counselor to request the accessible or specialized furniture accommodation. Please allow for two weeks for SAS to coordinate furniture accommodations.
- Please note if it is necessary to purchase furniture for the student, there will be an additional delay (approximately one month). Due to MiraCosta College’s purchasing procedures, furniture is ordered through specific vendors; SAS will work diligently to help ensure prompt fulfillment of the request. For these reasons, it is extremely important that students who believe they will need accessible furniture make their requests and provide documentation as soon as possible. Delay in making the request may result in delay in provision of service.
- SAS will inform faculty regarding the placement of the specific furniture in the classroom and priority use by the student with a disability during class/lab hours.
- Students should bring their own cushions or orthopedic support as needed to use in the classroom. The College is not responsible for personal items left in the classroom.
- Accessible or specialized furniture provided by SAS is not prescriptive in nature and should be considered only as a means to improve classroom access.
If there are any problems with the furniture (the furniture is missing from the room, it is constantly being moved, another student is using it etc.), then it is the student’s responsibility to notify the SAS office immediately at 760.795.6658 so we can address the concern(s).