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Disability Accommodations

The University provides disability accommodations for students with documented disabilities according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Contact the Academic Success Center for documentation requirements and forms to be completed by a qualified professional.  Students should apply for accommodations at least 30 days prior to their first semester on campus.  For students with exceptional accommodations, we require notification at least 60 days prior to their first semester at CIU.

The Academic Success Center can be reached by email at
or by phone (803-807-5611).

Grievance Procedure -

An explanation of the Academic and General Grievance Procedures can be found in the online catalog.  If a satisfactory resolution of a disability grievance cannot be reached within the University, students should contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.

Know Your Rights

This is a link to a brochure on the rights of disabled students in higher education provided by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.

South Carolina Assistive Technology Program

The SCATP provides workshops on a variety of assistive technology topics and maintains a resource center of AT devices for trial as well as a staff of experts to help you solve your Assistive Technology (AT) problems.   SCATP also sponsors the South Carolina Assistive Technology Expo every spring.  This free Expo includes exhibits and workshops on the latest assistive technology for people with disabilities and age-related limitations.

DART Transportation

DART is a curb-to-curb, advanced reservation, shared ride transportation service for people with disabilities who are unable to access CMRTA buses, within the Columbia city limits.  There is a fee and riders must be pre-certified to ride.

Learning Ally

Learning Ally (formerly Reading for the Blind & Dyslexic) is an educational library serving people who cannot effectively read standard print because of a disability.  Learning Ally provides recorded textbooks at all educational levels in a broad range of subjects.  Membership is required.

Talking Book Services

Talking Book is a service of the SC State Library for residents with temporary or permanent limitations such as visual impairments, learning disabilities, and those who cannot hold a book or turn pages.  The Library provides recorded books and magazines, large print and Braille books and magazines, and described movies for the visually impaired.

Braille Embosser

A Braille embosser is available in the Academic Success Center Office.  Students may sign up to use it during office hours.

Bender Consulting Services

Bender Consulting Services is a nationwide consulting firm that places individuals with disabilities in jobs.  Their positions are mostly technical, but not exclusively.  They maintain online job postings and will provide resumes of applicants to potential employers.

Career Gateway

Career Gateway is the only nationwide job posting and college student resume database which focuses on college students with disabilities.  It is used by students seeking employment and browsed by employers looking for qualified employees.

Disaboom Jobs

Disaboom Jobs is a collaboration between Disaboom and JobCentral to connect graduating students with employers who are actively seeking to hire graduates with disabilities.

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