Great Lakes Boat Building School

Accessibility Services

Accessibility Policy Statement

Great Lakes Boat Building School is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive  environment for people of all abilities. Our Operations Office is committed to helping students with disabilities participate as fully as possible in our programs, services and activities.  It is our policy that persons with disabilities will have access to any program, service, or activity offered by the school that is comparable to the access received by persons without disabilities, unless such access would place an undue burden upon the school. If technologies or other products are needed to provide access to school programs, services, or activities, we will make every reasonable effort to purchase such products. It should be noted that The Comprehensive Career Boat Building Program and the Marine Service Technology Program are both physically demanding and require all applicants to:

  • Repeatedly lift items of up to 50lbs throughout the day;
  • Work with their arms above their head for long periods of time;
  • Kneel and walk for long periods of time on cement surfaces;
  • Stand roughly 6 hours a day;
  • Bend/stoop, squat/crouch, climb, and twist throughout the day;
  • Be able to climb up and down ladders repeatedly;
  • Work and move around, under, inside, and outside of boats;
  • Work around moving equipment;
  • Work in tight/small spaces;
  • Work among and with very noisy machines and power tools;
  • Work among dust particles and wear appropriate safety gear;
  • Operate hand and power tools for long periods of time; and
  • Work in close proximity to fellow classmates and Faculty.

Applicants who are uncertain of their physical ability to satisfy any of these requirements should contact the Operations Office to discuss any concerns.

Students with disabilities have a right to:

  • Request accommodations through the Operations Office.
  • Receive accommodations appropriate to their disability in order to fully participate in, or benefit from, GLBBS’ programs, services, and activities in a non-discriminatory, integrated manner.

To obtain the necessary accommodations, students are responsible for:

  • Meeting with the Operations Office to register for an accommodation plan.
  • Providing current supporting documentation regarding the requested accommodations.


Student Requirements for Accommodations

All students who identify themselves as having a disability should contact the Operations Office to request accommodations.  Students with disabilities have the same obligations that all students have to meet all GLBBS standards for academic performance and codes of conduct. Faculty members are not obligated to provide accommodations to students without proper authorization and notification from the Operations Office. Students should contact the Operations Office to make an appointment for setting up their accommodations. For new incoming students, we recommend submitting documentation and meeting with the Operations Office at least four weeks prior to the start of your first semester to ensure that your accommodations are in place on the first day of classes. 

Prior to the accommodations appointment at the Operations Office, students need to submit appropriate medical documentation showing that the student is covered under the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  The disability evaluation documentation must be issued by a relevant and credentialed professional and must be dated no more than three years prior to the student’s accommodations request.  The documentation must also demonstrate how the disability affects the individual’s ability to function in one or more major life activities at the school. Based on this documentation, the Operations Office will work with the student to set up an effective accommodations plan in compliance with the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

Students are encouraged to contact the Operations Office as early as possible to make accommodation arrangements.

A sampling of services offered

  • Extended testing time
  • Distraction reduced testing environment
  • Alternative format textbooks
  • Classroom audio recording
  • Test readers or scribes
  • Assistive technology
  • Alternative classroom seating