Accessing Disability Support Services

The following are typical services and supports arranged through the DSSO. Actual accommodations are based on disability-related need and are determined case-by-case and course-by-course.

  • Alternate testing formats, time limits, and locations
  • Note-takers and scribes
  • Sign-language interpreters
  • Textbooks and classroom media in accessible format.
  • Assistive technology, software and equipment (e.g. Kurzweil, ZoomText, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Personal FM Systems)
  • Academic advisement, assistance, and advocacy

Steps to Take:

Contact the Disability Support Services Office (DSSO) and arrange to meet with the coordinator or, submit a Disability Declaration and Accommodations Request Form.

When you meet with the coordinator, be prepared to:

Once reasonable accommodations have been agreed upon:

  • A letter will be sent to you and to your instructors authorizing your accommodations.
  • You will need to meet with each of your instructors to arrange the logistics of your accommodations (e.g. time and location for your tests, identifying classroom assistants, etc.)
  • Keep the coordinator apprised of any needed modifications to your requests.

Keep in mind:

  • Disability documentation from high school does not follow you to college
  • All accommodations are arranged on a case-by-case, course-by-course basis and do not automatically carry over from semester to semester.
  • For those requests beyond the scope of authority of the disability services coordinator to decide there is a Special Modification Requests Procedure and written requests are heard by a committee appointed by the academic dean.
  • The college can best meet the needs of students if requests for accommodations are made as soon as possible after a master schedule is published. For those students who have a disability requiring services from outside the college, such as alternate media or sign-language interpreters, we strongly urge three months advance notice.
  • All disability related information is treated confidentially.

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