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:
- Discuss your needs and request accommodations for specific classes for which you are registered.
- Provide documentation that is recent, relevant, verifies functional limitations, and supports your accommodation requests.
- Familiarize yourself with JCC’s Policy Statement for Students With Disabilities
- Review the Association on Higher Education and Disability’s AHEAD Best Practices: Disability Documentation in Higher Education.
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.