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Disability Accommodations

Mission:
To ensure that all students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities.

Criteria:
In order to receive accommodations, written documentation of a physical, medical, and/or psychological condition (for example, visual, hearing and/or speech impairment, mobility, back injury, learning disability) which would cause a severe disadvantage for the student in absence of individualized services must be provided. The documentation must include the following information.

  • A diagnosis of the current disability
  • Date of the diagnosis
  • How the diagnosis was reached
  • How the disability affects a major life activity
  • How the disability affects the student's academic performance
  • The credentials of the professional
  • Note: for learning disabilities, documentation must include test scores and data from standardized testing in the areas of aptitude, achievement, and information processing.

Documentation needed:
Written documentation must be completed by a medical specialist or licensed professional such as a doctor, psychologist, school psychologist, licensed professional counselor, Vocational Rehabilitation diagnostician, optometrist or audiologists. These professionals should have two or more years of direct assessment experience with adults or late adolescents who manifest specific learning disabilities and be trained in administration and interpretation of that particular assessment tool.

An Individual Education Plan (IEP), Summary of Performance or Section 540 Plan from high school alone does not necessarily meet documentation standards. This is because postsecondary education presents different demands than high school education and what you need to meet those demands may be different. In some cases, the nature of the disability may have changed.

Payment for testing:
Students are responsible for finding and paying for assessment and diagnostic services. The cost can range from $450.00-$1500.00. Students may be able to use one or more of the following methods of finance to pay for their assessment.

  • Savings or income.
  • Financial aid.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation. If you are working with a vocational rehabilitation counselor through the Dept. of Human Services, talk to your counselor about your concerns and options.
  • Health insurance. Some health insurance policies will cover learning disability testing and/or psychological evaluations. Please talk to your insurance provider and/or a psychologist for assistance.
  • Other.

Process for placement testing accommodations:
All requests for placement testing accommodations must be submitted through the Student Success Manager, Tammi Garlock. She can be reached by contacting the Student Services Department in building 3, calling 882-3521, or sending an email to garlock@klamathcc.edu. Documentation as outlined above must be submitted. Decisions are made on a case by case basis. You will be notified once the accommodations are in place, at which time you can schedule the placement exam.

Process for classroom disability accommodations:

  • Contact the Student Success Manager located in the Student Services Department in building 3, call 882-3521, or send an email to garlock@klamathcc.edu to set up an appointment to discuss the type of disability, the documentation needed and the accommodations being sought.
  • Complete a Service Request form. This can be picked up when you meet with the Student Success Manager, from a Student Services Representative in building 3, or via the KCC web site.
  • Once documentation is received a determination will be made as to whether the disability meets ADA guidelines and the accommodations are appropriate for the disability(s) listed. A letter will be sent outlining the decision.
  • The student is responsible for notifying the Student Success Manager that they have registered for classes, several weeks before the term starts, in order for the accommodations to be processed in a timely manner.
  • The student is responsible for picking up the instructor accommodation notice as early in the term as possible, taking it to their instructors for signature and then returning it to the Student Success Manager.
  • Once the instructor form is returned, the Student Success Manager will sign the form and copy and distribute the signed instructor accommodation notice to each instructor. Instructors will not provide accommodations without written documentation from the Student Success Manager.
  • The student is responsible for scheduling a follow up appointment to pick up their copy of the instructor notice and to update the Student Success Manager regarding their term progress and accommodation status.

Appealing a decision:
A student may appeal a decision regarding approval of and provisions for accommodations by submitting a Student Appeal Form to Jason Wood, Dean of Student Services. The form can be picked up from the Student Services Department in building 3 or via the KCC web site. Please return the completed form to the Student Services Department.

Adding an accommodation:
A student can request an amendment to their accommodation (s) after a decision has been made by meeting with the Student Success Manager and completing another Service Request form.

  • Please check the box stating "you are making a change to a previously submitted schedule".
  • A determination will be made as to whether the disability meets ADA guidelines and the accommodations are appropriate for the disability(s) listed. A letter will be sent outlining the decision.
  • The student is responsible for picking up the instructor accommodation notice as early in the term as possible, taking it to their instructors for signature and then returning it to the Student Success Manager.
  • Once the instructor form is returned, the Student Success Manager will sign the form, copy and distribute the signed instructor accommodation notice to each instructor. Instructors will not provide accommodations without written documentation through the Student Success Manager.
  • The student is responsible for scheduling a follow up appointment to pick up their copy of the instructor notice and to update the Student Success Manager regarding their term progress and accommodation status.

Renewal of disability accommodations:

  • The student is responsible for notifying the Student Success Manager that they have registered for classes, several weeks before the term starts, in order for the accommodations to be processed in a timely manner.
  • The student is responsible for picking up the instructor accommodation notice as early in the term as possible, taking it to their instructors for signature and then returning it to Tammi Garlock.
  • Once the instructor form is returned, the Student Success Manager will sign the form, copy and distribute the signed instructor accommodation notice to each instructor. Instructors will not provide accommodations without written documentation through the Student Success Manager.
  • The student is responsible for scheduling a follow up appointment to pick up their copy of the instructor notice and to update the Student Success Manager regarding their term progress and accommodation status.

Temporary provisional accommodations:
Temporary provisional accommodations may be authorized for one term only if it appears appropriate to allow time to gather the required documentation. Some of the reasons for this may be based on instructor concerns, academic performance, outdated documentation.

Materials & alternative formats:
The student is responsible for purchasing their own class materials and textbooks. If textbooks are needed in an alternative format which a student cannot access themselves, they can contact the Student Success Manager. Not all textbooks are available in an alternative format. Therefore, KCC may need several extra weeks to convert the textbook into an audiotape or a suitable electronic format. It is the student's responsibility to check back regarding the status of the request.

Additional supports:
We encourage students to use the following supports which are available for ALL students at KCC.

  • Individual instructor consultations.
  • Tutoring services, 882-3521.
  • Career counseling through the Career & Transfer Center, 882-3521.
  • Academic advising through your degree program.
  • Individual consultation with a Student Services Representative or the Student Success Manager to discuss your options.
  • Solutions counseling services, 885-4548.
  • Free local bus transportation.

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