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Accommodation Services, as part of the Learning Services department, offers support for students with disabilities. These services are available to qualified students at no cost. Using a team approach to assist students, staff on main campus and all county sites work with students to determine reasonable accommodations and ensure that instructors are aware of accommodations needed.

Kirkwood Community College has established policies and procedures to implement provisions of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act. These policies and procedures are used to determine reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities to meet academic and technical standards required for their educational program.

For more information, stop by the Learning Services Office at 2063 Cedar Hall at the Cedar Rapids campus. Or call 319-398-5574 (TTY 398-5451) or email us at learningservices@kirkwood.edu. If you attend classes at an off-campus location, contact the Learning Services Office first and you will be redirected to your local campus contact, if necessary.

Process for Requesting Academic Accommodations

  1. Complete the Accommodations Request Form. This can be done on-line by following this link: online accommodation request form.  Or pick up a paper version of the request form at the Learning Services office (2063 Cedar Hall), the One Stop at the Iowa City campus, or from the County Coordinator at any of the county or regional centers.
  2. Provide documentation.  This information will be used to support the accommodations you are requesting.  This can be a copy of a recent IEP or 504 plans from your High School, or a letter or medical records provided by the medical professional you work with.  You can bring this information to the Learning Services office, or fax it to 319-398-4933 or scan it to: learningservices@kirkwood.edu.
  3. Case Manager assigned.  Once the Accommodation Request form and the supporting documentation is received in the Learning Services office, and you are registered for classes, you will be assigned to an Accommodations Case Manager who will work with you to write your Accommodation Plan.
  4. Contact your Accommodations Case Manager.  Once you are given the name and contact information for your Accommodations Case Manager it is your responsibility to contact the Case Manager to set up a time to meet.  At this meeting you and your Case Manager discuss the areas where you need academic assistance and together will write the Student Accommodation Plan.
  5. Show the Student Accommodation Plan to your instructors. You will take the form to your instructors, ask them to read it and sign at the bottom. This is your opportunity to discuss with the instructor the accommodations you will need in the classroom.  Once the instructors have signed the form your requested accommodations can begin.  The signed form is then returned to the Case Manager. You may ask your Case Manager for a copy of the form for you to keep.

Reasonable Accommodations

Your Case Manager will help you determine the accommodations which are best for you.  Examples of reasonable accommodations include:

  • Testing accommodations: additional time when taking a test, a quiet environment for testing, having the test read to you or having a scribe to write answers.
  • Recording class lectures: using a recording device when the instructor is lecturing to allow you to listen to the recording at a later time for the purpose of completing notes or re-learning material. (Will be allowed if there are no discussions protected by privacy laws within the lecture.)
  • Other note-taking aides:  having access to lecture notes, power point slides or other note-taking aides provided by the instructor.
  • Specific seating location in class or adjustments to desks, chairs and tables within the classroom: to allow optimal access to the classroom experience.
  • Alternative Text: allows students to receive their textbooks in an electronic format. Read&Write Gold software will be downloaded to your personal computer, which allows you to hear the textbook being read as you follow along. Read&Write Gold software has many features to enhance you reading and writing experience and is provided free of charge. Learn more about alternative text and how you can get started at www.kirkwood.edu/alternativetext.
  • Assistive Technology: students can learn about additional technology aides which may enhance their educational experience.  
  • Sign Language Interpreters: are provided to deaf and hard of hearing students who know American Sign Language (ASL).
  • Other accommodations may be provided on an individualized case-by- case basis when supported by your documentation and individual needs.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • It’s best to request your accommodations and meet with your Case Manager before the semester begins or very early in the semester, but accommodation plans can be written at any time during the semester. Accommodations can begin once the instructor signs the accommodation plan form. They are not retroactive.
  • An accommodation plan is written each semester. The plan does not carry over from semester to semester.
  • There may be times when you need to add accommodations to the original plan written for that semester.  Once you discuss your need for additional accommodations with your Case Manager, the original plan can be amended.