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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. Request Accommodations.
    Make a request by submitting an application for accommodations following the link provided below. In order to submit the request you will need to know your Kirkwood Knumber and Password. If you need any assistance in filling out this application, please contact the Learning Services office at 319-398-5574.
     
  2. Provide documentation.
    While filling out the online application for Accommodations, you will be asked to upload documentation supporting your request. Documentation may also be submitted in person at the Learning Services office, by fax at 319-398-4933
     
    If you wish to sign a release to allow Kirkwood to obtain documentation on your behalf, please contact Nic Jones at 319-398-5574.

    Kirkwood Community College accepts the following types of documentation:
    • A recent IEP or 504 plan
    • A psychoeducational or neuropsychological evaluation
    • A letter from a current physician, psychologist, counselor, or other licensed professional
    • Any relevant medical records
    • A Summary of Performance or Support for Accommodation Request Form (SAR Form)
    • A copy of an accommodation letter from a previous college or university

    Documentation must include the following:
    1. Clear statement of the disability (e.g. diagnosis)
    2. A summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis
    3. Describes how the disability impacts the student’s major life activities specifically learning
    4. Summary of educational, developmental and/or medical history
    5. Recommendations of reasonable accommodations which are appropriate at the postsecondary level
    6. Must be typed, on an official letterhead, and must include a qualified professional’s credentials.

    We will not accept any of the following as documentation:
    • Handwritten letters from licensed professionals.
    • Entries from patient medical charts.
    • Information written on prescription pads.
    • Information that is illegible.
    • Self-evaluations.
    • Information from non-professionals.
    • Research articles.
    • Documentation provided by a member of the student’s family

     
  3. Initial Meeting.
    When your application and documentation have been received, you will be notified at your Kirkwood email address with instructions on scheduling an initial meeting. It is your responsibility to contact our department to schedule this meeting. At this meeting, you will discuss the areas where you need academic assistance, and will be assigned a case manager, and an Accommodation Letter will be written.
     
  4. Accommodation Letter Sent to Instructors.
    Students are responsible for communicating with their instructors about their accommodations to ensure their accommodations are provided in a timely manner. Instructors will receive an electronic copy of the Accommodation Letter via email.
     
 

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.