Below is important information about the next steps to receiving and making arrangements for academic accommodations for classes.
Click on the name of an accommodation from the list below to review information and instructions on what you will need to do.
For all other accommodation questions, please talk with your Accommodation Access Advocate.
If you need to check which accommodations you are eligible for, follow the instructions found here.
The Test Centers provide academic and certification exams in a quiet, proctored environment for students and community members. The Test Centers also provide an alternative testing environment for students with approved testing accommodations.
To take an exam or quiz in the Test Center, students need to:
You will need to know:
First, you'll need to talk with your instructor about all your testing arrangements, as it will change depending on the format of the exam or quiz.
That's okay! Please just reschedule your testing appointment with the Test Center for the new date and time.
If you don't want to use your testing accommodations and want to stay in the classroom you will need to discuss this with your instructor at least 3 days prior to the exam. By doing this, you may be forfeiting your extended time, and the instructor may ask you to document that you are agreeing to take the exam in the classroom without your accommodations.
If you scheduled an Exam Appointment, you will need to cancel your appointment.
Learning Supports (Tutoring): The Learning Commons provides learning supports(tutoring) assistance to students for their academic classes. They provide a variety of options, such as individual supports, walk-in support, and online supports. Check their website for more information (see information below)
Alternative Textbooks or (E-Text) is an electronic alternative option to physical textbooks for students. Kirkwood Tutoring Services work with publishers companies to provide accessible textbooks to students to use with assistive technology software.
To submit your requests for alternative textbooks/e-text, contact Tutoring Services. You will be asked to complete some paperwork and provide textbook information in order to process your request. You will need a physical copy of your textbook or a copy of your purchase receipt.
Kirkwood provides students with access to Read and Write, an assistive technology tool to help with reading, writing and expressing oneself. Read and Write is a computer software that will reads aloud word, pdf, and websites, which helps students have access to their course materials.
Tutoring Services provides tutorials and installations of Read and Write for students. Contact Tutoring Services to schedule an appointment to get access to Read and Write.
If you are approved for any note-taking accommodations, it is important that you talk with your instructor about these accommodations and the best way to get access to course material.
If you have been approved to use an electronic device for note-taking, you will need to have a conversation with your instructor to discuss:
This includes taking photos of the presentation board, or audio recording lectures.
There may be times when recording is not allowed during class, such as when there is classroom discussion over content not being tested on that includes personal or sensitive information. The student is responsible for stopping any audio recording and deleting or disposing of this content if recorded. Any recordings on an electronic device is for academic purposes only, and cannot be shared with others. Any student found to be sharing the information will be reported to the Dean of Students.
If you require a specific seat in your course, talk with your instructor about how to best ensure that you always have access to that seat. In most cases, this is not an issue but there are some instances when students will get together in groups, or will be moving from a classroom to a lab where it may be an issue. Each classroom is different, so if there are concerns related to finding a specific seat in the classroom, please contact your Accommodations Access Advocate.
Accommodation letters are valid for one semester only. In order to continue to receiving accommodations each semester, students need to renew their accommodations. Students can renew their accommodations online or by scheduling an appointment with their Accommodations Access Advocate.