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Accommodation Services

Accommodation and Access support services for students with disabilities.

Fall 2020 - Next Steps to Academic Accommodations

Fall 2020 - Next Steps to Academic Accommodations 

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been changes to the services available to students in the Learning Services department which also may change how accommodations will look for each of your classes. Below are the updated Next Steps to Academic Accommodations as of 09/08/20. NOTE: Services may vary by campus. Please check with your Accommodations Access Advocate if you attend classes at a county/regional center or for help accessing services. 

  1. Review the information below that match your specific accommodations. To check your accommodations, look at a copy of your Accommodation Letter* or login to your AIM Accommodations Profile (See the Check My Accommodations Eligibility in my AIM Profile section).

*Hint: a copy of your accommodation letter will be in your Kirkwood student email.

  1. Follow up with your instructors about your accommodations and discuss any arrangements that need to be made in order to ensure that your accommodations are in place.
  2. If you have any questions or concerns, schedule an appointment with an Accommodations Access Advocate

Alternative Testing Accommodations

NEW! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Test Center operations will look different at each campus. The Test Centers on Main Campus and Iowa City campus have reduced capacity for testing services. As a result they are open for limited testing, including students with accommodations. For all other campuses, please contact them directly for Test Center hours of operations.

What you need to know:

  • ALL eligible students taking an exam in the Test Center will be REQUIRED to schedule a Testing Appointment (see below).
  • Students enrolled in a face to face course, meaning that you actually come to campus for your class, are permitted to use the Test Center to take their exams with their accommodations.
  • Students enrolled in weblive or online classes will take their exams online, unless there is a specific accommodation need that student to come to campus.
  • Instructors may choose to use a Lockdown browser or other similar proctoring system for online exams. Sometimes this may interfere with assistive technology softwares that read aloud to students. If you are a student who uses these types of softwares, please contact an Accommodations Access Advocate right away to help discuss an alternative option that will still meet your needs.

Remember…

  • Discuss test/quiz arrangements with your instructors including date(s) and time(s) to take tests or quizzes and returning to class afterwards. Your instructor may request that you send them an email with this information.

  • Any student taking their tests in the Test Center will need to know the accommodations they are approved for in order to schedule their appointment (See How to Check my Accommodations). 

If you choose NOT to use your testing accommodations on an exam, you must notify your instructor 2-3 days prior to the exam. The instructor may ask you to document that you are agreeing to take the test in the classroom without extra time being allotted.

To stay updated or to learn more about Test Center services, click on the Covid-19 Updates page on the Test Center Website.

Tutoring Services, Alternative Textbooks, and Assistive Technology

Tutoring Services is continuing to provide support for Alternative Textbooks and Assistive Technology needs.

What you need to know:

  • If you are approved for E-Text or Alternative Textbooks, you will need to connect with Tutoring Services to schedule an appointment and complete paperwork in order to get your textbooks in an accessible format.  Visit the Alternative Textbooks website for more information.
  • All support can be done virtually. Tutoring Services space will be open at a limited capacity for students to receive help.

Remember…

  • Tutoring Services offers several different types of tutoring options. Students can submit a request for a tutor for their classes, the College will make every effort to find a tutor, however it is not guaranteed.

  • Kirkwood utilizes software called Read & Write Gold to read aloud the electronic textbooks. To access this feature, students will need to install Read & Write Gold (free software available to students) on their personal computer. Make an appointment in Tutoring Services to get this software installed on your personal computer or contact the Assistive Technology lab.

Contact Tutoring Services at 319-398-5425 or email tutor.services@kirkwood.edu. Check the Tutoring Services website for up to date information.

Preferential Seating

Instructors are required to provide contact tracing information when necessary. In order to provide accurate information, instructors will have assigned seating in the class. If you need a specific assigned seat due to an accommodation, talk with your instructor about the seat you will need for it.

Schedule a Testing Appointment

Students enrolled in face to face/hybrid course or have specific accommodation needs are eligible to take their tests in the Test Center.

 

To schedule a Testing Appointment, you'll need to know the following information:

1. Testing accommodations you are approved for (How to check my accommodation eligibility

2. Which campus you take your classes at

3. The name of your test, class, and instructor. 

 

Once you have this information, you are ready to schedule a Testing Appointment. Follow the steps below to schedule your Testing Appointment. 

  1. Look at the Testing Appointment options below and choose the option for the campus you take classes at AND your approved accommodations.

  2. Pick the date and time, and complete the questionnaire to schedule your testing appointment.

 

If you have don't know which Testing Appointment option to choose, contact your Accommodations Access Advocate or schedule a Walk - In Appointment here. 

 

Cedar Rapids Main Campus Testing Appointments 

Select an option below to schedule a testing appointment for a class you take at Cedar Rapids Main Campus. 

 

Testing Appointment - Option 1: Use this option if you are approved for at least one of the following accommodations:
  • Extra Time (1.50x or 2.00x)
  • Reduced/Low Distraction 
  • Read & Write to read aloud exams

Click here to schedule a Testing Appointment - Option 1

 

Testing Appointment - Option 2: Use this option if you are approved for at least one of the following accommodations:
  • Individual Testing Room 
  • Read & Write to read aloud exams 
  • Staff Reader or Scribe 
  • Use of Assistive Technology (JAWS, Voiceover, Zoomtext) 
  • Zoom Proctoring 
  • Other

Click here to schedule a Testing Appointment - Option 2

 

Iowa City Campus Testing Appointments 

Select an option below to schedule a testing appointment for a class you take at Iowa City Campus. 
 
Testing Appointment - Option 3: Use option if you are approved for at least one of the following accommodations:
  • Extra Time (1.50x or 2.00x)
  • Reduced/Low Distraction 
  • Read & Write to read aloud exams

Click here to schedule a Testing Appointment - Option 3

 

Testing Appointment - Option 4: Use this option if you are approved for at least one of the following accommodations:
  • Individual Testing Room 
  • Read & Write to read aloud exams 
  • Staff Reader or Scribe 
  • Use of Assistive Technology (JAWS, Voiceover, Zoomtext) 
  • Zoom Proctoring 
  • Other

Click here to schedule a Testing Appointment - Option 4

 

All other campuses, please contact the campus directly. 

 

Check My Accommodations Eligibility in my AIM Profile

To check your accommodations for tests in your AIM profile, follow these steps: 

  1. Login to the AIM Accommodation website with your K# and Password. 
  2. Using the Menu's on the left hand side, click on "My Eligibility" underneath the My Accommodations Menu. 

Image of the My Accommodations Menu with My Eligibility Highlighted

  1. This will list the approved accommodations by category. 

Screenshot image of the My Eligibility page

Renewing Accommodations

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. 

 

In order to be eligible to renew accommodations online a student must:

  1. Have had an accommodation letter in one of the previous two semesters and keeping accommodations the same.
  2. Must be registered for classes. NOTE: The AIM system takes 24 hours to update a students classes. This includes any changes to schedules.

To renew accommodations online: 

  1. Login to the AIM Accommodation website with your K# and Password. 
  2. Follow the steps outlined in the document (below) Steps to Renew Accommodation Letter. 
Note: If you have any issues with renewing your accommodations contact the Learning Services office. 
 

Or schedule an appointment with an Accommodations Access Advocate to renew your accommodations if: 

  • Need to make changes to your existing accommodations, or your situation has changed and you need new or additional accommodations
  • You are having difficulty renewing your accommodations through the online AIM system. 
 

Students Taking Classes at Main Campus/Iowa City Campuses

Click here to Schedule an Appointment with an Accommodations Access Advocate

Students Taking Classes at a County or Regional Center Campuses

Contact the Learning Services office at 319-398-5574 and we will connect you with your campus advocate.