Accommodation Services assists students through an interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations to ensure students have equal access to the educational opportunities. Staff provide advocacy and support for students with disabilities while working with and providing training for faculty, staff and the College to remove unnecessary barriers.
Accommodation Services is here to provide advocacy, quality services, and support to students, faculty, and staff. The College is committed to creating an environment that is welcoming, inclusive and accessible.
Our staff serve as Accommodations Access Advocates and provide the following supports for students with disabilities:
Advocate for equal access and inclusion for students with disabilities
Provide academic support (such as academic skill building) and connect students with college and community resources
Collaborate with faculty and staff to remove unnecessary barriers
Maintain up to date knowledge of disability related policies, procedures, and law
Accommodation Services main office location is on the Cedar Rapids Main Campus. Advocates are available at the Iowa City campus, and all county and regional centers.
Accessibility and Accommodation Law Requirements
Colleges and universities have an obligation to provide access to students with disabilities in all institutional programs and activities. This obligation is articulated in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Dear Colleague Letters issued by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, and/or the U.S. Department of Justice and numerous state and local laws.
Kirkwood Community College has established policies and procedures to implement provisions of the above cited legal documents. 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. Policies can be found in the Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog and Policy Manager for Employees.
If you require academic modifications related to COVID-19 because you are at an increased risk for severe illness due to a certain underlying medical condition as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please fill out the COVID-19 Accommodations Request.
PLEASE NOTE: It will be necessary for most students to provide specific documentation from a qualified healthcare provider to assist in determination of eligibility for accommodations. Our Documentation Guidelines can be found here.
If you already work with Accommodation Services to access disability related accommodations, please contact your Accommodations Access Advocate as soon as possible to discuss your COVID-19 related concerns by scheduling an appointment.
If you have not previously connected with Accommodation Services, please begin by completing our online Application for Accommodations.