FAQ for Students on Accommodations and Disability Services
Whether you want to transfer to a four-year university or train for a new career, you can request reasonable accommodations to help you succeed. Learn more about accommodations by reading the frequently asked questions below or browsing program offerings.
Disability and Accommodations
Federal disability law defines a person with a disability as “an individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including, but not limited to, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, walking, communicating, reading, learning, focusing and concentrating.”
Accommodation is the modification, adjustment, or elimination of a barrier to a program or service to enable an individual with a disability to participate on an equal basis. Extra time for test-taking, conversion of documents into accessible formats, and real-time captioning are examples of accommodations.
Students should complete the registration form to apply for accommodation services through the Student Access & Disability Services Office. Students should upload documentation on their disability to the registration form or provide the documentation during the intake appointment. Through an interactive process, the Student Access & Disability Services staff member will review the documentation and discuss with the student about the student’s eligibility for accommodations.
The student’s accommodation eligibility is based on the student’s disability documentation, the student’s self-report, information on the functional impact of the student’s disability on the student’s education, and disability-related barriers that the student experiences in receiving equal access to ECC’s programs and services.
The student needs to initiate the request for accommodation services as soon as possible after the student has applied to ECC.
No. The Student Access & Disability Services documentation policy is designed to fit the ECC campus climate.
If a student has previously attended another college and later attends ECC, the student may provide information to the Student Access & Disability Services Office regarding the list of accommodations received at the previous college, but the student must meet the documentation requirements at ECC’s Student Access & Disability Services Office for accommodations at ECC.
If a student will transfer to another college after attending ECC, the student is responsible for contacting the transfer college’s disability resource office to ask about the process and the timeline to request accommodations.
If a student plans on taking a standardized test (e.g., GED, NCLEX, etc.) which is administered by an outside agency, the student should contact the Student Access & Disability Services Office at least two months prior to taking the test for information and assistance in requesting accommodations on those tests.
Yes. Depending on the severity and duration of your condition, accommodations may be available. For example, if you injured your writing hand, we may be able to assist with note-taking supports or speech-to-text technology. Please follow the instructions under New to Student Access & Disability Services to register for services.
Disclosing your disability is always your choice. When you meet with your academic advisor to plan for your classes, you may tell your advisor that you met with a Student Access & Disability Services staff member and that you are eligible for academic accommodations.
All your disability records are confidential, so if you don’t mention your disability or accommodations to your advisor, your advisor will not know that you are registered with the Student Access & Disability Services Office.
Your academic advisor is available to support you in choosing classes that best meet your needs and degree requirements.
No. Your disability status is confidential. The decision to inform your instructors is entirely up to you. Additionally, once you request your accommodation letters, the Student Access & Disability Services Office will only provide your instructors with information on your approved accommodations and will not disclose information on your specific diagnosis.
No. Instructors should not request copies of your disability documentation. Students are only required to share their disability documentation with the Student Access & Disability Services Office.
We encourage students to follow up with their instructors at the beginning of each semester. By doing so, students are showing that they are engaged in the course. Checking in with your instructors is an important step in advocating for your needs. Once you have requested your accommodation letters, you may contact your instructors to introduce yourself. A sample email is below:
Hi Professor XXXX,
My name is XXX. I am a student in your xxxx course. I am writing because you have received an email from the Student Access & Disability Services Office listing my approved accommodations for your course. I would be happy to meet with you to discuss my accommodations. I look forward to working together with you during this semester.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Admissions and Academic Records
Disability status is confidential. ECC will not ask about your disability on the admissions application. If you need accommodations to participate in the admissions process, please contact the Student Access & Disability Services Office.
No. The information that you provide to the Student Access & Disability Services Office is confidential.
Yes. ECC encourages students to meet with a Student Access & Disability Services staff member if they are encountering academic, physical, or attitudinal challenges due to a disability. The Student Access & Disability Services staff member will discuss with the student about campus resources, supports, and ways to obtain documentation.
If you believe you have a learning disability, ADHD, or other type of disability, please contact the Student Access & Disability Services Office for information on where you can go for a neuropsychological evaluation. Through participating in the evaluation, you may better understand the challenges that you have been experiencing as well as strategies, assistive technology, and services to best support you in your life goals.
High School Accommodations
No. Students can still receive accommodations in college; however, IEPs and 504 Plans apply only to K-12 settings. Students must meet with the Student Access & Disability Services staff members to identify accommodations available at the college level.
Assistive Technology and Apps
ReadSpeaker is a tool that allows all ECC students to listen to certain material on D2L. Check out this short video on the great benefits of ReadSpeaker. For other helpful videos on how to use this simple tool, visit:
The Student Access & Disability Services Office has a select number of licenses of Kurzweil software, which provides audio support while you are reading articles, webpages, etc. Kurzweil also provides assistance when writing papers because Kurzweil highlights text while you’re typing an essay, reads aloud what you have typed, and has other useful tools for writing. To learn more about Kurzweil, watch a demo of Kurzweil. Contact the Student Access & Disability Services Office to inquire if you qualify for a license of Kurzweil.
Talk instead of type on your computer:
- Check out these instructions on how to enable the dictation feature in Microsoft Word.
- Check out these instructions on how to enable Google Dictate in your Google Docs.
Listen to the text that you have typed:
The Student Access & Disability Services Office has a limited supply of Livescribe pens, audio recorders, and other devices that may assist you in your educational goals at ECC. If you would like to loan an assistive device from the Student Access & Disability Services Office for the duration of a semester, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-214-7717 to discuss the eligibility requirements.
The ECC Library has a computer with screen-reading software, screen magnification software, and speech-to-text software, and a CCTV for students to use for their homework. For more information, please email email@example.com or call 847-214-7717.