Services offered to students with disabilities are designed to level the playing field for those students, promote retention and maintenance of good academic standing by providing reasonable accommodations when appropriate. Services are provided when deemed necessary and reasonable for a particular student and are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Educational Support Plan (ESP)
An ESP is a comprehensive plan which specifies appropriate classroom accommodations, which may include: alternative testing arrangements, extended time, distraction-free/quiet testing room, oral exams, readers, scribe, note-takers, use of a word processor, spell checkers, tape recorders, large print, preferential/special seating, magnifier screens, wrist supports, ergonomic chairs/tools, anti-glare screens, captioning of videos, rooms relocation, interpreters, or assistive technology. The Educational Support Plan is created collaboratively with the student and Disability Services Coordinator.
Students with documented disabilities are entitled to alternative testing accommodations. These accommodations are designed to adjust testing conditions to validly measure what the student with a disability has learned rather than merely measuring the impact of that person’s disability. The most common testing accommodations include: extended time (time and a half or double time is most common), quiet/distraction-free environment, or oral exams.
Disability Counseling/Advocacy Assistance
The Disability Services Coordinator is available to provide support and advocacy to address the unique personal and academic issues of students with disabilities.
Other services/assistance available
Computer Services include: Zoom Text, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Kurzweil Readers and other assistive technology is available through the Disability Services Coordinator.
Interpretive Services: Sign-language interpreters can be arranged through the Disability Services Coordinator for students who are hearing impaired.
Attendant Care/Personal Assistants: Are not provided by the college, but assistance can be given in locating community resources which may be able to provide this service.
Auxiliary/Assistive Classroom Devices: The College has available for loan the following devices: FM systems, anti-glare screens, magnifiers, ergonomic chairs, ergonomic wrist supports, and tape recorders. Other assistive technology may be available as needed.
Reader Services: Students may be able to access by loan taped texts free of charge.
Note Takers: The College will provide note-taking services and photocopying through the Disability Services Coordinator.
Tutoring Services: All SCC students (regardless of documented disability) may apply to receive up to five free hours of tutoring each week. Tutoring services are provided on an individual and group bases through the Student Support Services office. In addition, the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) staffs learning consultants during regular college hours to assist students with their academic needs.
Please Note: Class Attendance policy is not determined by the Disability Services Coordinator but is at the discretion of each faculty member and should be noted on the course syllabus. Students are expected to note the importance of regular class attendance and accept it as a personal responsibility. Students must understand that there are consequences of poor class attendance, whatever the reason for the absences. The Disability Services office can provide written verification addressing the legitimacy of excessive absences but this verification may not necessarily excuse the absences.