WHAT ACCOMMODATIONS REALLY MEAN:
Accommodations are tools that grant students with disabilities access to educational opportunities. Accommodations are not intended to alter or lower the standards or expectations of a course or exam; they are designed to assist students in learning the same material and meet the same expectations as their classmates who do not have a disability. In certain cases, the EAC needs professional documentation to support the request of certain accommodations. Below are examples of some of the accommodations provided by the EAC:
- Alternative Format Books – Alternate format books include instructional materials, textbooks, and/or other reading materials presented in formats that are accessible by individuals with disabilities. Examples of alternate format books include audio books and books in PDF formats. Students requesting alternative format books should contact the EAC prior to the start of a semester.
- Assistive Technology and Training – Assistive technology refers to software or various tools that help people who have difficulty speaking, typing, writing, hearing, and/or seeing. Examples of assistive technology includes Assistive Listening Devices, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Screen Readers, among others. Individual assistance or training on assistive technology is available by appointment only.
- Reduced-Distraction and/or Extended Exam Time – Instructor exams, as well as the COMPASS, are administered in different reduced-distraction environments located on each TCC campus. Depending on the nature of the disability, students can test for a longer period of time. All exams are administered by appointment only.
- Reading and Scribing – EAC staff members are qualified to read an exam to a student and/or write his/her answers based on professional documentation. Readers and scribers are available as needed for exams by appointment, and they are not responsible for ensuring proper grammar and punctuation.
- Special Seating – Reserved seating, adjustable desks and/or chairs are available for students registered with the EAC based on the student’s disability. Special seating can be placed in different locations of a classroom, e.g., front row, center, depending on the need. Special seating is also arranged through the EAC for any TCC event.
- Note-taker – A note-taker is a qualified individual whose job it is to take notes for students who, due to their disability, find it difficult to take notes for themselves. The EAC provides note-taking paper and assistance with recruitment of note-takers in the classroom. Students who would like to record class lectures may check out a digital recorder from the appropriate EAC Counselor.
If you have any questions about accommodations, please contact the Education Access Center (EAC).