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South Puget Sound Community College has an institutional commitment to providing equal educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Revised Code of Washington: Students with Disabilities – Core Services (RCW 28B.10.912), and Students with Disabilities – Accommodations (RCW 28B.10.914).

Your Rights

You have the right to services and reasonable accommodations providing you meet the basic requirements to perform the activities of the program, that is, you are "otherwise qualified" to be an SPSCC student.

Your Responsibilities

Make an appointment with the Access Services Coordinator and:

  • Identify yourself as a student with a documented disability
  • Present formal written documentation of your disability
  • Request reasonable accommodations at SPSCC
  • Request services early for every quarter you're enrolled
  • Meet and maintain academic standards
  • Communicate with your instructors and Access Services staff about your accommodations and needs

Complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form when you register for classes every quarter you're enrolled. Some accommodations (e.g. interpreting services, text in alternative format [Braille, e-text], textbooks on audiotape, enlarged print, etc.) require substantial advanced notice (15 to 30 working days or more). You should plan to register and request accommodations as soon as possible.

Requesting accommodations for the first time? Follow the steps below.

  1. Call 360-596-5306 or email for an intake appointment.
  2. Bring a completed Intake Form to your appointment.
  3. Along with your Intake Form, you must submit documentation of your disability. The Coordinator will meet with you to review and discuss your needs and will determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations. Requests for accommodations must be made in a timely manner.
  4. A Letter of Accommodation (LOA) will be generated outlining your accommodations. The LOA will be sent to you, the instructor/staff, and the Assessment Center, if appropriate.
  5. It's your responsibility to discuss accommodations with your instructor, schedule your tests with the Assessment Center, and report any issues regarding your accommodations.
  6. Follow up with Access Services if you are not receiving accommodations outlined in your Letter of Accommodation.

Available Services

Depending on the nature of your disability and how it impacts your educational experience, services and accommodations provided on an individually determined basis may include:

  • Textbooks in an alternative format
  • Note takers
  • Readers and/or scribes for exams
  • Braille text or e-text
  • Use of tape recorders
  • Large print text and handouts
  • Extended time on exams
  • Sign language interpreter
  • Use of adaptive equipment/assistive technology
  • Preferential seating (e.g. front of the classroom, ergonomic chair)
  • Real-time captioning

Services not provided by Access Services include:

  • Tutoring/individual instruction
  • Personal aides or attendants
  • Personal devices or equipment (e.g. eyeglasses, wheelchairs, hearing aids, guide animals, etc.)
  • Diagnostic testing for a Learning Disability
  • Transportation services