Access Services

SPSCC has an institutional commitment to provide 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 a South Puget Sound Community College student.

Your Responsibilities

Make an appointment with the Access Services Coordinator:

  • Identify yourself as a student with a documented disability
  • Present formal written documentation of your disability
  • Request reasonable accommodations at South Puget Sound Community College
  • Request services early for every quarter you are enrolled
  • Meet and maintain academic standards
  • Communicate with your instructors and Access Services staff about your accommodations and needs.

REQUEST ACCESS SERVICES FOR THE FIRST TIME
REQUEST ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE QUARTER
Complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form when you register for classes EVERY QUARTER you are 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.

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 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 classroom, ergonomic chair)
  • Real-time captioning

Services NOT provided by Access Services:

  • 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

Forms & Guidelines

Online Resources

U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights: