Who We Serve
While working at Shoreline Community College you will meet students with different types of disabilities. Students with learning, health, sensory, physical, psychological or temporary disabilities are eligible to receive services through the Services for Students with Disabilities office. The Services for Students with Disabilities office is part of Student Support Services which is location in room 5226 (FOSS building). Students who require disability-related academic accommodations should be working with the office to receive appropriate accommodations. Some of the students that should be receiving special accommodations are not aware of the services that could be provided to help them achieve their best academic performance and need to be referred to the office.
Frequently Used Forms
- Accommodated Test Instruction Form
These directions accompany exams for students who are proctored by the Accommodated Testing Center at Special Services.
- Faculty Presentation Handbook
This document contains information about our department, our organizational structure, and resources for instructing and advising students with disabilities and veterans.
Examples of accommodations that may be provided to students include, but are not limited to
- Priority registration
- Extended testing time
- Quiet, or private room to take tests
- Notetaking services
- Books in alternative format (Braille, audio, large print or electronic format) Students who need books in alternative format may need to contact their instructors well before the quarter begins to request a book list, syllabus or reading instructions. This accommodation is requested early due to the fact that obtaining text in alternative format takes a great deal of time.
- Permission to Use Digital Tape Recorder to record lectures,
- Copies of overhead transparencies shown in class,
- ASL interpreters,
- adjustable chairs or
- additional time to complete exams.
Please feel free to contact the Services for Students with Disabilities program at 206-546-4545 (extension 4545 on campus) if you have any questions or concerns regarding disability accommodations.
How Accommodations Are Established
Students must submit information and meet with the Office of Special Services to establish appropriate accommodations. Students must provide documentation of their disability from a health care professional. Once accommodations have been established, both the Instructor, and the Student will be notified by email of the approved accommodations.
Rights and Responsibilities
Obligations of the College to Students
- Assure that no student is denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimination under the educational program or activity operated by the recipient because of the absence of educational auxiliary aids for students with impaired sensory, manual, or speaking skills.
- Make available to all student’s information on the services available to students with disabilities, including the name and location of the Services for Students with Disabilities office, and the process for accessing those services.
- Maintain the academic integrity of its programs.
- Not make pre-admission inquiry as to whether the applicant has a disability, except as provided by law.
Obligations and Rights of the Qualified Student
The College is obligated to provide academic adjustments to a qualified student with a known disability. What is appropriate for the student is a case-by-case determination. It is the obligation of the student to seek the academic adjustments. An individual who seeks academic adjustments under this policy is responsible for documenting the nature and extent of the disability. The College will work collaboratively with the individual in determining the appropriate academic adjustment.
To ensure that appropriate accommodations are provided in a timely manner it is the
student's responsibility to:
- Provide timely notice and documentation of the nature and extent of the disability, and the academic adjustment requests of students, to The Office of Special Services before registering for classes.
- Provide documentation on the nature and extent of their disability.
- Cooperate with Services for Students with Disabilities office to develop an appropriate plan for academic adjustments.
- Communicate with instructors the need for academic adjustments in classes, as necessary.
- Promptly notify the Services for Students with Disabilities office of any problems encountered in receiving the agreed-upon academic adjustment.
Collaborating with Faculty
Confidential and Voluntary
The authority to make the initial academic adjustment decisions on behalf of the institution has been assigned by the college president to the Services for Students with Disabilities.
Services for Students with Disabilities office is committed to a reasonable approach in the identification of students with disabilities, including contacting all students who voluntarily self-identify during the college admission or orientation process. Information regarding a disability will be kept confidential according to Federal and State privacy regulations unless a student signs a Release of Information Form in accordance with college procedures.
Quizzes and Exams
- All quizzes and exams will need to be provided to the SSD office ahead of time.
- The amount of time needed to make the conversion depends on the class, and the format in which it will be converted.
- Material being Brailed (such as math exams) will need to be provided one to two weeks in advance.
- If the student will be taking quizzes or exams at the SSD office, the times/dates for the exams will need to be provided (for example, on the syllabus) at the beginning of the quarter so that we can be sure to have the student’s accommodation needs met during the exam.
- Please visit our Testing Accommodations page for more in-depth process and detail about applications in evening and online courses.
- When lecturing please be sure to describe everything that you are writing or referring to on the board. Rather than saying “this thing moves over here.” It is better to say “the rod moves four inches to the left.”
- The student should ask questions if they do not understand what is being presented, but sometimes they feel more comfortable expressing by alternate means (such as office hours or in written email or discussion post) than when the instructor has directly requested that they speak up if they do not understand.
Applying Reasonable Accommodations Together
Academic accommodations are services that are put in place to give students with disabilities equal access to education. Accommodations are individualized to each student, and are based on the way their disability impacts them academically. Examples of types of accommodations include but are not limited to: notetaking services, text in alternative format, Sign Language interpreters, use of adjustable chairs or adaptive technology, large print materials, and exam accommodations including additional time or the use of a computer.
There are federal and state laws mandating that students with disabilities have equal access to an education, and the SSD office is here to assist you in making sure those students receive accommodations. It is not the sole responsibility of the SSD office to provide the accommodations; we are here to assist the faculty members and the institution in the provision of accommodations. Sometimes we are able to set up accommodations without working with the instructors. Other times we may need to gather information from faculty members prior to the beginning of the quarter in order to assure that accommodations are provided in a timely manner.
All students must provide documentation of their disability from a qualified professional (such as a physician or psychologist) and set up an intake appointment with a Specialist from the SSD office in order to determine what accommodations are appropriate.
In most instances, the implementation of accommodations goes smoothly and students receive the accommodations they need. However, there are times when complications arise, and in these cases you are strongly urged to contact the SSD office to discuss the difficulties and potential resolutions. On rare occasions an accommodation that has been approved by the SSD office may create a “fundamental alteration” to the course, and therefore may not be appropriate. In these cases the faculty member should contact the SSD office for consultation prior to denying the accommodation for the student.
There are legal considerations to make before denying an accommodation, so it is in your best interest to consult with the SSD office. Since the provision of accommodations is legally mandated, students do have legal options to pursue if they feel they have not been accommodated or been discriminated against due to their disability.