Disability Services at Kishwaukee College complies with the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. As such, Kishwaukee College strives to provide equal and equitable provision of all programs, services and activities for individuals with disabilities.
The definition of a disability, as stated in the ADAAA, is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, this includes people who have a record of such impairment. The ADAAA also protects against discrimination on the following two conditions: an individual that is regarded as having a disability and a person’s association with a person with a disability. Some examples of possible disabling conditions, not exhaustive, include vision and hearing loss, ADHD, learning disabilities, mental health conditions (depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD), physical, chronic health (seizure disorder, diabetes, MS etc).
To receive reasonable and appropriate accommodations, students must provide current documentation of their disability/condition and meet with the Accommodation Specialist to determine what appropriate accommodations may be approved. To receive accommodations in a timely manner, students are encouraged to begin this process as early as possible because many accommodations take significant time to implement. Examples of accommodation may include, but are not limited to: extra time for testing; non-distracting testing environment; auditory testing; notetaking; sign language interpreters; modified materials such as large print, braille or auditory material. Accommodations are determined on an individual basis and must be supported by documentation of need.
Kristen Taylor, Accommodation Specialist