Specific accommodations are determined through an intake with a Disability Services Specialist and a student's documentation. Academic accommodations will be reasonable and appropriate based on a student's disability and do not include services or equipment of a personal nature.
An intake is a conversation to discuss what worked or did not work in the past as well as developing new resources and strategies for the college environment. During an intake, a conversation takes place to discuss the student's strengths, academic concerns, past experiences, and impacts of disability. Documentation provides an understanding of an individual's disability and information to anticipate the current impact of the disability and how it interacts with the college environment. The Disability Services Specialist takes into consideration the information shared during intake along with documentation when developing a plan for services and accommodations. Final approval of the plan for services and accommodations is made by the Director of Disability Services.
Students who are eligible for testing accommodations such as extended time, reader, scribe, or use of adaptive equipment or technology take tests in Disability Services. Students that only require extended time take tests in the Testing Center.
Extended time is 150% the time given to students taking the test in class. For example, a 1-hour exam in class is extended to 1.5 hours. A 2-hour exam in class is extended to 3 hours.
Disability Services provides NCR (No Carbon Required) paper to students with this accommodation free of charge for note taking. Students receiving note taking accommodations have a documented disability that interferes with the individual's ability to take notes in class. Instructors have the responsibility of assisting the student in finding a volunteer note taker from the class. It is recommended that the student speak to their instructor about confidentiality before the instructor makes an announcement.
This is an accommodation to receive an alternate (typically electronic) version of a textbook. Students must purchase, provide receipts, and complete an Alternate Format Text Request form to request any textbook in an alternate format. Upon receiving an alternate format text, students may use text to speech assistive technology to read the textbook.
Sign language interpreting is available to students with a hearing loss whose preferred mode of communication is American Sign Language (ASL). Interpreters are available to students for all college-related business including but not limited to classes, registration, financial aid, meetings with instructors, counseling/advising, orientation and placement testing. It is helpful if students requesting interpreters make their requests two weeks prior to the date of need to ensure adequate time for scheduling. Last-minute requests will be honored whenever possible. The Disability Services Specialist who works with students who use ASL is fluent in ASL and able to provide direct services.
FM Systems are available to students to check-out from the Disability Services. FM Systems are typically used by students with a hearing loss who need sound amplification. FM systems are composed of a transmitter and a receiver. The instructor wears the transmitter, which looks like a wireless microphone, and lectures normally. Instead of the sound being distributed to the room like through a speaker system, the transmitter connects to a receiver. The student can listen using the receiver using headphones and can adjust the sound volume as needed. Some students have hearing aids that include technology allowing them to directly connect to the transmitter thus eliminating the need for headphones. It is important that if an instructor leads a class discussion and is wearing an FM system that they either pass the transmitter with microphone to students or repeat the questions/comments of students. Otherwise the student using the FM System will not have access to the discussion.
MCC offers assistive technology that may benefit students that need to access materials in an alternate way or format. Technology needs will be assessed on a case by case basis.