New to DS
To request accommodations please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Submit documentation
Documentation establishes the nature of a disability and/or health condition and how it impacts the student in the educational environment. For more information, please review the documentation guidelines and the New Student Information Form, or give us a call. We would be glad to setup a consult appointment to discuss documentation options. Disability-related documentation can be submitted in person to the Student Success Services Front Desk, emailed to email@example.com.
Step 2: Schedule an Access Planning Meeting (APM)
Once documentation has been submitted, please contact DS to schedule an Access Planning Meeting with DS Director. Appointments can be made by either calling the DS office at 206.934.3697, emailing the DS office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or scheduling the appointment using Starfish. While in-person meetings are preferred, an APM can be conducted over the phone, or Zoom when appropriate.
The purpose of the Access Planning Meeting is to engage in an interactive process to discuss with the DS Director how a student’s documented disability impacts their academic performance and to identify appropriate accommodations and/or auxiliary aids that can be implemented to create equal access in the areas where there are barriers caused by a disability.
Academic accommodations will be approved on a case by case basis and are individually designed to create equal access for a student. They can be approved on a provisional, temporary and/permanent basis by DS, and additional or alternative accommodations can be requested/reviewed as a student progresses through their academic pursuits at the college.
Accommodations for placement testing will also be arranged if needed and appropriate.
Step 3: Letter of Accommodation
Once accommodations are identified and approved, a Letter of Accommodation (LOA) will be sent to the eligible student and their faculty members via email. This email explains the accommodations the student will need and any other pertinent information the faculty may need to be aware of to ensure the accommodations are met. The student is encouraged to meet with their faculty as soon as possible to discuss their disability-related needs relative to the design, nature, and intended learning objectives of the individual course in which they are enrolled.
Students are responsible for requesting accommodations each quarter in which they are needed. Please see our How to Set Up Accommodations.
Some accommodations, such as the placement of adjustable furniture or arranging Sign Language interpreters, are arranged directly by the DS office.
Instructors are not required to provide accommodations until they receive the letter of accommodation. Accommodations are not retroactive.
You are encouraged to review the DS Student Handbook prior to your appointment.