Auxiliary aids are defined as educational equipment, services or adaptive equipment which assist the student participating in the educational program. These aids do not include individually prescribed devices/equipment, attendants or any other service or device of a personal nature.
Accessibility Services may oversee the request of auxiliary aids. The college will work cooperatively with referring agencies (Vocational Rehab, Rehab for the Blind, etc.) regarding recommendations for auxiliary aids and their provision. In some cases, the referring agency will provide them.
Requests for auxiliary aids should be made at least eight weeks in advance of the semester. The college will make a good-faith effort in attempting to reasonably accommodate students until the auxiliary aid(s) is in place. Computer technology (equipment, software, etc.) involves the cooperation of the referral agency (if any), Information Technology Department (policies, installation, etc.) and the Purchasing Department (policies, availability of auxiliary aid procurement). This is a time-consuming endeavor.
If the auxiliary aids are not in place, due to unforeseen circumstances, the college will make a good-faith effort to accommodate the student until the auxiliary aid is purchased and/or installed. In some instances, it may be necessary for the student to withdraw from the course and register for the class in a subsequent semester allowing the college ample time to provide the appropriate accommodations.
Assistive technology is available through the Assistive Technology Lab. Accommodation request forms are processed through Accessibility Services. The college maintains various types of adaptive equipment for use by students while in class. This office will attempt to maintain the equipment in good working order. Limited equipment is available for checkout. Students are required to sign the equipment checkout form and are responsible for any damage incurred while in their possession. Equipment housed with Accessibility Services must be returned daily to the adaptive technology specialist. The equipment is for on-campus use. Exceptions would apply to off-campus clinical/internship or off-site course requirements.
If equipment is not returned by the completion of the semester in which it was used, grades and transcripts may be withheld. The student may be held legally responsible for equipment reimbursement.
The auxiliary aid may not be the one specifically requested by the student, but will be appropriate and reasonable.
Interpreters and captioners are not college employees. The college contracts for interpreters/captioners through a local captioning business and interpreting agencies. The agency/business determines individual interpreter/captioner assignments. The college reserves the right to approve interpreters/captioners assigned to our students. Supplemental interpreting/captioning (co-curricular event required for class and part of the grade) will also be covered. Coordination with community agencies will determine if services are funded by the college or the funding/referring agency. If there is any dissatisfaction with the assigned interpreter(s)/captioner(s), the student should contact the Accessibility Services coordinator.
Interpreter/Real-Time Captioner Responsibility:
Accessibility Services may assist students in locating peer note takers for their classes. In certain situations, an Accessibility Services assistant may temporarily be assigned as a note taker for their class. If peer note takers are used, Accessibility Services can supply NCR paper at no cost to the student or provide free copying of note taker's notes in SC 133.
If the college arranges for a note taker (real-time note taker, classmate or Accessibility Services assistant), the following will apply:
Students who desire to audio and/or video tape class lectures or college activities must first solicit approval from their professor, club/organization advisor, or event coordinator. Students with disabilities should initiate this process with Accessibility Services in SC 133.
If a student is granted permission to audio/video tape any portion of a class or college activity, that student understands that he or she does not have permission to reproduce or post the information on any social media, You Tube, or other public or private forum that would infringe on the privacy rights of others represented in the audio/video recording.
All of the above require advanced planning and specialized equipment or software. These are provided based on documentation and student request. Conversion is managed by the adaptive technology specialist. Students and faculty are responsible for providing the material (textbooks, handouts, supplemental reading, PowerPoint presentations, syllabi, exams) in a timely manner for conversion.
Students requesting alternate format must be approved for this accommodation. They must submit the list of books/materials needed (course, instructor, author(s), edition). Proof of ownership may be required. (Publishers request that this be verified prior to forwarding the e-text version to Accessibility Services.) If Accessibility Services converts the book, the spine will be cut for scanning. Depending on the book thickness, the book may be spiral bound at no cost to the student.
Eight-week advance notice is requested but Accessibility Services will make every effort to provide materials in a timely manner. Some items are not easily converted to certain formats. If this occurs, the student will be notified and alternatives will be discussed. Accessibility Services will handle conversion on a first-come first-served basis.
636-922-8627 or 636-922-8581
Send required documentation to:
Student Center, 133C
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr.
Cottleville, MO 63376