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St. Charles Community College welcomes and supports a diverse student body. Disability Support Services (DSS) is responsible for ensuring accessibility for students. DSS advocates for an accessible academic/physical environment and works collaboratively with staff, administrators and faculty.
Disability Support Services coordinates support services which provide equal access to the college. SCC is committed to providing accessibility to its programs/activities and reasonable accommodations for persons defined as disabled under the Americans With Disabilities Act as amended in 2008 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504. These acts protect qualified students with disabilities from discrimination.
DSS Student Questions Regarding Remote Instruction and Accommodations:
Is Disability Support Services (DSS) open?
Yes, DSS is still open Monday – Thursday 8 am- 4:30 pm and Friday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. All walk-ins and student appointments will be conducted via phone or video conferencing until further notice. The Testing Center will not be proctoring exams while virtual instruction is in place. The Assistive Technology Lab will be closed.
If you have a question or concern, please either call the office (636-922-8627) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What about priority registration for summer and fall classes?
If you would like to schedule a remote appointment for fall registration, you should call to schedule a time at 636-922-8627 or email@example.com.
Before your appointment you should go online to the Student Planning Portal in SCC Connections to plan your course schedule.
If you are a new student, we will need a copy of your IEP or 504 Plan from High School. A scanned copy should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you didn’t have accommodations in High School you can have a letter from your doctor’s office with your diagnosis clearly stated forwarded to the office.
If you are a new student starting in the summer or fall you can call or email Paige with general questions at 636-922-8247 or email@example.com.
What if I need additional accommodations with the switch to remote instruction?
Discuss any general access concerns with your instructor to determine if they can find a solution, such as providing transcripts or captions for an online lecture. If you need to request accommodations, please call DSS to schedule an appointment at 636-922-8627. We will be as flexible as possible in the forms of documentation that we will accept during this time. Be prepared to describe the barriers to learning you have encountered.
What if I haven’t received accommodations in the past, but I am finding barriers to my learning with remote instruction?
Discuss any general access concerns with your instructor to determine if they can find a solution, such as providing transcripts or captions for an online lecture. If you need to request accommodations, call DSS to schedule an appointment at 636-922-8627. We will be as flexible as possible in the forms of documentation that we will accept during this time. Be prepared to describe the barriers to learning you have encountered.
What happens now that exams are online? How do I get extended time for an online exam?
DSS will not be proctoring exams while the College’s instruction remains online only. Please communicate with your instructors to discuss your exam accommodations in their courses.
Some instructors may opt for alternative assessments (e.g. essays, untimed exams) which would not require exam accommodations
If your instructor is creating online timed exams, please contact your instructor if you will need extended time
DSS is available to instructors and students to discuss unique circumstances.
What if I need a screen reader or other assistive technology for my online exams and assignments?
If you have questions regarding assistive technology you should contact Keith Kolander, the Adaptive Technology Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are directions for installing and using Assistive Technology at home in the DSS Workshop in Canvas.
I currently have a peer note-taker assigned in my in-person class. Now that class is online, will I still receive a copy of the notes?
Once you have learned from your instructor how they will adapt the course for virtual instruction, let your note-taker know if you would like to continue receiving notes. Contact Mary Ann Neal at email@example.com or 636-922-8627 if you need help facilitating this.
You may find that you no longer need a note-taker due to the course design changes. For example, lectures that are prerecorded videos can be watched at your own pace or instructors may share notes or transcripts of lectures to replace the need for your note-taker.
Regardless of whether students continue receiving notes, all established note-takers will still receive the DSS Service Scholarship at the end of the semester.
What if I need extra support during this time?
The DSS staff is still here to support you. Call or email us with any concerns you may have. We will be adding additional resources to the DSS Workshop in Canvas so continue to check for updates and Announcements there as well.
The ACE Tutoring Center will be providing online tutoring. Students are encouraged to call 636-922-8444 to set up an appointment. Instructions will be sent following the call on how to connect to a tutor virtually.
You can contact the Student Success office to schedule a virtual appointment with the Case Manager or Counselor to discuss any other concerns you may be having during this time. Call Teresa Drury at 636-922-8536.
Applying for Services
To apply for services you should schedule an appointment with the DSS manager. The process includes a review of your documentation and an interview with the manager. Accommodations and disability status are approved on a case-by-case basis. Accommodations are arranged to ensure access to all programs/courses at SCC.
New students should apply to the college online and complete their assessment test or submit ACT scores before meeting with the DSS manager. Each section of the assessment test is untimed and is taken on a computer. An online calculator is allowed for the math section. For more information, contact the Assessment Center. If accommodations are approved for the assessment tests, they will be provided through DSS and should be scheduled ahead of time.
During the initial appointment, the student and disability support services manager will discuss the documentation/disability and the impact upon the academic setting to assist in determining eligibility.
The manager will assess information provided by the student, third-party input (any documentation provided), observe and make a determination of eligibility for services.
Students are responsible for providing documentation of their disability. The DSS manager will evaluate all the information that is provided and make a determination on a case-by-case basis using the guidance provided by the Association of Higher Education and Disability.
The documentation should include each of the following:
A clearly stated diagnosis from a qualified professional appropriate to the disability/non-relative
Functional limitations as a result of the disability
An oral report describing your needs
Forms of documentation that will be considered:
Records of past accommodations and services from another college or high school (Summary of Performance, last IEP report, 504 plan, or most current diagnostic re-evaluation report)
Formal psychological or medical evaluation reports
Letters from current or past health, education or service providers (this could include The Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Veterans Administration, etc.)
We need enough information to confirm that you have a disability and understand how it will affect you while you are at SCC. Information about past accommodations that were useful will help us make our recommendations. It is recommended that students submit documentation and meet with the DSS manager to arrange accommodations in a timely manner. Some accommodations may take longer to arrange, such as alternative formats and in-class note takers. The college will make a good faith effort in providing an approved accommodation or an alternate until the final approved accommodation can be arranged.
If sufficient information is available, accommodations will be discussed and can be finalized either during the appointment or at a later time. The Accommodations Request Form will be completed initially with the manager. This form will need to be completed by the student in each subsequent semester when requesting accommodations. The form provides the college with a written request of the accommodation(s), courses and semester. The DSS manager reviews the requests for approval. Any denials will be discussed with the student. In some instances, a student may be asked to make an appointment or contacted for clarification. Students can see the Grievance Procedures in the Student Handbook for more information.
The DSS office is now a one-stop-shop. You can have your accommodations approved at the same time that you are registering for classes. You should be able to have all of your advising needs met in DSS, unless you are an international student. Accommodations will be approved once you are enrolled in your semester classes.
Types of Services:
Accommodations for the Assessment Test
Assistive Technology (AT) Lab (located in Student Center 133G) is equipped with various types of adaptive hardware and software:
Screen magnification (CCTV, ZoomText)
Speech-to-text software (Dragon)
Screen reading software (Kurzweil, JAWS)
Accommodations on exams – extended time, quiet environment, etc.
In-class accommodations – note-taking, recording lectures, etc.
Books on CD
Interpreting or captioning services
Accessibility for Campus Guests
St. Charles Community College strives to provide reasonable accommodations to all people at any SCC-sponsored event. Please contact Disability Support Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-922-8581 as early as possible to discuss your needs.
Limited accessible seating is available in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building (FAB) and in the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building (SSB).
Accessible parking is located on campus. See ADA Accessibility Map (PDF) for accessible building entrances and parking spaces. Accessible parking is handled through the Department of Public Safety (DPS) – 636-922-8545. Only those vehicles with a state issued disabled plates or hang tags can park in ADA designated parking spaces.