The Access Office approves a wide variety of accommodations to students with documented disabilities.
Access Services Student Handbook
The student’s approved accommodations will appear on an instructor notification memo that the student will deliver to the instructor. It is necessary for the student to discuss the accommodations one-on-one with the instructor. The Access Office Specialist can facilitate this discussion for new students. The following are the most commonly used accommodations provided upon approval, but all accommodation requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Quiz, exam, and test accommodations may include:
- Out of class testing in the Testing Center
- Distraction reduced environment
- Extended time
- Assistive technology (e.g. screen-reader software, large screen)
- Accessible formats (e.g. large print, audio, braille)
- Computer Reader/scribe In-Class Accommodations
Students who have difficulty capturing lecture material can be approved for note taking accommodations
The student and Access Specialist will discuss various ways that class notes are obtained:
- The instructor might make their own notes available
- The instructor might secure a volunteer from the class who is willing to share notes
- The instructor might request assistance from the Access Office in obtaining a note taker for the class
Audio recording of the lecture
The student might use an audio recorder as an effective technique for obtaining lecture material.
The Access Office will provide course materials in accessible formats. Course materials includes textbooks, handouts, articles, exams, and videos. To obtain these materials, speak with your Access Office.
- Paper enlargements
- Captioned videos
- Audio text
- Audio description (i.e. descriptive narration of images, videos, graphs, etc.)
- Other as determined by specific needs
Assistive technology is hardware or software designed to provide individuals with disabilities equal access to academic materials. There are a variety of assistive technologies on the STLCC campuses. To learn more about available assistive technology contact the Access Office on your campus.
The Access Office will coordinate interpreting and/or transcribing services for deaf or hard of hearing students. Sign language interpreting and transcribing services are available for all Saint Louis Community College (STLCC) activities.
For additional information contact the Access Office.
Disability Services is committed to ensuring students’ learning environments are accessible. Students who need accessible classroom furniture (e.g. tables, chairs) should notify their Access Specialist in advance by providing their course schedule and classroom locations via email.
Hard of Hearing students may request an FM Hearing System for use in the classroom environment. The FM System utilizes a microphone and transmitter unit (worn by the instructor) and a receiver and headset (worn by the student). The instructor’s speech is transmitted to the student’s receiver unit (via FM radio signal), and the student has the ability to control volume and other settings.
Students with disabilities which prevent them from being able to complete in-class lab requirements can request a lab assistant. Students should contact their Disability Services Access Specialist in advance to request this accommodation.
Lab assistants will:
- Perform only those tasks directed by you. They will NOT prompt or guide you in performing a lab task unless the task is dangerous
- Act as your hands or eyes, not as your instructor
- Inform you ahead of time if unable to attend a session
- Receive instruction, if needed, regarding your disability-related needs from you and/or your Access Specialist
Lab assistants will act only as your hands or eyes. All information about actual lab processes and procedures is your responsibility.
Students with temporary conditions, such as a broken leg/arm, concussion or surgery recovery can register with and receive services through the Access Office on a temporary basis. Students should visit or contact the office and ask to speak with an Access Specialist about registering for accommodations due to a temporary condition.