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An academic accommodation is an alteration of environment, curriculum format, or equipment that allows a student with a disability to gain access to content and/or complete assigned tasks (adapted from University of Washington).

Students who need academic accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should apply for Learning Assistance Program (LAP) and initiate their requests. Students have the right to request accommodations at any point a course; however, they are responsible for submitting accommodation requests in a timely manner. Instructors (faculty) are not responsible for retroactive accommodations requests.

Below are brief descriptions of many academic accommodations. For accommodations not described here, students and faculty are encouraged to discuss their needs with LAP.

  1. Log into LAP Online using your myHancock Username and Password.
  2. Scroll down to "Select Accommodations for Your Class". 
  3. Check the boxes next to all classes you will use accommodations in.
  4. Click "Step 2: Continue to Customize Your Accommodations".
  5. For each course, check all accommodations you will use.
  6. Click "Submit Your Accommodation Requests".

Alternative Format (also referred to as Alternative Media) means any alternate approach to presenting print information to a student with a disability.  Examples of alternative formats include electronic text (e-text), accessible documents and files (Word/PDF), braille, and large print. 

The LAP Alternative Media Specialist assists students with their alternative format requests.  Faculty can help in this process by submitting their book requisitions to the AHC bookstore and responding to requests for course materials not included on the bookstore textbook list. 

  1. Log into LAP Online using your myHancock Username and Password.
  2. Click on "Alternative Formats".
  3. Select your "Alternative Formats Preference" from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click “Update Alternative Formats Preference".
  5. Scroll down to “Request Alternative Formats”.
  6. Click “Select" for all the books you are requesting.
  7. If any books for your class(es) are not listed, contact LAP for assistance.

Learn more about Alternative Formats and Media

Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities (Assistive Technology Act of 1999).

Learn More About Assistive Technology

Campus Access accommodations assist students with finding the best routes and for utilizing resources when they visit Allan Hancock College campuses.

Learn More about Campus Access

Classroom access accommodations support students’ ability to fully participate in the learning environment. 

Learn more about classroom access

Communication Access accommodations provide access to information that is typically being communicated verbally.

Learn more about communication access

Note taking accommodations are to provide access to information that a student would have gotten on their own, if it were not for their disability.

Learn more about note taking

Testing Accommodations are changes to the regular testing environment that allows students with disabilities to demonstrate their true aptitude or achievement level on exams.

Learn  more about testing accommodations