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. More information is available from the site menu. For accommodations not described here, students and faculty are encouraged to discuss their needs with LAP.
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.
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).
Campus Access accommodations assist students with finding the best routes and for utilizing resources when they visit Allan Hancock College campuses.
Classroom access accommodations support students’ ability to fully participate in the learning environment.
Communication Access accommodations provide access to information that is typically being communicated verbally.
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.
Testing Accommodations are changes to the regular testing environment that allows students with disabilities to demonstrate their true aptitude or achievement level on exams.