SC ACCESS provides accommodations and services to incoming and current students with disabilities, psychological or medical conditions, or temporary injuries that limit their access to the educational environment.
Some examples of the accommodations and services we provide are testing accommodations (reduced distraction testing environment, extended time, etc.), note-taking, alternative print media, and time management or organizational skill development.
In order to receive accommodations through SC ACCESS, you will need to submit documentation verifying the presence of a limiting condition and meet with Steve Kramer to determine what accommodations will be most helpful for you. Documentation establishes the individual as a person with specific functional limitations and provides a rationale for reasonable accommodations.
To receive accommodations, students must submit documentation of a disability or limiting condition. Appropriate documentation establishes the individual as a person with specific functional limitations and provides a rationale for reasonable accommodations. The most useful documentation is thorough enough to demonstrate whether and how a major life function (e.g. hearing, seeing, walking, speaking, thinking, breathing, learning, etc.) is substantially limited by providing a clear sense of the severity, frequency and pervasiveness of the condition(s). If you have a condition that is permanent and non-varying, then documentation that is many years old can be considered current. Conditions that fluctuate or progress or that are temporary may require more recent documentation in order to provide an accurate picture.
Your documentation must include:
Documentation should be provided by a licensed or otherwise properly credentialed professional who has undergone appropriate and comprehensive training, has relevant experience, and has no personal relationship with the individual being evaluated. Documentation must be on official letterhead, signed and dated. Typically, documentation is written by the health care professional who evaluated you or who provides you treatment. A good match between the credentials of the individual making the diagnosis and the condition being reported is expected (e.g., an orthopedic limitation might be documented by a physician, but not a licensed psychologist).
It is helpful if your documentation also includes:
Please send whatever documentation you have to the ACCESS center for review. We do accept your IEP or and 504 plan from high school. The ACESS advisor who reviews your documentation will be looking for several pieces of information, but primarily for functional limitations. Sometimes, we can ask the evaluator or treating physician to provide more specific information and that will be sufficient. Depending on the information you provide, we may be able to provide accommodations on a temporary basis while we are waiting for additional information.
Documentation can be sent to Steve Kramer at (620) 229-6307 or via mail to Southwestern College Access Center, 100 College Street, Winfield, KS 67156. It can also be emailed to Steve.Kramer@sckans.edu or dropped off at our office in the lower north end of the Christy administration building in-person. The student’s name, student ID number, and contact info should also be included with the documentation.