Accessibility Services

Disability Services

Our Student Accessibility Services Office is here to assist with your individual needs as a student. We want to help you to develop your individual strengths, as well as providing services for those who need academic assistance and for those who are dealing with learning, physical or mental health challenges.

We are committed to making reasonable accommodations for our students who have disabilities, as outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please contact our office to determine if you are eligible to apply for assistance.

To those students who are already receiving accommodations, please remember that you must request continued accommodations for each semester you attend.

Testing Requests

A new testing request procedure has been implemented starting with the Spring 2018 semester.  You will now be required to send your testing request 24-hours in advance to ECTCAST@kctcs.edu.  Requests submitted to any other email address will be ignored.

The following informaiton must be included:

  1. Name of the instructor
  2. Name of the class
  3. Date (what date do you want to take the exam)
  4. Time (time that you want to take the exam)

NOTE:  If all of the above informaiotn is not included, it may delay the ability to obtain your exam in a timely manner.

You will receive a confirmation email that your test request has been received.

Exams will still be taken in the Assessment Center, and you must bring a form of ID with you.

If you need to change the date or time of the exam, you must email the changes to ECTCAST@kctcs.edu.

Service Animals

Many individuals with disabilities have a service animal(s) in order to fully participate in everyday life activities, and it is important that mutual respect is extended to these individuals and to others in society.

This service animal pamphlet will provide you with information regarding both service and emotional support animals.

Service Animal FAQ's

No. People with disabilities have the right to train the dog themselves and are not required to use a professional service-dog training program.  However, if the people with disabilities train their own dogs, the service dog must still be trained to perform a specific task.

Yes, if the service dog is unprovoked and shows aggression, and the handler does not take effective action to control it, faculty/staff may request that the dog be removed from the premises.  If someone taunts the service animal, and the animal reacts unexpectedly, the person who provoked the animal may be responsible for inciting the dog's reaction and could be subject to disciplinary action.

The service animal should not be unilaterally removed.  Faculty and staff should work with the service animal's owner and the other student to resolve the situation.  Some options may be moving each student so that contact is limited. The student with allergies may be asked to explore ways to control allergies with medication, or in extreme cases, each student may find other class options with the help of staff and faculty.  These resolutions should include discussion among all individuals involved.

Employees must exercise discretion to distinguish emotional support from a task.  There is not an inclusive list of tasks provided to KCTCS by the U.S. Department of Education.  College personnel should reference the U.S. Department of Education and/or contact the KCTCS Legal Office for decision-making guidance.

Generally, yes.  Some people with disabilities may use more than one service animal to perform different tasks.  A person who has a visual disability and a seizure disorder may use one service animal to assist with way-finding and another that is trained as a seizure alert dog.  You can ask the two permissible questions about each dog.  If both dogs can be accommodated, both should be allowed.