Disability Services at EICC

EICC Disability Services is dedicated to helping students with disabilities find and implement reasonable academic accommodations. To determine appropriate accommodations, the Disability Service Provider (DSP) engages in an individualized inquiry that balances the needs of the student and the academic objectives of the course or program. An application and documentation of the disability are needed to start the process.

Our Mission


Eastern Iowa Community Colleges ensures that its programs, activities, and services comply with provisions of state and federal civil rights legislation for persons with disabilities. The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) defines a person with a disability as any person who has a record of, or is regarded as having, a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.

According to the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, an “otherwise qualified individual with a disability” is a person who, with or without reasonable accommodations, can meet the essential program or course requirements. District policy calls for reasonable accommodations to be made for these individuals on a case-by-case basis. However, it is the responsibility of the student to seek available assistance at each college, to complete the Student Disabilities Services application, and to provide current documentation of disability. (See “Applying for Accommodations” below.)

Students with disabilities may use services and reasonable accommodations to reduce the effects that a disability may have on their performance in an academic setting. Services, however, do not lower course standards or alter degree requirements but instead give students a better chance to demonstrate their academic abilities.

Applying for Accommodations

 

1 - Apply for Accommodations

 

Applying for accommodations is a two-part process:

See Documentation Guidelines for the requirements of documentation.

Once the disability service provider (DSP) has received both the application and the documentation of the disability, he or she will review the documentation and determine eligibility for services.

 

2 – Check your EICC email account for information regarding your application status.


The DSP on your campus will send you an email message inviting you to schedule an initial appointment to discuss accommodations and services.

Please note that the DSP will use only your EICC email for communications—not your personal email.

 

3 – Schedule an initial meeting with your disability service provider (DSP)


Schedule your initial meeting by responding to the DSP’s email. You may also reach out to the DSP using the contact information found here.

 

4 – Attend the initial meeting with your disability service provider (DSP)


During the initial meeting, you will discuss accommodations and work on creating a letter of accommodation that is appropriate for the courses you are taking.   

After you have applied for accommodations and submitted documentation, you will be invited to set up an initial meeting with the Disability Service Provider (DSP) on your campus.

During your initial meeting, we will orient you to our process and your accommodations. Come ready to discuss your disability and how it impacts you in the educational setting.

During the initial meeting, we will:

    • Give a short orientation to Student Disability Services
    • Talk about our interactive process
    • Go over your rights and responsibilities
    • Discuss your specific accommodations in detail
    • Explain how to share your Letter of Accommodations (LOA) with your instructors
    • Answer questions you might have

Once you have completed an initial meeting and have set up accommodations, you do not need to re-apply for accommodations every semester. Instead, simply contact your DSP and request a new letter each semester.

If you have any questions or need to reschedule your appointment, please contact the Disability Service Provider on your campus.

We look forward to working with you!

 

5 - Email your Letter of Accommodation to your instructors and meet with them to discuss how accommodations will be implemented in their course.


Without the letter of accommodation, instructors are unable to provide accommodations; therefore, make sure to email it to your instructors as soon as possible. Furthermore, it is your responsibility to communicate with your instructors about your accommodations so that both you and the instructor clearly understand how the accommodations will be implemented.

 

6 – Each semester request an updated letter of accommodation from your Disability Service Provider (DSP)


Since a new form is required each semester, email the DSP on your campus to obtain a new form at the beginning of each semester. Then email the form to your instructors before classes begin the next semester.

 

7 - Your accommodations are now set up! Reach out to your instructor and disability service provider if you have questions throughout the semester.


Contact your Disability Service Provider if you have difficulty receiving an academic accommodation or if would like to talk about your accommodations.

 

EICC Educational Accommodations Policy


Eastern Iowa Community Colleges endorses the principle of equal educational opportunities for all people, regardless of disability, in the educational programs or activities it operatesEmpowerment of the student, versus dependence on the system shall be the philosophy governing decisions andservices.

Please click on the following link to read the policy in full: EICC Educational Accommodations Policy.

Accommodation Descriptions


Disability Services is dedicated to helping students find and implement reasonable academic accommodations. The accommodation process involves input from both the student and the instructor. To determine appropriate accommodations, the disability service provider (DSP) engages in an individualized inquiry that balances the needs of the student and the academic objectives of the course or program. Students and instructors are encouraged to review the list of common accommodation descriptions

Accommodation FAQs

Have questions about accommodations at EICC? Check out our list of frequently asked questions:

Disability-Related Housing Accommodations at MCC


Muscatine Community College recognizes the importance of providing reasonable accommodations in its housing policies and practices where necessary for students with disabilities to use and enjoy college housing. If you would like to request accommodations in housing based on your disability, please go to  Housing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.

 

Accommodations for Students in Concurrent Classes


Delivery of accommodation services for high school students enrolled in College Connections are provided in accordance with the same policies and procedures provided for all Eastern Iowa Community College students.

There are some differences in disability laws that students need to be aware of when taking classes either at their high school, a community college or a university. Click here for more information about accommodations for students in concurrent classes.

Service Animals


Please see Service Animals section.


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