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Disability Services

Disability Services is here to help students with disabilities have equal access to all areas of a Gateway Community and Technical College education. Our services are based on individual needs.

How to Request Services

You request Disability Services separately from admission to Gateway. To request services, follow these steps:

  1. Complete admission to Gateway
  2. Register for classes
  3. Provide documentation of your disability to Disability Services
  4. Schedule a meeting with Disability Services

You do not need to complete the process in the order shown above. However, the courses you take often affect the type of specific accommodations you need.

The easiest way to meet with us is to schedule an appointment. We have more offices than employees so we are not at every campus every day. Please call 859-442-4120 or e-mail GW-disabilityservice@kctcs.edu to schedule an appointment.

We will work with you to determine if you need accommodations (like these examples) to help you have equal access while at Gateway. Deciding on accommodations is an interactive process. It involves a conversation between you and Disability Services. We determine accommodations on a case-by-case basis. We build your accommodations on the functional limitations from your documentation and in our discussion. The discussion lets you tell us how your disability affects your learning.

Contact Disability Services at the beginning of the term or as soon as you know that you will need accommodations. Some accommodations take longer to arrange than others.

Accommodations are not retroactive. Any grades or actions you take in class before the professor is notified of the need for accommodation usually cannot be changed. This is another reason to meet with Disability Services before the semester begins.

You should not request accommodations directly from the course instructor without having an accommodation memo from Disability Services. An accommodation memo will be provided after you consult with us.

Confidentiality

Your disability information is not kept alongside your other college records. Disability Services takes your right to privacy seriously and we only disclose disability-related information with the faculty and staff on a need-to-know basis. Additional information about your privacy and records is available in Gateway’s Student Handbook, page 49 and 50, notifications of rights under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

 

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