Accessibility Services (formerly Disability Services)
In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibit discrimination based on disability, KVCC is committed to providing equal access to academic programs and college-sponsored activities and reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities.
It is the responsibility of a current or prospective student with a disability to identify himself/herself as having a disability and formally requesting accommodations.
While inquiries about policies and procedures from parents or guardians are welcome, the formal request for accommodations must be made by the student.
To request accommodations:
STEP 1: Submit Current Documentation
Proper documentation must be comprehensive and from an appropriate professional (see guidelines in “Documentation” Section of brochure here). Applicants and current students may mail or email documentation along with what accommodations are being requested to:
Kennebec Valley Community College
92 Western Avenue, Fairfield, ME 04937
STEP 2: Meet with Accessibility Services to complete the Accommodation Letter/appropriate paperwork;
STEP 3: Meet with Faculty
After approval of accommodations by Accessibility Services, students who have been approved for reasonable accommodations will be given Accommodation Letter letters to be given to their instructors each semester. Students should meet with each instructor to discuss the arrangements for receiving accommodations. For online courses, Accessibility Services will email Accommodation Letter to faculty.
- Following meeting with Accessibility Services, Accessibility Services will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of many approved accommodations (for example: audio books, testing arrangements, note takers).
- Please note that Accommodation Forms must be completed each semester.
For any exam accommodation administered by Accessibility Services, students must make arrangements at least 5 business days prior to exam date. Below are examples of testing accommodations that may be available based on documentation provided by the student.
Alternative and Electronic Format and Font
The font size on your tests may be enlarged to meet your needs.
Distraction Reduced Environment or Separate Room
The exam setting should have minimal auditory and visual stimuli and minimal interruptions. A small group setting is generally sufficient. Your exam may be taken in the testing room and prior arrangements must be made.
You may be allowed additional time for your exams in the testing room. The amount of time allowed is determined by Accessibility Services and is based on the student interview and submitted documentation.
Accessibility Services provides a reader/scribe when appropriate and by prior arrangement. Clarification or explanation of questions is not permitted.
Use of Calculator
You may be allowed to use a calculator during a test if it does not compromise the essential requirements of the class. (Essential course requirements are determined by the appropriate department.)
Use of Computer
You may be allowed to use a computer for essay exams and/or note-taking. This may be done within the classroom testing setting or at the Accessibility Services Office.