Coordinators are available to meet with students to provide details about the services listed on this web page. We encourage interested individuals to contact Disabled Student Services by phone, letter, email or in person.
Students who register with the Office for Students with Disabilities are eligible for accommodation, support services and/or academic adjustments based on their individual needs as determined by the Coordinators of OSD and disability documentation. Accommodations are made at little or no expense to the student. Students who request accommodation must present this request in sufficient time for the College to coordinate these services. Some services may require a minimum of two weeks to arrange.
Our office recommends that students request services prior to the beginning of the term. To promote academic success, the Office for Students with Disabilities offers a wide variety of accommodations and support services. Services include but are not limited to:
- assistance in admission and course registration
- information and referrals to campus and community services
- advice on classroom accommodation
- liaison to faculty, provides assistance to faculty on effectively working with students with disabilities
- instructor notification of student with disability (only with student's permission)
- readers, note takers, interpreters
- equipment loan
- modified or extended test taking
- course substitutions
- accessible building and classrooms
- Hearing Impairment/Deafness - A hearing loss of 30 decibels or greater, pure tone average of 500, 1000, 2000 Hz, ANSI, unaided, in the better ear. Examples include, but are not limited to: conductive hearing impairment or deafness, sensorineural hearing impairment or deafness, high or low tone hearing loss or deafness, and acoustic trauma hearing loss or deafness.
- Visual Impairment/Blindness - Structural and functional disorders of the eye manifested by: visual acuity of 20/70 or less in the better eye after correction, a peripheral field so constricted it affects one's ability to function in an educational setting. Examples include, but are not limited to, cataracts, glaucoma, nystagmus, retinal detachment, retinitis pigmentosa and strabismus.
- Speech Impairments - Disorders of language, articulation, fluency or voice, which interfere with communication. Examples include, but are not limited to: cleft lip and/or palate with speech impairment, stuttering, laryngectomy, or aphasia.
- Physical Impairments - this disability includes partial or total paralysis, amputation or severe injury, arthritis, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, polio, cancer, AIDS, cerebral Palsy, head and/or spinal cord injury. May also include hidden disabilities such as pulmonary disease, respiratory disorders, lupus or epilepsy.
- Learning Disabilities - An order of the basic psychological or neurological process involved in understanding or using spoken or written language. Examples include dyslexia, dysgraphia, dysphasia, dyscalculia, and other specific learning disabilities.
- Psychological/ Emotional Disorders - A specific condition with certain sets of symptoms defined in the Diagnostician and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Examples include, but are not limited to: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Schizophrenia, autism, mood and anxiety disorders, and depression.
The documentation the student provides is reviewed and evaluated by the coordinators of Disabled Student Services. All documentation files are considered confidential and are kept locked. Student names and disability information are confidential, and are not released to anyone without the student's prior written permission.
The student is responsible for providing official documentation of the disability from a qualified professional. Documentation must be within the last three years (however, Disabled Student Services reserves the right to make modifications to this time frame). Documentation must be on letterhead, signed and dated by the diagnostician with a clearly explained, definitive diagnosis of the disability.
The diagnostician must specify:
- The exact diagnosis of the disability.
- The degree of current functional loss.
- The current functional limitations of the disability (with comments as to the degree of the effect in the classroom).
How to Obtain Services
The Disabled Student Services facilitates accommodations with faculty and staff, and serves as an information resource to promote awareness and knowledge of disabilities. Follow these three steps to register with Disabled Student Services:
- SELF IDENTIFICATION - The student is responsible for self-identifying with the Disabled Student Services. This voluntary declaration is independent from the admissions process.
- DOCUMENTATION OF DISABILITY - Once contact has been made with Disabled Student Services, the student is required to provide current documentation from professionals who make such diagnoses.
- SERVICES CAN BEGIN - Once documentation is released to Disabled Student Services, and the accommodations form is completed, services can begin.
Florida Keys Community College is committed to providing equal access/equal opportunity. The College does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, sexual orientation, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status or disability in admission to, or employment in, its education programs or activities. FKCC complies with the Florida Educational Equity Act and with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Inquiries concerning application and implementing regulations may be referred to the College's Equity Coordinator, Joanne Dinkel, Office 1512, Human Resources, 5901 College Road, Key West Florida 33040, (305) 809-3504 or to the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.
To download the Guide to the Office for Student with Disabilities brochure click here.