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Equity
Statement

 

Florida Keys Community College is committed to providing full access to all programs, services and facilities for qualified individuals with documented disabilities as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Disabilities as outlined in the ADA and by the College may include specific learning disabilities, visual, hearing, speech, physical and other disabilities determined by individual situations. Disabled Student Services assists the disabled student in all aspects of college life to ensure his/her educational experience is a successful one. Financial aid is available for students with disabilities who are enrolling part-time based upon a necessary disability accommodation.

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.
 
Student Support Services Available
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
  • tutors
For more information please check out the Florida Department of Educations website here.
 
Funding information:
FKCC Scholarships
FKCC Financial Aid
Family Network on Disabilities
Vocational Rehabilitation
Learning Ally
Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Scholarships
P.Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship
National Society of the DAR/Margaret Howard Hamilton Scholarship
 
 National Voters Registration Act-Section 7
Coordinators are here to help you become a registered voter or update an application.
 
 Every applicant has the right to:
-Apply to register or update registration record
-Have services/benefits/assistance unaffected by registering or not registering
-Receive the same degree of assistance as provided for primary agency service/benefit/assistance
-Be able to complete application privately
-Have information kept confidential
-Submit a complaint regarding violation of the above to the DOS
 
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Voters Registration-Spanish
 
Please click here for more information and do not hesitate to contact a Coordinator for assistance.
 
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  • 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.
 
Confidentiality
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.
 
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Documentation Guidelines
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).
If medications are taken, these should be listed as well as their potential side effects.
 
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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.

FORMS:

Accommodation/Auxiliary Learning Aids Request form

Tutoring/Note taker Check Out Application

Tutor/Note taker Record of Services

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You can contact the Office for Disabled Student Services at:
 
advising.services@fkcc.edu
 
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Equity Statement
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.

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 To download the Guide to the Office for Student with Disabilities brochure click here.