Kayla M. Swenson, M.S.
Disability Services Coordinator/Academic Advisor
Attn: Kayla Swenson
TTY/TDD: MN Relay Services,
Assuring access to educational programming and activities
The Disability Services Office is dedicated to providing access to our diverse student body. We recognize disability as a social identity that is a vital element of our campus community. Furthermore, we are committed to providing equal access and opportunity to all qualified students with disabilities.
The Disability Services Office supports students with documented disabilities by insuring that they:
- Have equal access to educational programs and college courses
- Can obtain materials and publications in alternate formats
- Can utilize academic support and other services
- Can fully participate in college sponsored events and activities
Applying for accommodations
Below are steps students must follow to apply for services:
- Provide updated documentation of disability that has been completed by a medical professional (EX: medical doctor, licensed mental health counselor or licensed physiologist) within the last 3 years
- Please see documentation of disability guidelines for further information and requirements.
- Schedule an appointment with Kayla Swenson, Disability Services Coordinator/ Academic Advisor to discuss their needs and develop a reasonable accommodation plan if they qualify for services.
- Appointments can be made at the Counseling and Advising Front Desk, located on the 2nd floor of the College Center, or by calling 651-450-3508.
Documentation of disability guidelines
The following factors should be included in a student's documentation of disability form:
- The credentials of the evaluator
- A diagnostic statement identifying the disability
- A description of the current functional limitations
- A description of the expected progression or stability of the disability
- Suggestions for accommodations, adaptive devices, assistive services, compensatory strategies, and/or collateral support services.
The below form may be filled out by a medical or mental health professional as a way to obtain the appropriate documentation of disability:
Documentation of Disability Form (available ASAP)
Important Note: Inver Hills Community College does not accept a high school IEP or 504 Plan as appropriate documentation of disability, but will accept the Evaluation Summary Report that is associated with the IEP, as long as it has been completed in the last three years and meet the documentation of disability guidelines.
Continuing to receive accommodations
Students who are already registered with the Disability Services Office must follow the following steps in order to continue to receive accommodations:
- Check in with the Disability Services Office at the beginning of each semester to update their letter of accommodation.
- Students are responsible for providing a copy of their letter of accommodation to their instructors, if they would like to utilize accommodations for that course.
Process for transfer students
If students are transferring from another college it is important to note that accommodations do not automatically transfer from school to school. In order to get set up with our Disability Services Office and accommodations as soon as possible, please follow the steps listed in the applying for accommodations section.
Commonly requested accommodations
Students often request these services:
- Testing accommodations
- Note-taking services
- Sign Language interpreting services
- Materials in alternative formats
- Assistive technology
Note: If you are requesting interpreting or captioning services please contact the Disability Services Office by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible to request the accommodation. (Preferably at least 3 weeks before the start of the course.)
Personal and confidential service
Since every student's situation is unique, specific accommodations for their disability is discussed during a confidential intake meeting with the Disability Services Coordinator. We will obtain the student's permission before entering into discussions with parents, advocates, transition coordinators, rehabilitation services counselors, or other professionals. Most accommodations can be coordinated and provided in a confidential manner.
MnSCU Policy Statement
Requests for disability accommodations from employees