Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services envisions a college community that is universally accessible to all members of the campus community; provides an equal opportunity to students with disabilities; and recognizes all individuals for their talents, abilities, and contributions.
Accessibility for All
Our team facilitates access to college programs and services for students with disabilities through accommodations, education, consultation, and advocacy. We recognize disability as a valued aspect of diversity and strive to design more welcoming, inclusive spaces.
- Disability Support Services
- (815) 921-2371
- Email Disability Services
- RVC Main Campus
Student Center, Ground Floor
- Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Accommodations for course exams and quizzes is the most frequently utilized category of accommodations by all students with disabilities. This type of accommodation allows the student to more accurately demonstrate their knowledge and achievement as opposed to measuring the impact of a disability.
Exam and quiz accommodations available to students with disabilities may include:
- Alternate Format (large print, Braille, cassette, or electronic)
- Extended Time
- Student Aide Services (readers, scribes, lab assistants)
- Specialized Environment (reduced-distraction room, soft lighting, white noise machine)
- Adaptive equipment and assistive technology
- The Testing Center offers a variety of specialized testing services including: readers, scribes, distraction-free work areas, and assistive technology.
A scheduled testing appointment is required for students using any of the following accommodations:
- Student aide services (readers, scribes, or lab assistants)
- Specialized environment
- Adaptive equipment and/or assistive technology
- Alternative text formats
- Students requiring the assistance of testing staff (to read, transcribe, etc.) OR the use of a distraction-free work area must schedule an appointment to test.
Students requiring special testing assistance or accommodations must obtain pre-approval from Disability Support Services.
Appointments are required for disability accommodations beyond extra time. It is your responsibility to take an exam by the instructor-specified deadline, within the Testing Center's hours of operation.
Please refer to the following guidelines:
- Students are responsible for notifying their instructor(s) regarding the delivery of the test to the Testing Center.
- Students requiring only extended time for tests/quizzes may test during regular Testing Center hours without a scheduled testing appointment.
- Course examinations and quizzes are normally administered during the regularly scheduled class periods when other students are testing, unless there are extenuating circumstances, or as indicated by the instructor.
- Testing appointments are scheduled through the Testing Center at least three days in advance of an exam/quiz by phone, email, or in-person. Students should be prepared to indicate the test date, time, course name, and instructor name.
- Students are advised to confirm their appointment with the Testing Center and verify test delivery with their instructor one day prior to the test via phone, email, or personal visit.
Accuplacer, the college's placement test, is an untimed, computer-based exam. Therefore, students who only require extended testing time for exams, can complete this test without needing to register with Disability Support Services.
However, if additional accommodations are required beyond extended time, please contact DSS prior to scheduling your placement test.
Classroom Note Takers
Assistance with note-taking is an accommodation that may benefit students who need to focus their attention and concentration on listening, or who find taking notes difficult due to a physical, visual, learning, or hearing limitation.
There are a variety of options for students to consider for note-taking assistance, including the use of technological devices (ex., digital recorders and LiveScribe smart pens). Some students, however, may request a student to take notes for them.
The role of a note taker is very important to ensuring that the student has equal access to the course content. Note takers should possess the ability to focus and take comprehensive and well-structured notes. In addition, it is essential that note takers maintain confidentiality at all times. To become a note taker:
- Contact Disability Support Services to request the Note Taker and Student Agreement Form, which includes a Code of Ethics.
- Pick up carbon paper from Disability Support Services, if desired.
- Review the Tips for Successful Note Takers and the Collaborative Process forms found in your packet.
- Optional, but recommended: Complete a one-hour, online note taker training through the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) and provide DSS with a copy of your "Verification of Training Completion Certificate".
Note: Typically note takers are volunteers and are not compensated for their service. However, the DSS Director will provide a letter of acknowledgment to students upon request.