About UsAccess Services provides reasonable accommodations and support services for students with disabilities in accordance with the ADA (as amended) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Access Services supports the social and identity models of disability, celebrating disability as an integral part of diversity on our campus. Our goal is to provide access and equitable opportunity in the classroom while promoting the use of Universal Design in our classrooms and beyond.
Updates from Access Services
Status: Closed, but open remotely
Classes will continue to be held online for the spring and summer 2021 quarters.
Our team wants to assure you that Access Services is here and available to serve you remotely. We will be working hard to deliver the accommodations you need for the online learning experience.
There are several options for you to choose from in order to contact and communicate with us remotely, such as email, Zoom video and text.
Option 1: Email
Send an email to the Access Services Main Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Allow 1-3 business days response time.
Option 2: Phone/Text Message
Call or send a text message to the brand-new Access Services Google number at: 360-504-6357
Messages are checked once daily. Allow 1-3 business days response time.
Option 3: Zoom Video Meeting
Access Services staff are available to schedule a video call with you. Please request this service in advance by emailing email@example.com or calling: 360-504-6357
A team member will contact you to confirm the appointment.
Zoom video includes a chat box feature for typing. If you do not have a computer or smart phone, there is a phone number provided you can use to “call into” the meeting just like a regular phone call appointment.
What is the Interactive Process?
If you are a student with a disability and think you are in need of accommodations, you must self-identify to Access Services and complete an intake appointment to establish services. The intake appointment is an interactive process allowing for an in-depth conversation between the student and Access Services staff. This confidential appointment includes discussion and verification of the student’s disability, barriers and challenges, and potential accommodations. The student’s unique situation and classes are taken into consideration when determining and approving accommodation services. Sometimes an immediate determination cannot be made during the intake depending on the complexity of the accommodation request. If this is the case, staff will explain next steps to the student, which include gathering more information to assist in reaching a determination. During the interactive intake appointment, the student will receive information about their own responsibilities, next steps and professor communication.
What is AIM?
AIM is a confidential database that helps track student information and implementation of accommodation services. Each student registered with Access Services will have a student profile inside AIM. Inside your profile, students can sign Agreement Forms, upload disability documentation, request and renew accommodations each quarter, view the Message Center and more.
Request or Renew Accommodations
Below are instructions describing how students can request new disability accommodations or renew approved disability accommodations.
Student Rights and Responsibilites
Tacoma Community College is committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities, in accordance with state and federal laws.
Resources and Technology
Access Services offers guidance on various accommodations and assistive technology.
Find out more here.
Faculty and Staff
Access Services strives to guide TCC faculty and staff as they teach and support students with disabilities.
Faculty and staff resources are available here.