Accessibility Services Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the most frequently asked questions about Accessibility Services.
Who do I contact to learn more about Accessibility Services?


Please call Cindy or Deborah at 607-962-9262 or email us at


I had an IEP or 504 Plan in high school. Will I automatically receive accommodations at CCC?

No. Once you graduate from  high school,  your high school special education program and accommodations end. However, you may request accommodations at the college level.  Please contact Accessibiity Services at 607-962-9262 for more information.  

We recommend that you read Transitioning from High School to College.

I'm not sure if I have a disability, but I am having difficulty in my classes. Can you help me?

Accessibility Services may be able to help you. Please call us at 607-962-9262 to set up an appointment with us. The Coordinator will listen to your difficulties and assist you in using our program or other campus and community resources.

I have a disability. Am I required to register with Accessibility Services?

Students wih disabilities are not required to register with Accessibility Services.  However, students with disabilities are encouraged to meet with Accessibility Services to discuss the need for accommodations. Even if students believe that they will not need accommodations, it may be to their  advantage to discuss the options and arrange for approval for accommodations should they need them at a later time. However, the decision is with the student about whether or not to self-identify as a student with a disability.

What documentation is required to qualify for accommodations?

Students need to provide current documentation, from a qualified professional, that names the disability, describes the functional limitations of that disability, and includes recommendations for accommodations in the college setting.

An IEP and 504 Plan may not contain sufficient information to determine the existence of a disability and the need for accommodations. Additional documentation may be needed.

What accommodations are available?

Accommodations are intended to level the playing field by removing barriers posed by a disability. Appropriate accommodations must be determined based on a student's disability, documentation, and individual needs and must not lower or substantially modify essential course requirements.

The most commonly approved test accommodations include:

  • Extended testing time
  • Tests administered in a distraction-reduced setting
  • Test questions read aloud
  • Use of word processors for essay questions

Academic accommodations may include:

  • Assistance with note-taking
  • Textbooks in alternative format
  • Accommodated or preferential seating
  • Recording of lectures
  • Sign language interpreters

Accommodations provided are based on each student's unique needs.