The Access & Ability Center seeks to support the academic success of COS students through providing academic accommodations for a variety of qualifying conditions, including mental health conditions (anxiety/depression/other), mobility and vision impairments, hearing and speech difficulties, learning challenges, ADD/ADHD, acquired brain injuries, intellectual disorders, or any other medical conditions which may create barriers to education. (For more info, check out our AAC Info Sheet, available in English and Spanish ).
STEPS TO ACCESS OUR SERVICES
1 - Application
- To apply for services, complete the AAC Student Application/Intake Form and bring it to the Access & Ability Center Office located in room 10 of the North Sequoia building, fax it to (559) 730 - 3803, or email to AAC@cos.edu. You can also use our Secure Student Document Upload System for a more secure way to submit documentation. Be sure to choose "Access & Ability Center" and the correct type of form you are submitting to us! (If you used to be signed up with AAC but are now inactive, and you are wanting to sign up again, you will need to fill out and send in the AAC Reactivation Form .)
2 - Verification
- Bring in documentation of a disability or qualifying condition. Have a licensed or certified professional with knowledge of your disability or condition complete our Verification Form , and turn it in or fax it to our office at (559) 730 - 3803. If you have an IEP or 504 plan from high school, or a copy of your medical records, you can turn this in as verification and you will not need to complete the Verification Form. Please email your Verification document to AAC@cos.edu . You can also use our Secure Student Document Upload System for a more secure way to submit documentation. Be sure to choose "Access & Ability Center" and the correct type of form you are submitting to us!
- If no such documentation exists or can be found, a student may join our program if found eligible for services through a learning assessment .
3 - Appointment
- After you turn in all of your documentation, your file will be verified for eligibility. Within 1 to 2 weeks, if you are found to be eligible for our services, we will contact you at the number you provided us on the AAC Intake Form to schedule an initial counseling appointment.
If you have further questions about our application process, call our office at (559) 730 - 3805 or email us at AAC@cos.edu.
After services have been authorized, it is the student's responsibility to follow-up on services needed. This could include requesting your accommodations forms through the Online AAC Request Form, and distributing your accommodations forms to your instructors.