Special Needs Support Services
Eligible students may access support services each semester by completing an Accommodations Request Form in A260, Special Needs Office. We highly recommend that each student discuss accommodations with his or her instructor(s).
We offer the following services:
Tutors offer weekly sessions of small group tutoring for many MCC courses. Tutors can be reached at (815) 479-7639 unless otherwise indicated.
Many students who receive support through the Special Needs Department are eligible for a note taker in class. It is the student’s responsibility to ask someone in the class to be his or her note taker. Occasionally the student may need the assistance of the instructor when arranging for a note taker. The instructor might make an announcement that a note taker is needed and to stop by after class if interested.
Once the student finds a note taker, that person needs to stop by the Special Needs office to complete the proper paperwork so he or she can be paid at the end of the semester. Special note taking paper is always available in A260. This paper is carbonized so the note taker can simply separate the pages and share their notes at the end of each class. In some cases it is not convenient to use this paper, so the notes may be copied in the Special Needs office.
Extended Testing Time
If a student with special needs requests extended time for tests and/or quizzes, instructors can handle the request in a number of ways.
- Allow the student to begin the test before the class.
- Allow the student to continue working on the test after class.
- Send the test to the Testing Center, A245 for the student to take at no charge.
Test reading is done in A260. Please provide the following information when calling (815) 479-7548:
- Phone number
- Course and instructor
- Date and time to take the test
At least one week's notice is preferred. One of the test readers will schedule the time and day for the test.
Some students are eligible for private testing which is done in the Special Needs area. Appointments for private testing should be made with the test readers by calling (815) 479-7548.
Alternative Textbook Formats
Students eligible for alternative textbook formats need to bring a receipt as proof of textbook purchase to the Special Needs office as soon as possible. The Manager will arrange for an alternative format of the textbook and contact each student as it becomes available.
Students with limited mobility and/or visual impairments may be eligible for an aide in the classroom. The request should be made before the semester begins to give the Special Needs department time to arrange for a student worker to provide assistance in the classroom.
Sign Language Interpreter
Students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may request a sign language interpreter for classes, tutoring, and college activities outside the classroom. Mary Bello coordinates sign language interpreting and can be reached at (815) 479-7512 .
A variety of assistive equipment and technology is available for eligible students. All requests should be made to the Special Needs Office, (815) 455-8766.