Special Needs Support Services

Eligible students may access support services each semester by completing an Accommodations Request Form (also available in A260, Special Needs Office). We highly recommend that each student discuss accommodations with his or her instructor(s).

Snowy Day painting by Ed

Snowy Day, Ed Reitveld, Watercolor on finger paint paper,
11" x 17", 2007

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.

Note Takers

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.

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Extended Testing Time

Skating at Emricson by Michale Deibel

Skating at Emricson, Michael Deibel, Watercolor, 10" x 14", 2006

If a student with special needs requests extended time for tests and/or quizzes, instructors can handle the request in a number of ways.

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Test Readers

Test reading is done in A260. Please provide the following information when calling (815) 479-7548:

At least one week's notice is preferred. One of the test readers will schedule the time and day for the test.

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Private Testing

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.

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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.

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Classroom Aide

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.

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Graduation Day painting by Ed

Graduation Day, Ed Reitveld, Acrylic on paper, 8" x 11", 2006

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 .

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Assistive Equipment and Technology

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.

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