KI Program

About Kāko‘o ‘Ike

The purpose of Kāko‘o æIke is in the meaning of its name: to give support and assistance with learning. The KI program provides services to students with documented disabilities that will enable them to maximize their learning experience and independence to the fullest extent possible. KI also works to increase the level of awareness among all members of the college community so that students with learning challenges feel comfortable and do not feel limited in their abilities to strive for and achieve excellence.

Eligibility for these services is determined individually based on documented need. Early planning is essential for many of the resources and accommodations provided so we ask that you contact us at the earliest possible date in order for us to assist you.


A wide variety of services are available for students with disabilities at Leeward Community College. These may include

  • Pre-admission counseling
  • Academic accommodations
    • Alternative testing procedures
    • Alternative testing environment*
    • Course registration assistance
    • Placement Testing
  • Assistive Technology
    • Auxiliary aids and equipment
    • Scanning and printing services
    • Audio Textbooks
    • Audio recorders/players**
    • Text Telephone
    • Computers with assistive software***
  • In-person Support
    • Faculty Liason
    • Note takers
    • Sign language/oral interpreting
    • Scribes and/or readers
  • Special needs tables and chairs
  • Books in alternative formats†
  • Success, skills and informational handouts

Notes: *A secure location is provided for students who require seclusion or extended time in taking their examinations. **Audio recorders/players are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and equipment is loaned out for the entire semester. ***The computer lab has stations with assistive software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking, Kurzweil, Inspiration, Zoom Text, and JAWS. Free training is available for students registered with the KI Program. The KI Program currently holds an institutional membership with Access Text Network. Students are encouraged to place their requests for alternative books early in the semester.

To Apply

Students with disabilities are responsible for identifying themselves as needing an academic accommodation, providing appropriate documentation and requesting the appropriate reasonable accommodation(s). KI does not provide diagnostic services for disabilities. It is strongly recommended that high school students with disabilities obtain current testing and clinical documentation prior to exiting their high school or educational setting. Registering with KI

  1. Gather appropriate disability documentation which may include:
    • A diagnostic statement identifying the disability, date of the current diagnostic evaluation, and the date of the original diagnosis.
    • A description of the diagnostic criteria and/or diagnostic test used.
    • A description of the current functional impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodation requested.
    • Treatments, medications, assistive devices/services currently prescribed or in use.
    • A description of the expected progression or stability of the impact of the disability over time.
    • The credentials of the diagnosing professional(s).
  2. Contact KI Program by visiting LC 213 or emailing to obtain a copy of the intake forms. These forms should be submitted with appropriate documentation either prior to or as soon as possible after enrolling at Leeward.
  3. Once all documentation is received by the KI office, a determination will be made. The student will be contacted with the results and a subsequent appointment will be made to further discuss the student academic accommodation needs, or discuss denial of services based on ineligibility. Appeal process information will be provided if a denial is made.

High School Students in Transition

High school students with disabilities should visit the U.S. Department of Education website regarding Preparing for Postsecondary Education to learn more about required documentation and the civil rights of students with disabilities in education institutions. Note that a high school student's Individualized Education Plan or "IEP" is not sufficient for documentation purposes. Documentation consists of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that relates the current impact of the condition to the requester.

Rights and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities

  • Students should self-identify themselves as needing disability services in a timely manner to KI Program, preferably before or at the start of the semester.
  • Students should provide documentation, assessments, test results and additional information if needed, prior to any provision of services.
  • Accommodations cannot be retroactive and begin only after appropriate documentation has been provided and determined if an accommodation is required.
  • Contact your instructors about any accommodations you may be needing through KI. It can also be helpful to contact and see if instructors have any teaching methods or office hours to better assist you.
  • Students may appeal of any decision regarding reasonable accommodations.

Other Resources

  • The Learning Resource Center is a cheerful place where all students at Leeward Community College can go to find support for their courses such as tutoring and writing assistance
  • The Math Lab provides assistance with routine math problems and a helpful environment for students to study or do homework. Tutoring is available for MATH and QM coursework as well as textbooks, calculators, computers and other learning tools.
  • The Leeward CC Library and Learning Commons is open for students to borrow books and laptops, do research, find a place to study, print and copy, or even get a bite to eat. Come in and see someone at the circulation desk for help with borrowing services.
  • Hawaii Vocational Rehabilitation & Services for the Blind provides services by the State of Hawaii's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). If you are eligible for assistance through DVR, you may be able to receive disability evaluation at no cost. Please see their website for more information.
  • KOKUA Disability Office is the primary unit for disability counseling and support services at UH Manoa. Students should contact this office when intending to transfer to UH Manoa.

More Information

Efforts to comply with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, both in letter and in spirit, have resulted in increasing the numbers of adults with disabilities achieving great success at the college level.
The goal of assistive and learning support services is to “level the playing field” to provide equal access to education for all at Leeward Community College.
Accommodations given to students with disabilities in no way afford them an unfair advantage. Rather, they are in place to assist students with disabilities to overcome the disadvantages that would otherwise hinder their success.