KI Program

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.

ABOUT KĀKO‘O ‘IKE

The purpose of Kāko‘o ‘Ike 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 allow them to access the instruction in their classrooms. These classroom accommodations enable students 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. Early planning is essential for many of the resources and accommodations provided. While students may request accommodations at any time, we ask that you contact us as you become aware of the need for services so we may assist you.

SERVICES

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

  • Academic accommodations
    • Priority registration
    • Audio capture of class notes
    • Sign-Language Interpreting
    • Distraction-reduced testing environment
    • Extended time for quiz/test/exam
    • Alternative testing procedures
  • Assistive Technology
    • Auxiliary aids and equipment
    • Scanning and printing services
    • Alternate format textbooks
    • Text to speech software
    • Speech to text software 
    • Computers with other assistive software
  • In-person Support
    • Faculty Liaison
    • Scribes and/or readers
  • Special needs tables and chairs
  • Success, Skills and Informational handouts

TO APPLY

In order to evaluate all requests for classroom accommodations and services, KI Program Disability Specialists will need information about how your disability is likely to impact you here at Leeward Community College.

Gather all appropriate disability documentation which may include:

    • A diagnostic statement identifying the nature of the disability.
    • 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 first step to receiving classroom accommodations is to self-identify as a student with a disability and request accommodations. To begin the process, click HERE.

**Please note: Any information or documentation that students can readily share during or prior to their first meeting is helpful and can save the need for follow-up meetings with KI Disability Specialists. We recognize that barriers exist and can create hardship for students with regard to having and presenting third party disability documentation. Please don’t delay submitting the self-identification form because you are concerned you don’t have the appropriate paperwork. If you have information or documentation, you will be provided an opportunity to upload it with your self-identification form.

Once you have gathered your information and have your UH username AND PASSWORD in hand,

  • Use this THIS SELF-REGISTRATION LINK.
  • Complete the online form.
  • Submit your information to the KI Program.
  • Following your submission, you will receive email instructions to call our office and set up an intake appointment.

To set up a one-hour intake appointment with one of our KI Program Disability Specialists:  

  • Walk-in to our office (LC 213) on the Leeward Campus. We are located to the right of the entrance to the Leeward Community College Learning Commons.
  • Call us at (808) 455-0421. Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Or email us at kprogram@hawaii.edu

CONFIDENTIALITY AND RELEASE OF INFORMATION

  • KI Program Disability Specialists view all materials pertaining to a student’s disability as confidential. All disability-related information for students at Leeward Community College is housed in the KI Program Office. Only staff persons working at KI has access to these files. Registration with the KI Program will not appear on transcripts.
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) do not allow faculty or others access to disability-related information (e.g. diagnosis, medications).
  • The KI Program Office will not share a student’s medical information with Leeward Community College faculty or staff without the student’s consent.
  • KI Disability Specialists will confirm registration and approved accommodations on a need-to-know basis.
  • The KI Program Office will not disclose any student’s medical or registration information to an employer or other outside organization without the student’s permission.
  • The KI Program Office will retain all disability documentation for three years after the last contact with student.

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

  • Students must self-identify as needing disability services in a timely manner to KI Program, preferably before or at the start of the semester.
  • Students may provide documentation, assessments, test results and additional information if needed, prior to any provision of services.
  • Accommodations cannot be retroactive and begin only after it is determined that an accommodation is required.
  • Feel free to discuss your accommodations with your instructors (privately, during their office hours) as you choose. Communicate with your course instructors so they may better assist you.
  • Students may appeal any decision regarding reasonable accommodations.

CONTINUING/RETURNING STUDENTS

The KI Program is in the process of switching over from physical paper files to an electronic workflow system. We are asking for your cooperation as we establish our new office procedures. This new system allows students to request accommodations and share them with instructors electronically. You no longer need to make repeated visits to the KI Program Office to pick up and return accommodation requests and notifications.

To begin, have your UH username/student in hand.
Use this SELF-REGISTRATION link.
Complete the online form and submit your information to the KI Program.
Following your submission, you will receive email instructions to call our office and set up an intake appointment.

To set up an appointment with one of our KI Program Disability Specialists: 

  • Walk-in to our office (LC 213) on the Leeward Campus. We are located to the right of the entrance to the Leeward Community College Learning Commons.
  • Call us at (808) 455-0421. Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Or email us at kprogram@hawaii.edu

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and look forward to making this transition from paper files to a virtual process a smooth one. We anticipate a period of adjustments for students and faculty as we adopt this new way of doing things. Please see us if you have questions.

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 the civil rights of students with disabilities in postsecondary education institutions.

OTHER RESOURCES

  • The Writing Center is the place where all students at Leeward Community College can go to find writing assistance for their courses.
  • 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.