Accessibility Services – New Students

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) Application Steps

Step 1: Apply to ACC.

Begin and complete the college admission and registration process. All students must complete each step of the enrollment process prior to applying for SAS services. If you need assistance with the application, please contact our College Destination Center at startnow@austincc.edu.

Step 2: Apply for SAS services.

To determine eligibility and receive services and accommodations, please complete our application: SAS Application for Services.

Review our documentation guidelines prior to completing your application for services. Documentation must accompany your application.

Your official diagnostic documentation must be from a licensed practitioner eligible to diagnose and treat your disability. It should include your current diagnosis, prognosis, and impact on academic performance.

Deaf/Blind Students: If you believe you qualify for a tuition exemption from the State of Texas, see the information here: Deaf/Blind Students

Temporary Disabilities: If you have sustained a temporary disability during the semester, temporary accommodations may be provided as a service to students with temporary physical impairments so your enrollment can continue with minimal disruption.

Schedule your TSI assessment.

During the enrollment process, you may have been told that you need to take the TSI assessment for class placement.

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-required assessment test to determine college-readiness in reading, writing, and math.

All first-time college students, including students with disabilities, must take the TSI test before enrolling in classes unless you are otherwise exempt or complete.

If you need accommodations contact SASApplication@austincc.edu before scheduling your assessment.

Meet with SAS.

Once you have registered for your classes, SAS staff will engage in the interactive process with you to determine the reasonable, appropriate, and effective accommodations that will give you access to your course materials. Accommodations are determined based on your disability and courses you are enrolled in.

SAS will contact you to schedule an initial accommodation meeting based on the chosen campus you indicated on your application. During this meeting, we’ll discuss how your disability impacts you, academic barriers & classroom accommodation requests and procedures.

You will then be granted access to our accommodation management system, AIM, where you can login with your ACC username and password to request accommodations every semester.

Once you submit your accommodation request in AIM, the system will generate Faculty Notification Letters and email those letters to your respective professors. You will also receive a copy. This letter is the official notice from our office and outlines the accommodations you’ve requested for that course.

Please note:

  • Accommodations are not retroactive so we encourage you to request your letters whether you think you will use them or not.
  • Accommodations do not go into effect until your instructor receives your letter.

You’re done! There’s no need to reapply for services next semester. There is information you need to know as a current student, so check out our Accessibility Services – Current or Returning Students.

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