Disability Support Services Office (DSSO)

DSSO Mission to Support Students with Disabilities

Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) is committed to a barrier-free campus, ensuring that all students have equal access to education. KCC agrees to make academic adjustments to ensure non-discrimination of students with disabilities.  This commitment is in accordance with applicable state and federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Disability Support Services Office (DSSO) procedures were developed under this guiding mission.

Prospective DSSO Students

Getting Started with the Disability Support Services Office (DSSO)

Students must self-identify to the DSSO and complete the intake process before receiving reasonable accommodations for the first time.  Students must formally request specific academic adjustments/auxiliary aids, provided as accommodations, and substantiate that request with supporting documentation.  To ensure the prompt and effective provision of accommodations, students should contact the DSSO as early as possible.

  1. Complete the current DSSO Intake Form and secure appropriate documentation. Documentation should be current and include:
    • diagnosis of disability
    • a description of the impact of the disability and/or functional limitations that may affect academic performance,
    • recommended accommodations, and
    • the printed and signed name of a qualified professional certified to assess the disability (i.e. physician, psychologist, and learning disability specialist, etc.)
  2. Make an appointment to register with the DSSO and request accommodations.*  Contact DSSO at (808) 734-9552, kapdss@hawaii.edu or stop by the office in ‘Ilima 107.  Bring your completed Intake Form and disability documentation.
  3. Meet with the DSSO counselor and go through an interactive process to discuss reasonable accommodations, appropriate academic adjustments and auxiliary aids.  Examples of such adjustments and aids are:
    • Notetakers, Readers, and Scribes
    • Assistive Technology and Software
    • Alternate format for instructional materials
    • Testing accommodations
    • Accessible tables and chairs

*Note: for students whose primary disability is Deaf or hard of hearing (requiring accommodations such as sign language interpreter, computer assisted notetaker, etc.) contact the KCC Deaf Center for an intake appointment. The KCC Deaf Center is located in Manono 102, ph. 734-9210(V/TTY).

Current DSSO Students

Requesting Additional/Changes to Current Accommodations (after intake)

After students have self-identified and completed the intake process for the first time, they may request additional academic adjustments/auxiliary aids, provided as accommodations at any time. Such requests must be substantiated with supporting documentation.  To ensure the prompt and effective provision of accommodations, students should contact the DSSO as early as possible.

  1. Complete the current Request and Confirmation of Accommodations Form and secure appropriate documentation. Documentation should be current and include:
    • diagnosis of disability
    • a description of the impact of the disability and/or functional limitations that may affect academic performance,
    • recommended accommodations, and
    • the printed and signed name of a qualified professional certified to assess the disability (i.e. physician, psychologist, and learning disability specialist, etc.)
  2. Make an appointment with one of the DSSO counselors. Contact DSSO at (808) 734-9552, kapdss@hawaii.edu or stop by the office in ‘Ilima 107. If this is your first time meeting with a DSSO counselor, please ask for a “Getting Started with DSSO” packet. If you are requesting additional accommodations after the initial intake, bring your completed Request and Confirmation of Accommodations Form and disability documentation.
  3. Meet with the DSSO counselor and go through an interactive process to discuss requests for additions or changes to your current accommodations, appropriate academic adjustments and auxiliary aids.

Download forms & documents at the DSSO Toolbox.