Welcome to ACCESS

Accommodations at Collin College for Equal Support Services (ACCESS)

Disability Services/ACCESS Contact Information:
Email: access@collin.edu
Phone: (972) 881 5898

We want to partner with you to provide an exceptional educational experience. The ACCESS (Accommodations at Collin College for Equal Support Services) Office provides support to eliminate barriers. We offer a variety of services that offer equal opportunities for qualified students with a disability. You must be admitted to Collin College before you apply for services. 

If you need accommodations for any part of the Collin College admission and assessment process, please contact us.  

*The college safeguards against discrimination by offering specialized services and reasonable accommodations to qualified students with a disability in compliance with Collin College Board policy, The Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and ADA Amendments Act 2008.

     1) Complete Collin College admission application.
     2) Obtain College Wide ID (CWID) and Collin email before applying for ACCESS services.
     3) Plan early. Complete an ACCESS Application as soon as possible as the process can take up to two weeks. 

*Classroom accommodations can differ from TSI accommodations, please email access@collin.edu for assistance. 

If you do not know which documentation to provide, please see the following Disability Verification Forms

After you submit your application you may receive messages from you assigned advisor asking for specific documentation. Most commonly, we find that a Full Individual Evaluation (FIE) from high school, a 504 Plan, or a report from a licensed practitioner provide us with the most useful information. If you do not have documentation that provides test scores, specific functional limitations and the need for specific accommodations, you can have your licensed practitioner fill out one of our Disability Verification Forms.

Once all appropriate documents have been obtained, your ACCESS advisor will contact you (using your @collin.edu email) to schedule an intake meeting. During the intake meeting, you and your ACCESS advisor will discuss what brings you to our office and listen to your concerns. The ACCESS advisor will ask questions about your disability and learning style. The two of you can identify what barriers you face and what accommodation options can help minimize those barriers to ensure equal opportunity at Collin College.  

Dual Credit students may be eligible to receive services similar to those given in high school. They should follow the same process to request services as all other Collin College students. For more information see the Dual Credit FAQ 

- Testing Accommodations

        -When extended time is warranted, the minimum and most common extension granted at Collin College is time-and-a-half.  Decisions concerning the appropriate time extension will be made on a case-by-case basis, keeping in mind such factors as the specific disability involved, other accommodations being provided, the type of test being administered, and the appropriateness of the accommodation to Collin College's academic environment.

          Note: Collin College will not extend unlimited time to a student nor will it otherwise modify its examination policies in a manner which fundamentally or substantially lowers the essential academic standards of the institution, its departments, or any course it offers.

- Note Taking Support

- Academic Advising

- Specific accommodations for math, reading and writing

- Assistive Technology
         - The ACCESS Office allows qualified students to check-out assistive technology (devices and services that help individuals with disabilities) on a semester-by-semester basis. We also provide a list of assistive technology resources available to all students upon request. Learn more about our Assistive Technology options. 

- Interpreting Services
         - The ACCESS Office provides qualified students with interpreting services for all classes and Collin related events both in person and online. All of our interpreters are state or nationally certified. You can request an interpreter by filling out the form here or through you ACCESS AIM Portal: https://rainier.accessiblelearning.com/Collin/CustomRequest.aspx
- Captioning Services
         - The ACCESS Office provides qualified students with captioning services for all classes and Collin related events both in person and online. You can request a captionist by filling out the form here or through your ACCESS AIM Portal:   

- Blind and Low Vision
         - The ACCESS Office provides qualified students with a variety of services and devices. Examples of the Assistive Technology provided can be viewed here  

The Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI) is a program designed to determine if a student is ready for college-level course work in the general areas of ELAR (English Language Arts and Reading) and Math. This program will also help determine what type of course or intervention will best meet the student's needs and to assist in becoming better prepared for college-level course work. http://www.collin.edu/studentresources/testing/availabletesting/tsi.html

If you think you may need accommodations to complete this assessment, please contact access@collin.edu

Have a special request or attending a Collin College event as a non-student and need services? Please contact us at access@collin.edu or (972) 881 5898.
Collin College and the ACCESS Office have a wealth of valuable resources that are available to you for FREE. Learn more about these valuable resources.

The ACCESS Office strives to partner with faculty to provide support, tools, trainings, and techniques that they can apply in their classrooms when working with ALL of their students.

ACCESS Faculty Resources

The ACCESS Office assists qualified students in obtaining alternative formats of their textbooks. Our staff works with textbook publishers to obtain alternative versions of books that can be used with assistive technology.

Students can request books in a variety of formats including audio books and accessible PDFs. For more information, email our Alternative Format Coordinator Emily Bristow at embristow@collin.edu

Click here for instructions on how to request text in an alternate format.
ACCESS collects required paperwork for deaf/blind tuition exemptions.  
The exemption is not an accommodation, and it does not apply to all courses. 
For more information about the deaf/blind tuition exemption, click here