During the fall semester, staff will be working both on campus as well as working remotely. Please review the following appointment information as this information has changed and an additional appointment link is available.


Starting August 24th, staff will be on campus Mondays and Wednesdays and students, who have already been approved for accommodations and are not asking for additional accommodations, will be able to make short in-person student on those days. These appointments will be limited to 15 minutes or less and will provide students with an opportunity to discuss a quick issue, pick up equipment etc. Please be prepared in advance regarding what you wish to ask, discuss or do. Appointment location: Rm. 320, Cressman Library.

To make a short, in-person appointment, please access Sue Barnes' Monday/Wednesday Calendar.

Please note: Students must wear a mask and stay socially distanced during this appointment. If you are unable to wear a mask, please make an appointment via Sue Barnes' Tues/Thurs/Friday calendar (link below) so that we can meet via phone or online conferencing. 

If you can’t wear a mask or need to make longer appointments (more complicated issue, a Self-Disclosure meeting, training on software, follow-up appointment, etc.) please check my Sue Barnes' Tues/Thurs/Fri Calendar.


These appointments are for currently enrolled or prospective students who wish to make accommodation requests (schedule a self-disclosure meeting), current students who need to schedule a longer follow-up appointment, students with accommodations who need software/technology training, etc. Students may still schedule a quick phone call on these days as well.

To make a longer appointment that will be conducted via telephone or online conferencing, please access Sue Barnes' Tues/Thurs/Fri Calendar.

Documentation may be mailed to the attention of Susan Barnes, Disability Resources, emailed directly to Sue Barnes ( or faxed to Academic Services (610-606-4673).  


Cedar Crest College is committed to ensuring students with disabilities are welcomed as a part of our diverse community and that they have equal access to participate in all programs and services offered by the College.  The process of requesting and being approved for accommodations is an interactive one and requires student involvement.  Students who intend to request accommodations will need to:

“Self-identify” in order to receive services, by first meeting with the Director of Learning and Disability Resources.  During this meeting the student will: discuss a diagnosed condition, the functional limitations the student experiences as a result of this condition, and requests for accommodations (academic, residential and/or dining).

Provide supporting documentation of their condition, which assists in further identifying accommodations that are reasonable and appropriate.  Students are not required to bring documentation to the initial meeting; however, should the student already have documentation (such as school system Evaluation Reports, Re-evaluation Reports, IEP or 504 plans, etc.), it may be provided at that time.  

Students may receive accommodations due to the functional limitations caused by many types of conditions such as attention disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, chronic health conditions, cognitive impairments, communication impairments, food allergies/insensitivity, hearing impairments/deafness, learning disabilities, physical/mobility issues, mental health conditions, brain injury/concussions, visual impairments/blindness and others.    

Once a student is approved for accommodations, the Director works closely with the student, the student’s instructors, and other departments (Residence Life/Housing, Student Affairs, Dining Services etc.) to coordinate provision of accommodations.   Please note that we consider the provision of accommodations to be a “fluid” process: a student’s condition may change, a student may be diagnosed with an additional condition, an accommodation may not be effective, etc.  Therefore, it is important the student work closely and communicate in a timely manner with the Director for any necessary adjustments throughout their time at Cedar Crest. 

Although accommodations may be requested at any time, it is advisable for incoming first year and transfer students to request accommodations several months in advance of the beginning of their first semester at Cedar Crest.  Prompt requests will provide adequate time to ensure reasonable and appropriate accommodations are in place for the student prior to the start of classes. Please note that accommodations are not applied retroactively once approved.


If you are interested in requesting accommodations and are not yet receiving them, you can make an appointment with the Director of Learning & Disability Resources via Disability Resources Appointments and selecting a “New Student” appointment (if you are already receiving accommodations, please select a "follow up" appointment).  You will then need to complete the form and “confirm” the booking.  Please note that appointments are currently only (until further notice) being conducted by phone and you will call in at the beginning of your appointment (information is provided in appointment form and confirmation email). Once you have completed this process, you will receive a confirmation email. Appointments are traditionally scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. - please call 610-606-4666 ext. 4462 if you require an appointment outside our normal office hours.

Are Accommodations Retroactive?

Accommodations are not retroactive.  You must complete the accommodation request process and be approved for accommodations before accommodations become active.  For this reason, proactive planning is very important; if you are experiencing an on-going condition that impacts major life activities, such as learning, you may want to consider contacting Disability Resources to discuss your issue and to start the process of requesting accommodations.


Disability Resources does not typically notify instructors of student absences. If you are absent and need an instructor notified, please use the Absence Notification Request on the Student Affairs page of My Cedar Crest.

Students with Chronic Physical or Mental Health Conditions

Your health is important!  Health Services at Cedar Crest offers short term care for routine illness as well as short term counseling for students dealing with unexpected challenges in their lives. If you have a chronic physical or mental health condition for which you receive regularly scheduled long term care (medical appointments or treatment, therapy etc.), please make certain that you arrange for the same level of care, locally, while you are at Cedar Crest College.  This may help you maintain your health and prevent “flare-ups” of your condition.  Remember … throughout the years you attend college, you’ll be on campus more than you’ll be home!

Currently Enrolled Students with Acute Injuries

Accommodations are typically provided to students with long-term/permanent conditions/disabilities (over 6 months).  However, on a case-by-case basis, Disability Resources may also provide accommodations to students with temporary conditions as the need arises. Currently enrolled students with acute injuries (such as concussions, broken bones etc.) who are in need of accommodations should contact Academic Services (610-606-4628) immediately for the next available appointment.  Please note that this interactive process may take some time so students are advised to submit documentation to Student Affairs (Absence Notification Request) regarding any absences they may have had in relation to the injury/condition. Students are also encouraged to work with instructors regarding any missed content, assignments and/or testing that occurs after the injury and before accommodations are in place.

Returning Students with Previously Approved Accommodations

Students with approved accommodations who have graduated, taken a leave of absence, or exited the College for any reason, will be placed in "Inactive" status. Such students must email or call Disability Resources (; 610-606-4628) to notify the office that they intend to re-enroll. Students should provide at least one weeks notice in order for staff to place them in "Active" status and generate Accommodation Letters.    

Relocation Plan for Disability Access

If you need access to offices housed in inaccessible locations, please feel free to request that your appointment be held in an accessible location. Faculty and staff will be happy to accommodate you. Should you need further assistance with access, please contact the Academic Services office at 610-606-4628 or Many classes, meetings, activities, and events can be moved to accessible locations with 48-hours notice. 

Inaccessible campus locations include Blaney Hall (BHA), the Alumnae Little Theater, Almunae Hall (ALH) (second floor), Lees Hall, Hartzel Hall (HH) (first and second floors), Allen House (second floor), Moore Hall, Steinbright Hall, Curtis Hall (third floor), and the athletic fields. 

Accessible Parking and Pathways

The following is a campus map indicating accessible parking spaces and pathways (updated Mar. 2020).

CCC_CampusMap_Accessible Parking and Pathways 2020.pdf

Make Your Emails and Social Media Posts Accessible

Please refer to the following information and documents that show how to make your emails and social media posts accessible. 

Email - Outlook

Outlook Email Accessibility.docx

Social Media

Please review the following general guidelines for making your posts accessible:

General Guidelines for Making Social Media Posts Accessible.docx

Cedar Crest App

Please note the Cedar Crest App does not currently support the addition of alt text to images or graphics. If you add an image or a graphic to the app, please make sure to:

  1. put a description of any pictures in the text of your post (don't just post the picture)
  2. put the details of your event or announcement in the text of your post (don't just post a graphic for an announcement)

Instagram Post Accessibility

Facebook Post Accessibility - Desktop App.docx

Facebook Post Accessibility - Mobile App.docx

Twitter Post Accessibility.docx

Additional Resources

Social Media Accessibility Toolkit (website)

Is Online Learning Right For You?

If you are considering taking online courses, please be aware that your need for accommodations may be different in online courses, versus on-campus courses. Examples may include the need for different accommodations related to understanding written instructions, use of technology to access online content, participating in online discussions, watching and listening to online videos, listening to online audio files, and use of remote proctoring. 

Before enrolling in an online course, students with disabilities should consider the following:

1) How well do I manage my time? Am I good at working independently?

2) Does my disability affect my ability to process and comprehend written information?

3) Will I need to utilize assistive technology to access and complete the course?

4) How comfortable am I with computers and technology? Will I need any additional technology or supplies for the class (such as a web cam)?

5) What am I expecting from the course with regard to interaction with the instructor or other students? What will be expected of me?

Some great references from our IT department are:

Note: Course syllabi, even for previous courses, are often available on My Cedar Crest (Current Students> Quick Links> Course Syllabi), so it is a good idea to look at the syllabus for a class in which you are interested. You can also contact the course instructor to ask questions about the format of the course, the assignments, any additional technology and supplies that might be necessary, etc.

Report an Accessibility Barrier Button - linked to form

Testing in Academic Services

Students with "on-ground" in-person testing, whose instructors cannot provide testing accommodations directly, may schedule testing in Academic Services. Note that we are not currently administering testing for online tests. To make a testing appointment, please go to the next section "Accommodated Testing Appointment Request," read the information, and complete the online form. Please review the following general information regarding testing in Academic Services

Video Monitoring in Testing Area

Please note that Academic Services is actively video monitoring and recording testing sessions in our testing area. Upon request, instructors may view recorded video to ensure testing integrity.

Testing (tests/exams/quizzes) may be administered in Academic Services for students who are approved for testing accommodations but whose instructors are unable to provide the accommodations for a particular test. To request a testing appointment in Academic Services, please click on “continue to form” below, read the information and instructions, complete the form and submit it. If, for any reason, you are unable to use this form, please contact Academic Services at 610-606-4628.

Continue to form

Kurzweil Information (for testing etc.)

NOTICE: Students Using Kurzweil for Testing

Students, please note that the new Canvas Immersive Reader feature does not work for testing in Canvas. As you may now be taking your tests/quizzes online, you can still use Kurzweil to listen to test/quiz questions. In order to do this, you will first need to add the Kurzweil "Read the Web" Chrome extension to your computer. You will need to sign into this program BEFORE opening your Canvas test/quiz. This video (this video is on Stream so you will need to sign into your student Microsoft account to view this) will show you how to add the extension:

Adding the Kurzweil "Read the Web" Chrome Extension

Here are instructions on how to access Kurzweil 3000 online and the Read the Web application in case you need them:

Kurzweil Information & Instructions.docx

The Read the Web extension not only allows you to read any information (news articles, online journal articles, etc.) you can pull up on the web, it allows you to use Kurzweil in Canvas for testing. In order to use this extension for testing, you must first sign into the Read the Web extension on your computer, then sign into Canvas. Start your test and you will be able to place the cursor in front of the content you want read aloud.

Kurzweil Training

If you are approved to use alternate format textbooks and would like training on how to use Kurzweil and the Kurzweil "Read the Web" extension, please make a one hour (you may use the "New Student" appointment type) appointment with Sue Barnes for training. Please note that during the time staff is working remotely due to COVID-19, these training appointments will take place via online conferencing (Go To Meeting).

PLEASE NOTE: Please submit, or have documentation submitted, directly to Sue Barnes via email ( or the Academic Services fax (610-606-4673). Staff is currently working both on campus and remotely so there may be a slight delay in retrieving mailed (USPS) documents.

If you need an alternate format for any of these documents, or if you have questions about this information or these processes, please contact Academic Services at 610-606-4628. If you need a different format of any of these documents in order to access them, please contact Sue Barnes.

Supplemental Documentation Guidelines/Forms

Please note that any forms posted below are offered for the student's/treating provider's convenience and can serve as a guide should the treating provider wish to write a letter or provide some other type of documentation.

Acquired Brain Injury/Post-Concussion.pdf


Autism Spectrum Disorder.pdf

Blind/Low Vision.pdf

Chronic Illness/Condition.pdf


ESA Process Form.pdf

ESA Doc Request Form.pdf

Intellectual Disability.pdf

Learning Disability.pdf

Meal Plan Acc Request Form.pdf

Mental Health Conditions.pdf

Physical Disability/Mobility.pdf

Other Forms and Processes

Appeals Process

Appeal Process.pdf

Academic Services Testing Appointments

AS Testing Information Aug 19.pdf

Using the Online Form to Make a Testing Appointment.pdf

Audio Recording

Audio Recording Agreement.pdf

Course Changes - You Added Courses

Please use the Course Change Notification Form to notify us that you have added courses and will need additional Accommodations Letters sent to instructors.

Making Requests for Alternate Format Texts

How to Find Your Textbooks.pdf

Making Alternate Format Textbook Requests.pdf

Alternate Format Textbook Request Form

Map of Accessible Parking and Pathways

Accessible Parking and Pathways 2020.pdf

Note Taker Requests

Students with an approved Note Taker accommodation should review the following policy prior to requesting note takers.

Note Taker Request Policy Jan 2018.pdf

Service Animals

Service Animal Policy.pdf

Students Taking Courses at Other LVAIC Institutions

OCICU Disability Services Requests.pdf

Summary of Accommodations Letter

Students who are tranfering to another institution may request (contact Sue Barnes at 610-606-4628 or both a copy of the supplemental documentation they provided Cedar Crest as well as a Summary of Accommodations Letter that will outline the time period for which the student received accommodations at Cedar Crest and the accommodations that were approved for the student.

Handbook for Disability and Accessibility Services Updated Summer 2016