Disability Services

Students enrolled at KCAI have a range of learning styles and abilities. A learning specialist helps students gain a more complete understanding of individual learning styles, skills, strengths and weaknesses to cope with the greater demands of college courses.

Disability services provides assistance to students with physical, psychological, ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities who are eligible for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis upon review of documentation and after conversations with the student. Students are encouraged to notify the disabilities coordinator sooner rather than later, as certain accommodations require time to arrange.

The Kansas City Art Institute is committed to supporting the needs and rights of students with alternative learning styles and documented learning disabilities. We will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations and support for qualified students with disabilities to ensure they reach their potential.


Students are invited to disclose the nature of their disability upon acceptance to KCAI. Each summer, all KCAI students seeking accommodations are asked to complete a Disclosure of Special Needs form. Students who have a documented disability must provide documentation to the disabilities coordinator in order to receive appropriate accommodations. Appropriate forms of documentation include a psychological report, a Section 504 plan, an Individualized Educational Plan completed within the past three years or documentation from a medical or educational professional. These documents must include the nature of the disability and recommended accommodations.  


Services for students

Accommodations may include but are not limited to:
  • Notetaking assistance 
  • Extended time during exams
  • Audio book access 
  • Access to a reader for texts unavailable by audio book
  • Access to a scribe during written exams 
  • Alternative testing environments
  • Access to a sign language interpreter
  • Preferential seating 
  • Classroom and studio modifications 


In compliance with federal law, all information pertaining to a disability and/or accommodations will remain confidential.

Students who would like the disabilities coordinator to disclose a history of accommodations and services to a parent, doctor, instructor or school administrator will be asked to sign a release form, available from the disabilities coordinator

For more information

Adam Rollins
Disabilities and academic support coordinator

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