Welcome! This page gives an overview of the steps to take to get started with DRC services. You may apply for services at any time. However, timely application (4 to 6 weeks before the start of the quarter) will help facilitate timely approval and setup of your accommodation(s). We also recommend you complete the Bellevue College admissions application before applying for DRC services. If you have questions about this process or need assistance please contact our office at any time.
If you are coming from high school, the Office of Civil Rights has a good webpage covering the differences between high school and higher education accommodations. While these differences will be covered in your Intake Appointment, we recommend taking a look to familiarize yourself and come with questions.
We are happy to have you as part of our campus community!
Step 1: Submit Bellevue College Admissions Application
If you are new to the college or have not taken classes for two consecutive quarters, complete and submit a Bellevue College admissions application first. You can submit an application or request additional information on the Enrollment website. (Note: If you are exclusively taking Continuing Education classes, you do not need to apply for admission.)
Step 2: Take the COMPASS Assessment
All entering Bellevue College students must complete a COMPASS Assessment for math and English to identify appropriate course placement. The Assessment website provides information on preparing for the assessment tests and an assessment calendar for available dates and times for drop-in English and Math assessments. If you would normally receive alternative testing accommodations, please contact the DRC before signing up to take the COMPASS Assessment. The COMPASS test is untimed for all students so there is no need for extended time accommodations. (Note: If you are exclusively taking Continuing Education classes, you do not need to complete a COMPASS assessment.)
Step 3: Submit DRC Intake Form
Complete and submit a DRC Intake form. This form may be submitted online, printed and submitted on paper, or you may complete it in person at the DRC office. Visit DRC Intake Form to read more about the form.
Step 4: Submit Documentation
Students need to provide documentation that is a clear, objective medical/clinical evaluation of the disability reflecting the student’s functional limitations in an educational setting. You can find out more about what types/kind of documentation is required on our Policies and Guidelines page. While the DRC does not offer testing or assessment of disability, we can refer you to professionals in the community who can provide these services. (Note: There are a number of ways to submit documentation detailed on the DRC contact page.)
Step 5: Participate in an Intake Appointment
Once you have submitted an intake form and your documentation has been reviewed by the DRC Staff, you will be contacted to schedule an intake appointment. Your one-on-one intake meeting will give you an opportunity to identify your needs, understand DRC policies, discuss academic goals, and determine accommodations that will ensure access. During the intake you may request specific accommodations and the DRC staff member will guide you in developing an accommodations plan.
Step 6: Meet with an Academic Advisor
All students are strongly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor who will work closely with us to provide you with general academic advising in your intended major and/or degree; create a detailed educational plan to map out your future quarters; connect you with a faculty advisor once ready for ongoing major specific information; and provide continuing advising assistance throughout your major study. More information is available on the Academic Advising website.
If you are enrolling in a Professional/technical program, plan to meet with the faculty advisor from that program. A program guide to Bellevue College’s Professional/technical programs is available in the online catalog.
Step 7: Register for Classes
Students who are approved for priority registration through the DRC will be able to register before other Bellevue College students. You will receive registration information in the mail, or contact the DRC to find out the date and time you can register. Students approved for priority registration should register as soon as possible so that the DRC has time to plan and coordinate your accommodations. You can register and pay for classes on the Bellevue College Registration website.
Step 8: Submit a Request for Accommodations Form
The Request for Accommodations form lets us know that you are registered for the quarter and need us to generate instructor letters identifying your accommodations. We can then coordinate and plan your accommodations. Complete this form as soon as possible after you register for classes. If we do not receive this form, accommodations will not be set up for you.
Step 9: Complete Additional Forms
Some accommodations, like Accessible Media, require additional information about the specifics of your classes or your textbooks. These forms are also available through this website or in the DRC Office.