Ability Services

Houston Community College is committed to creating an accessible learning community where individuals with disabilities have an equal opportunity to pursue their educational goals, limited only by their abilities, not their disabilities. Ability Services strives to empower students, foster independence, and promote achievement of the student’s career and educational goals.

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Ability Services at each College within the Houston Community College System is responsible for arranging reasonable accommodations for all qualified students with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) to ensure equal access to all programs and activities at the College. Students who need to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact Ability Services at the College(s) (Central, Coleman, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest) the student plans to attend. Due to the high demand for services and the nature of certain disabilities, it is recommended that students meet with an ADA Counselor at least 60 days prior to the beginning of each term. Every effort will be made to arrange accommodations, however, failure to provide sufficient advance notice may impede service delivery.

The process for obtaining reasonable accommodations is an interactive one that begins with the student’s disclosure of his/her disability. The student has the responsibility of providing Ability Services with the appropriate documentation from a qualified Physician or Clinician who has diagnosed his/her disability. Students with disabilities should contact Ability Services directly. The contact must be made by the student and not a representative of the student, however parents/family are encouraged to participate in the process.

Students must be on file with our office in order to obtain services including, but not limited to:

  • Placement testing with reasonable accommodations, if needed
  • Reasonable classroom accommodations
  • Interpreting or CART services
  • Textbooks in an alternate format
  • Assistive technology
  • Referral to agencies such as the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Mental Health Mental Retardation Agency of Harris County (MHMRA), etc.

Note: Ability Services works closely with other College departments, but does not replicate those services. We direct students to the appropriate service and facilitate referral as needed.

Whether you are a student with a disability, or an Instructor working with a student with a disability, we look forward to assisting you.

Text Only

To view a text-only version of the HCC website, visit assistive.usablenet.com.

Browse Aloud

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BrowseAloud is free software that reads web pages out loud. It can help anyone who has difficulty reading online, including people with mild visual impairments, low literacy, English as a second language, or learning disabilities, such as dyslexia.

Once you have BrowseAloud installed on your computer, all you need to do is point your mouse at words on this site. BrowseAloud will highlight the words and read them out loud.

 To install BrowseAloud on your personal computer, download BrowseAloud from the BrowseAloud web site:

Follow the instructions on download page to install BrowseAloud on your computer.