disAbility Support Services
disAbility Support Services
Services for Students with a Qualified Disability
Houston Community College (HCC) views equal access as a shared responsibility between HCC and the student. HCC recognizes students with disabilities as a valued element of diversity and ensures that no academically qualified student with a disability will be denied access to or participation in the services, programs, and activities of HCC. HCC makes its campuses and programs accessible to individuals with disabilities.
ADA Accommodation Process for HCC Students
The Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and requires postsecondary institutions to provide accommodations when a student discloses a disability. In college, students with disabilities are covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which also prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, and under the Americans with Disabilities Act. HCC’s obligations under these laws are different than what students will have experienced during high school. The objective of reasonable accommodations in college is to accommodate the functional limitations of the student while maintaining the integrity of college courses and programs. Colleges provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with federal law, and not modifications to courses.
Obtaining reasonable accommodations is a process which is voluntary on behalf of the student and interactive. It is the student’s responsibility to self-identify, disclose his/her disability or condition to the disAbility Services Office, provide the appropriate documentation from a qualified professional, usually a physician or clinician, with a diagnosis of his/her disability (s), and request reasonable accommodations. The disAbility Services Office, in communication with the student, will issue a letter detailing the student’s approved reasonable accommodations. Once the ADA accommodation letter is received by the student, the student should contact his/her instructors at the start of the semester and present the letter to them. Accommodation letters are not retroactively applied. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate his/her questions or concerns associated with his/her accommodation letter to the disAbility Services office in a timely manner. Due to high demands for services, HCC strongly encourages students to request accommodations before the start of each academic term. Failure to provide sufficient documentation or timely request accommodations may delay the delivery of accommodations. Returning students should contact the disAbility Services office at the beginning of each semester to receive their reasonable accommodation letters. Additional documentation may be requested if students request to change their existing accommodations.
Examples of Reasonable Accommodations
Examples of accommodations students have received include, but are not limited to, extra time for testing, use of a tape recorder in classroom, Sign Language interpretation or CART services, preferrential seating in the classroom, and alternate text books.
The point of contact for the HCC students with a qualified disability seeking accommodations under the ADA is the Ability Services Office. The Ability Services Offices are located at each of our 6 colleges. For the list of counselors and their contact information visit: http://www.hccs.edu/support-services/disability-services/. Students enrolled wholly as online students can contact any of the ADA counselors to request ADA accommodations.
Grievance and Appeal Process
The College District official to receive complaints is David Cross, the ADA/Section 504 coordinator. Reports of discrimination based on disability may be directed to the ADA/Section 504 coordinator. The College District designates the following person to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, which incorporates and expands the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended:
Name: David Cross
Position: Director of EEO Compliance and the Office of Institutional Equity
Address: 3100 Main Street, 7th Floor, Houston, TX 77002
Telephone: (713) 718-8271
A party who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation may appeal through the applicable grievance policy beginning at the appropriate level. See DGBA(LOCAL) for employees, FLD(LOCAL) for students, and GB(LOCAL) for community members. These policies are available at https://www.hccs.edu/about-hcc/policies/.
A party shall be informed of his or her right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.