HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE ABILITY SERVICES AT NORTHWEST Prepared and presented by Lisa Parkinson Welcome to HCC and Ability Services What do you need to do first? 1. Apply for Admissions at https://www.hccs.edu/ 2. Submit high school transcript to HCC 3. Provide proof of Meningitis Immunization or complete the exemption 4. Apply for Financial Aid (optional) 5. Complete Checklist items https://www.hccs.edu/applying-and-paying/first-time-in-college-student/

(ADA) The Americans with Disability Act The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities that are like those provided to individuals on the basis of race, sex, national origin, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications. Disabilities defined

Disabilities can be temporary or permanent. Disabilities can improve or worsen over time. Disabilities are not uniformed. Disabilities vary in how they impact individuals. Disabilities are not necessarily synonymous with success or failure in school and/or life. Students with disabilities must identify and register with

the ADA office if they wish to receive accommodations. Accommodations for TSI If you need accommodations for the test you must see an Ability Services Counselor at HCC Schedule an appointment for intake and bring documentation of the disability/diagnosis You must obtain a testing form from Advising, Triage, or Ability Services Counselor Student Rights

Students with disabilities have rights to equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities available through HCC. Students with disabilities have the right to reasonable and appropriate accommodations and services as determined on an individual basis. Students with disabilities have the right to information in accessible formats.

Students with disabilities have the right to appropriate confidentiality of all information pertaining to their disability with the choice of who to disclose their disability to except as required by law. Student Responsibilities Students with disabilities have the responsibility to provide acceptable documentation of their disability and to register with Ability Services (ADA Office) if they would like to receive accommodations. Students must request a new accommodation letter each semester and provide updated documentation if required.

Students must provide the accommodation letter to the instructor, preferably at the beginning of the semester, to receive accommodations in class. Accommodations are not retroactive. Students must meet the academic standards and code of conduct established by the instructor and/or college. Standards are not lowered to ensure academic success. Requesting Accommodations Students self identify Prior to the start of classes schedule a meeting with an Ability Services Counselor for the college where your classes are held You will complete an electronic Intake

Rights and Responsibilities, Consent for Services, and Personal data Bring an Evaluation or letter from a physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist. The most recent ARD is helpful with the Evaluation. https://www.hccs.edu/support-services/disability-services/student-resources/ What Rights do Instructors Have? Instructors have the right to confirm a students request for accommodations and to ask for clarification about a specific accommodation with Ability Services. Instructors have the right to enforce the HCC student code of conduct in their class with ALL students.

Instructors have the right to make sure ALL students meet essential program/ course requirements as students are not entitled to accommodations that eliminate, modify, or fundamentally alter the course requirements. Instructors do not have the right to refuse to provide an accommodation or to review a students documentation including diagnostic data. What Responsibilities do Instructors Have? Instructors have a responsibility to work with Ability Services (ADA Office) in providing reasonable accommodations to students as soon as they receive the accommodation letter.

Instructors must keep all records and communications with students confidential and refer a student to Ability Services who requests accommodations but is not currently registered. Instructors do not have to provide accommodations for students not registered with the ADA office.

Evaluate students on their abilities, not their disabilities. Types of Accommodations for Access* Extended time for testing Use of testing center Audio record class lectures

Note taking assistance Assistive technology Interpreting/CART Services *Accommodations are not a guarantee for college success Accommodations using Other Assistive Technologies: Onscreen keyboard: low vision, mobility, cognitive many uses Keyguard: overlays keyboard CCTV video magnifier for low vision

Hearing Assist dog Recording device ASL video phone Sight Guide Dog Braille notetaker: Blind, low vision Computer software Different size/style chair: mobility, other

uses Livescribe pen: mobility, cognitive, many uses Letter of Accommodation (example) What do I do with the letter? The counselor will create the letter, you sign it, and it is emailed to your preferred email address You email the letter to your instructors or you print and provide a hard copy at the start of

the semester Provide a copy to the testing center if applicable What if I have Questions or Problems? Be sure to contact the Ability Services counselor as soon as possible Be ready to explain what is happening or what accommodations are not being met The counselor will contact the instructor Ability Services Contacts Central College

713.718.6164 Coleman College 713-718-7376 Northeast College 713-718-8322 Northwest College 713-718-5422 713-718-5408 Southeast College 713-718-7144 Southwest College 713-718-7910 713-718-6857

Adaptive Equipment/Assistive Technology 713-718-6629 713-718-5604 Interpreting and CART services 713-718-6333 Counselor or Advisor? Who do I talk to? Counselors see students on academic probation or academic suspension. Counselors meet with student with personal problems. Counselors see students by appointment.

ADA Counselors provide accommodations. ______________________________________________ Advisors answer questions about grades, degree plans, graduation, etc.. Can schedule appointment to speak with your assigned Advisor. QUESTIONS? Resources Ability Services at HCC: https://www.hccs.edu/support-services/disability-services/ U.S. Department of Education: https:// www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html

ADA Law: https://www.ada.gov/cguide.htm and https://www.ada.gov/

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