Ability Services Department
Houston Community College is committed to providing an accessible and supportive environment for students with disabilities. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Disability Support Services at each college within the Houston Community College District is responsible for arranging reasonable accommodations for all qualified students with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.). Students who need to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact Disability Services at the respective college. It is recommended that students meet with an ADA Counselor at least 60 days prior to the beginning of each term. Faculty are authorized to provide only the accommodations requested by the ADA Counselor.
The Ability Service Department is the disability support services office at Central College. This department also includes Interpreting and CART Services and both assist students with physical, learning, or emotional disabilities in developing independence and self-reliance.
Students with Disabilities are urged to contact the Ability Services Department at least 30-60 days prior to the first day of class. Students are required to provide documentation of their disabilities in order to obtain the following services:
- Placement testing with reasonable accommodation, if needed.
- Reasonable classroom accommodations.
- Referral to agencies such as the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Mental Health mental Retardation Agency of Harris County (MHMRA)), etc.
- Textbooks on tape from Learning Ally;
- Specialized adaptive equipment to address specific disabilities.
- E Z Access Lab available for students with disabilities and those who require adaptive computer equipment, LHSB #102.
- Students need to notify us 30-60 days in advance if they will be needing a sign language interpreter or CART services.
Our goal is to ensure that students with disabilities get off to a good start and have the support necessary for them to succeed. Whether you are a student with a disability, or a faculty member working with a student with a disability, we look forward to assisting you. We are committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.