Disability Support Services
Frequently Asked Questions
When do I contact Disability Support Services?
New students should contact Disability Support Services (DSS) at least one month
prior to the semester in which they will be attending. Returning
students should contact our office prior to the beginning of classes for the new
How do I provide documentation of my disability?
Current documentation needs to be presented to
DSS. Please keep a personal copy of all documentation you submit to DSS.
DSS does not release copies of documentation back to students or send
documentation to other institutions. This documentation should not
be included with the college application. Additional information about
documentation may be found
Is documentation about my disability confidential?
Yes. FERPA laws protect the confidentiality of information concerning
disabilities. Only the personnel working in DSS have
access to disability-related information.
What are the procedures for obtaining accommodations?
First, you will need to contact DSS and let them know you need
assistance/accommodations. It will then be necessary to complete an
orientation to DSS and bring in current
Next, you will need to contact DSS to make sure your documentation was reviewed
and to set up an appointment to receive accommodation memos. Please allow
one week between providing DSS with your documentation and scheduling an
accommodation appointment. Once you receive your memos, take them to your
instructor and ask to schedule a time to speak with them privately. For
more information, see the Guide for Students
I am a Veteran with a
disability. What should I do to receive my benefits?
GI Bill benefits are not handled through our office, but rather are handled
by Ms. Barb Travers.
If you are interested in receiving instructional accommodations for a
contact us to see how we can help you be successful at Harford. For
more resources available to Veterans, please click
What should I do if I believe I was entitled to
The accommodation process is an interactive one. Consult with your
Student Development Specialist in Disability Support Services if you have
questions or concerns about the accommodations or services you believe you are
eligible to receive. Try to participate fully in the process and exercise
all due diligence in ensuring that the Student Development Specialist is aware
of your needs.
DSS provides for the equitable resolution of complaints by
students with disabilities alleging a violation of their rights under the ADA
and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Harford Community College has established informal and formal
grievance procedures to resolve differences regarding disability related
accommodations. To read the Grievance Procedures,
For more information, please call the office of Disability
Support Services at 443-412-2402 or TTY 443-412-2199.