Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services has compiled a
list of resources that may be valuable to students, prospective students,
faculty, and family members. We hope you enjoy these sites and find them
DSS has provided links to third party
information not affiliated with the College. Harford Community College does not
endorse any of these sites, nor the information or merchandise contained or
offered by these sites. Harford Community College cannot make any warranties as
to the accuracy, reliability or security of any information you might be
requested to give any third party and, in no event shall the College be liable
for any damages whatsoever.
Asperger Syndrome Coalition of United States, Inc. (ASC-U.S.)
A national nonprofit organization committed to providing the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on social and communication disorders, with particular focus on Asperger syndrome and related disorders.
Autism Society of America
The mission of the Autism Society of America is to promote lifelong access and opportunities for persons within the autism spectrum and their families to be fully included, participating members of their communities through advocacy, public awareness, education, and research related to autism.
Accessibility information about Microsoft Products
At Microsoft, we strive to build technology for everyone. Accessible technology enables opportunity for people of all abilities—including those with
difficulties, impairments, and disabilities—to scale new heights and achieve goals they never thought possible.
Apple has been committed to helping people with disabilities access their
personal computer. Apple's commitment to accessibility is evident throughout
the Mac OS X operating system which is by design, easy to use, but also
includes a wide variety of features and technologies specifically designed
to provide accessibility to users with disabilities.
Maryland Technology Assistance Program
The Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MD TAP) provides tools to help people who are disabled or
elderly enjoy the same rights and opportunities as other citizens.
Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD)
ADDA: Attention Deficit Disorder Association
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is
a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide information, resources, and networking to adults with AD/HD and
the professionals who work with them.
Children and Adult ADD/HD (CHADD)
The organization is composed of dedicated volunteers from around the country who play an integral part in the association's success by providing resources
and encouragement to parents, educators and professionals on a grassroots level through CHADD chapters.
Chapter of CHADD
Provides resources and support for individuals with
AD/HD and their family members living in the Greater Baltimore area.
Brain Injury Association of USA
The Brain Injury Association
of America (BIAA) is the leading national organization serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering,
often devastating, traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Brain Injury Association of Maryland
BIAM is the Maryland state affiliate of BIAA.
National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke: TBI
mission of the NINDS is to reduce the burden of neurological disease - a
burden bourne by every age group, by every segement of society, by people
all over the world. This information sheet provides details about
Traumatic Brain Injury.
Career Services at HCC
Information about Harford Community College's Career Services
Bender Consulting Services, Inc.
Providing consulting in information technology and creating employment
opportunities for all people with abilities.
Entry Point!, a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offers
outstanding summer internships and semester co-ops in major companies throughout the United States. Entry Point! is available to students with disabilities majoring in science, engineering, mathematics,
and some business fields.
Job Accommodation Network
A free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with
disabilities by providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and educating callers about
program designed to help individuals with disabilities explore career
interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully maintain employment.
JobTIPS addresses the social and behavioral differences that might make
identifying, obtaining, and keeping a job more difficult for an individual
with a disability.
Monster.com Diversity and Inclusion
This job search engine finds job postings from employers that
are actively seeking qualified diversity candidates.
National Business and Disability Council's Resume Database
Graduating students, new and old persons with
disabilities who hold postsecondary degrees are invited to register their resumes with the NBDC. There is no charge to list your resume.
The Work Site - Employment Support for People with Disabilities (Social Security Online)
The Work Site strives to
promote the employment of Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities by designing policies that make work pay, promoting research and program innovation, educating the public about programs and services
that facilitate entry into the workforce, and partnering with other public and private groups to remove employment barriers for people with disabilities.
The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities
The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a resource to connect public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and
recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workforce. Employers seek to fill both temporary and permanent positions in a variety of fields.
Federal Communications Commission: Disability Etiquette
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. This site provides excellent etiquette tips on general etiquette, sensitivity to blindness and visual impairments, and interacting with people with speech disabilities.
United Spinal Association: Disability Etiquette
United Spinal Association was founded in 1946 by veterans with spinal cord injuries to help enable members, as well as others with disabilities, to lead full and productive lives. You don't have to feel awkward when dealing with a person who has a disability. This booklet provides some basic tips for you to follow. And if you are ever unsure about what to do or say with a person who has a disability, just ask!
Disability Information: General
Disability History Museum
The Disability History Museum's mission is to promote understanding about the historical experience of people with disabilities by recovering, chronicling, and interpreting their stories. Our goal is to help foster a deeper understanding of disability and to dispel lingering myths, assumptions, and stereotypes by examining these cultural legacies.
Maryland Department of Disabilities
Advancing the rights and interests of people with disabilities so they may fully
participate in their communities.
National Organization on Disability
The mission of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) is to expand the
participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children
with disabilities in all aspects of life.
We Connect Now
We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting college
students with disabilities in access to higher education and employment
Disability Information: Postsecondary Environment
Association of Disability and Higher Education (AHEAD)
AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education. As an international resource, AHEAD values diversity, personal growth and development, and creativity, promotes leadership and exemplary practices, provides professional development and disseminates information and orchestrates resources through partnership and collaboration.
CAHEAD Capitol AHEAD
Coalition" is a network of disability support service providers from colleges
and universities in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
DO-IT Center (Disability, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology)
DO-IT serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment.
The George Washington University HEATH Resource Center:
National Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities
The HEATH Resource Center of The George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Support from the U.S. Department of Education enables the clearinghouse to serve as an information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities.
Maryland State Department of Education Postsecondary Disability Support Fact
This publication was developed by MSDE to assist students with
disabilities in transitioning from high school to college.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Village
The Family Village is a web site for children and adults with disabilities,
their families, and their friends and allies. Family Village brings together
thousands of online resources in a organized, easy-to-use directory.
Teaching Strategies for Students with Hearing Impairments
PEPNet, the Postsecondary Education Programs Network, is the national collaboration of the four Regional Postsecondary Education Centers for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
National Association of the Deaf
The mission of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is to promote, protect, and preserve the rights and quality of life of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.
Postsecondary Education Programs Network (PEPNet)
PEPNet is the national collaboration of the four Regional Postsecondary Education Centers for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Centers are supported by contracts with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. The goal of PEPNet is to assist postsecondary institutions across the nation to attract and effectively serve individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
International Travel and more
Accessible Travel Source
Access-Able Travel Source is dedicated to aiding travelers with disabilities
and the mature traveler.
Disability World is a new web-zone dedicated to advancing an exchange of information and research about the international independent living movement of people with disabilities.
Independent Living's "Study and Work Abroad for All"
A catalogue of information about studying and training abroad at universities in Europe, North America and other parts of the world, including information for people with disabilities.
Mobility International USA
Mobility International USA works to
empower people with disabilities around the world through international exchange and international development to achieve their human rights.
International Dyslexia Association
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a non-profit, scientific, and
educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia,
as well as related language based learning differences.
LD Online seeks to
help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and
up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.
Disabilities Association of Maryland
LDA-MD is a volunteer organization
dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals with learning
disabilities and their families through awareness, advocacy, education, service,
and collaborative efforts
Connect to better health. Information,
statistics, and treatment options for bipolar disorder
National Institute of Mental Health
The NIMH mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior. This public health mandate demands that we harness powerful scientific tools to achieve better understanding, treatment, and eventually, prevention of these disabling conditions that affect millions of Americans.
The Bookshare.org library provides print disabled people in
the United States with legal access to over 37,100 books and 150 periodicals
that are converted to Braille, large print or digital formats for text to speech
Learning Ally's materials are for all people
who cannot effectively read standard print because of a visual, perceptual or
other physical disability.
College Preparation Resources for Students
The DO-IT resources can help students with disabilities prepare for college, succeed in college, and successfully transition from two-year to four-year postsecondary institutions.
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education is providing this
information to explain the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools. This
publication also explains the obligations of a postsecondary school to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services, to ensure the school does not discriminate on the basis of disability.
Service Dogs and Other Special Animal Relationships Links
The links listed on the website explain what a service dog is and how it is distinguished from a dog that merely does good deeds. Some of the links will lead to help in locating or training service dogs, others explain the rules on access rights for people using service animals.
Guide Dogs: FAQ and Etiquette
Guide Dogs for the Blind provide enhanced mobility to qualified individuals through partnership with dogs whose unique skills are developed and nurtured by dedicated volunteers and a professional staff.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Blind Industries and Services of Maryland
Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM) provides innovative
rehabilitation services, training and stable employment opportunities to our
state's citizens who are blind or visually impaired.
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is two-fold—to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by