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Disability Support Services at Anne Arundel Community College exists to ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in educational and co-curricular offerings. We do this by providing reasonable and ethical accommodations consistent with ADA guidelines using an individualized, student-centered approach and modeling best practices through training, collaboration and engagement.
Accommodations and services may include:
All students must provide documentation of their disability to AACC and then meet with a Disability Support Services specialist.
Our office continues to provide support and services remotely.
Complete the New Student Accommodation Request
Documentation of your disability should be submitted three to four days prior to your appointment. Submit your disability documentation on Accommodate, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off at the DSS office in SUN 140.
Have your psychiatrist, psychologist and/or diagnosing physician provide you with a comprehensive evaluation report that diagnoses your disability, or have them complete the Disability Verification Form.
They will be required to provide documentation that:
An IEP or 504 plan may also be accepted.*
Accommodations and services from the DSS office will be established after documentation is presented and the intake process is complete. If you do not have documentation and do not have a resource for evaluation, call 410-777-1411 or email DSS@aacc.edu. A DSS specialists can provide you with evaluation referral resources.
*Note: Your high school does not submit any documentation to DSS on your behalf.
To make an appointment with a DSS specialist, email DSS@aacc.edu, or visit Bookings.
Together with a DSS specialist, you will discuss accommodations and/or services available to you.
You will receive an official decision letter and instructions for your next steps.
Once you have completed your accommodation request for the term, a DSS staff member will email letters of accommodation to your professors. You will also receive a summary email to your college email account.
Continuing students must renew their accommodation requests each term by logging on to Accommodate with their AACC credentials. When prompted, select ‘Student’ and follow the process to renew accommodations for the current or upcoming term.
The placement test is NOT timed, and students can use a calculator for the math portion. Only those students who have a documented need for tests to be read aloud (stated specifically on their IEP/psycho-education evaluation report and directly related to a reading disability) need an accommodation from the DSS office for the placement test. Contact DSS for large print or Braille Accuplacer.
Follow Steps 1-4 as outlined in the Accessing Disability Support Services section of this page to secure accommodations for your placement test.
Schedule a DSS appointment after you have completed the placement tests and registered for classes. A 30-day notice is advised to ensure accommodations such as books in alternative formats, enlarged print and sign language interpreters are in place by the beginning of the term.
The specific documentation depends on the nature of your disability. If you had an IEP or 504 plan in high school, you will need to bring a copy of the documentation along with a copy of your most recent psycho-education evaluation report. Other documentation includes the Disability Verification Form found under Step 2 of the Accessing Disability Support Services section of this page.
Accommodations are determined based on documentation submitted and student input.
When you come to AACC, the services we offer might look different than what you were used to in high school. The table below explains the differences.
Services are provided under IDEA or Section 504.
Accommodations are provided under ADA and Section 504.
IEP is mandated and followed.
High school IEP ends. There is no IEP at the college level.
Parents are involved actively in the planning and decision-making process.
Student is considered an adult and must advocate for him/herself. Parent involvement is limited.
School districts are responsible for identifying and evaluating disability at no cost to the student or family.
Student must self-identify and provide appropriate current documentation based on college’s requirements. The college is not responsible for the payment of evaluations.
Parents sign documents for student.
Student signs all documents.
High school personnel have the responsibility to try to modify inappropriate behavior caused by the disability into appropriate behavior.
Student is responsible for his/her own behavior; inappropriate behavior is not tolerated.
Tests and questions often are modified or shortened.
Colleges provide equal access, not modifications.
Special educators inform teachers about a student’s accommodation needs.
Student needs to talk to his/her teachers about accommodation needs.
Student is scheduled to see resource personnel on a routine basis.
Student must initiate requests.