If you are a student with a disability that impacts your success in the classroom, this web site is designed to inform you about the basic services offered by this department. Our staff is dedicated to the mission of serving our students.
In order to receive accommodations from the Disability Support Services (DSS) Office, you must provide documentation verifying eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Although specific documentation requirements vary depending on the type of disability, the following guidelines apply:
- Documentation must indicate which major life activity or activities your disability
affects. It must include a diagnosis of the disability or condition and explain any
limitations you may have.
- Documentation must be recent in order to reflect the current impact of the disability
on the individual's academic performance.
- Documentation should indicate the accommodations that are appropriate for your particular
disability. If you request accommodations that are not substantiated in your documentation,
we may request additional documentation that indicates that the accommodation you
are requesting is reasonable. If you sign an Information Release form, we may be
able to obtain the additional information we need. If further testing is needed,
you are responsible for scheduling and paying for the testing.
- If you are taking medications related to your disability, your documentation should include information about how the medication affects your ability to sleep, attend class, concentrate, etc.
Accommodations can not be granted retroactively. They are applicable from the date the eligible student registers with the DSS office and presents his or her accommodations notification letter to the instructor of record.
If you received services in high school, you should have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 plan. While these are tools we can use to help determine appropriate accommodations, they are not considered adequate documentation. These tools should be included with your documentation, but the documentation itself will need to be provided by a licensed professional.
If you have been diagnosed with a learning disability, do not have thorough documentation, and it seems evident that you would benefit from accommodations, you may receive services on a provisional basis for one semester. Provisional services are granted on a case-by-case basis.
How to Register with DSS
Disclosure of a disability is voluntary. If you have a disability that you may need services, accommodations or access, please follow these four easy steps:
- Make an appointment with the Disability Support Services ( DSS) coordinator or advisor on the campus you will be attending.
- Submit current documentation from a qualified professional to support disability claim prior to meeting with DSS coordinator or advisor.
- Complete intake process at the meeting with advisor.
- Request services each term ( Minimum of 3 weeks’ notice) through DSS office.
Accommodations & Services
When a student meets for an intake interview with the campus Disability Support Services Manager, the disability related documentation will be reviewed to determine which accommodations and/or services are appropriate. Please note - in compliance with Section 504 and the ADA, the College is not responsible for providing personal services (personal attendants, typing, readers for personal use, transportation) or individually prescribed devices. Accommodations include, but are not limited to:
- Priority registration
- Note taking assistance
- Extended time for testing
- Readers and/or scribes
- Adaptive technology
- Reduced course load
- Sign Language interpreter services
- TABE waiver
Disability related information is treated under strict rules of confidentiality. The Office of Disability Support Services will not release documentation or the exact nature of the disability without the student's permission.
Contact & Location Info
Belle Glade - CRA 1053
Michael Shatara, Student Development Outreach Advisor
Boca Raton - AD 135
Topeka Zigler, Disability Support Services Advisor
Phone: 561-862-4314 | Fax: 561-862-4320
Lake Worth - CT 111
Jelecia Kirk, Disability Support Services Manager
Phone: 561-868-3046 | Fax: 561-868-3047
Loxahatchee Groves - LGA 103
John Maloney, Student Development & Disability Support Advisor
Palm Beach Gardens - BR 131
John J Kiefer, Disability Support Services Manager
Phone: 561-207-5346 | Fax: 561-207-5347
District - SCA 132
Dr. Kathleen S. Karran-McCoy, Dean of Student Development & Ombudsperson
Phone: 561-868-3375 | Fax: 561-868-3141
The Office of Disability Support Services is committed to providing an equal educational opportunity for all qualified students with disabilities, in compliance with federal and state statutes. We commit, as well, to ensuring that the integrity of all college standards and requirements is maintained.