Disability Access Services
Disability Access Services (DAS) at FCC assists and supports eligible students with disabilities. Student services may include academic advising, individualized accommodation plans, transition coaching, as well as workshops and programs. Students will be empowered to become self-advocates in order to achieve individual success at FCC and beyond. DAS provides community outreach and collaborates with agencies and resources to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities. Please call to schedule an appointment.
Transitioning from high school to college
DAS is the first stop for information and assistance to support students with disabilities. We strive to reduce the impact of a disability on a student’s opportunity to learn and participate in College life. Students who self-identify and provide appropriate documentation of a disability are eligible for reasonable accommodations as described in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act and amendments.
We encourage students to actively participate in managing their educational success and to meet with DAS staff as early as possible to ensure adequate time to put accommodations into place.
• Academic Advising
• Individualized Accommodation Plans (Student Success Plans)
• Appointments for academic coaching, case management, and as-needed touch base meetings
• Student Success Alert Program
• Assistive Technology
• Bess and Frank Gladhill Learning Commons and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Learning Center (tutoring and writing center services available to all enrolled students)
• Wednesday Getting Connected Club for students (offered in fall semester)
FCC facilities include handicapped parking spaces (permit required), physically accessible restrooms, elevator access in buildings, and various forms of assistive technology available to eligible students upon request through the DAS office.
Steps to Obtain Disability Services
Step One: Initial DAS Meeting
If you are interested in pursuing post-secondary options or are already enrolled at FCC but in need of accommodations, you should schedule an appointment with DAS staff at your earliest convenience. At this meeting we will discuss the nature of the reported disability and its impact on learning, the process of receiving accommodations at FCC, and the types of accommodations available.
Please bring copies of current documentation of a disability to this meeting.
Documentation must be provided by a medical expert within the last three years and include:
• a diagnosis of the disability;
• how the diagnosis was determined (what tests were given and the results); and
• a clinical summary which includes an assessment of how the disability will impact the individual in a college environment and what accommodations are recommended.
Step Two: Request for Initial Services
DAS will review placement test results and other school records to help students plan their course schedule. If eligible, a Student Success Plan (SSP), an accommodation plan, will be developed to address the specific courses for which they are planning to enroll. This plan must be renewed each semester. Staff are available during the semester to assist with ongoing accommodation needs or issues. Please contact our office with any questions or concerns. Timing is important. An accommodation plan should be presented to instructors as early in the semester as possible. This will allow for a dialog between the student and instructor.
Step Three: Ongoing Services
Each semester students must meet with DAS staff for advising and renewal of their SSP accommodations. This enables us to monitor student progress, as well as determine if accommodations are successful.
Sign Language Interpreting Services
The Coordinator of Interpreting Services is the primary point of contact for the provision of interpreting services for scheduled classes, labs, tutorial sessions, and College-sponsored events or academic activities. The Coordinator works cooperatively with faculty, staff, and disabilities specialists to maintain effective communication regarding student needs and the implementation of services.
Traci Lowrey, CI/CT
Coordinator, Interpreting Services
Annapolis Hall, A-105D
Email: [email protected]
Requesting Interpreting Services
Students must identify themselves to the Disability Access Services (DAS) department. The student will receive an Interpreter Request Form and an Interpreting Services Agreement. Forms can be returned in person in Annapolis Hall, A105, or electronically to [email protected]. The Interpreter Request Form must be submitted to the Coordinator at least two weeks prior to the first day of class or activity. Once classes have been paid for, or arrangements for payment have been made, the Coordinator will begin to fill the request. We strive to accommodate all requests; however, those received less than two weeks in advance cannot be guaranteed.
One-time and special requests can be made by contacting the Coordinator at [email protected]. Please provide five business days’ notice, when possible. Requests received with less than five business days’ notice cannot be guaranteed.
Interested in interning with FCC’s Interpreting Department? Qualified applicants work with one or more interpreters from the interpreting department to facilitate communication with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, employees, and visitors on campus with a mentor. The Sign Language Interpreter intern interprets for academic courses (both credit and Continuing Education), campus activities/events, and miscellaneous assignments for the College. Hours will vary each semester depending upon the interpreting needs of the College.
If you are interested, please CLICK HERE to fill out the google application form. Submissions will be reviewed, and applicants will be notified regarding next steps.
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY & EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTIONS
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY - DETERMINING WHAT MIGHT BE HELPFUL
TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
GENERAL DISABILITIES RESOURCES
POLICY & LEGAL RESOURCES
EMPLOYMENT FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Web Resources for Persons with Disabilities
Frederick County Resources for Adults with Disabilities
Types of Disabilities
1. Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
• Maryland Psychological Association Directory of Referrals (ADHD Testing)
• ADHD Basics
• ADDA Association
• Children and Adults with ADHD
2. Learning Disabilities (LD):
• Maryland Psychological Association Directory of Referrals/(LD Testing)
• LD Online - Guide To Post-Secondary Education
• Learning Disabilities Association
• The International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
3. Acquired Brain Injury
• Brain Injury Association
• Acquired Brain Injury
• National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
4. Psychological Resources
• Maryland Psychological Association
• APHA-American Public Health Association
• MHA Mental Health America Mental Health Net
• National Alliance on Mental Illness
• Anxiety and Depression Association of America Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
5. Developmental Disabilities
• Developmental Disabilities Administration
• Maryland Developmental Disabilities Counsel
• National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS Hydrocephalus Information Page)
6. Sensory Impairments
• American Foundation for the Blind
• National Federation of the Blind
• Hearing Impairments: National Association of the Deaf
• Hearing Loss Association of America
• American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
7. Mobility Impairments
• Working Together: Computers and People With Mobility Impairments
• Disabled World
8. Health Issues (Chronic)
• National Institute on Drug Abuse
• The CFIDS Association of America (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome)
• Fibromyalgia Network
• Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
• Maryland Technology Assistance Program
• National Center on Accessible Information Technology Education
• Public Transit in Frederick County for Persons with Disabilities Accessibility Features
• Maryland Transit Administration –Accessibility
• Kennedy Krieger Institute - Patient Care, School Programs, Research and Professional Training
• Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
• US Department of Justice -ADA-Service Animals
• Job Accommodation Network - ADA Library
• Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
• ADA Information Line
• National Council on Disabilities
• Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
• U.S. Department of Justice ADA Regulations
For more information or to request accommodations, please call 301.846.2408 or email [email protected], well in advance of registration for classes. If requesting sign language interpreting services, please contact the Coordinator of Interpreting Services, at [email protected] Please send requests at least two weeks before classes begin or five working days before an event/program.
Notice of Non-Discrimination and Contact Information
• Department of Labor – Office of Disability Employment Policy
• Job Accommodation Network
Frederick Community College is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and strictly prohibits discrimination against any person on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religious affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its activities, admissions, educational programs, and employment.
All members of the College community are expected to abide by this non-discrimination policy and to comply with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA), and amendments.