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AACC is committed to helping all students achieve their dreams for education, career and personal enrichment.

AACC’s Disability Support Services is here to make sure you have access to every opportunity available for your education and to fully participate in college life. Our services include:

  • Note takers, readers and/or scribes.
  • Testing accomodations.
  • Books in alternative format.
  • Sign language interpreters.
  • Amplification systems.
  • Computers equipped with software: Dragon Dictate, (voice recognition system for dictation), Zoom Text (system for enlarging test), Kurzweil Reader (system for scanning and producing text verbally), JAWS (computer screen reader).
  • Special parking areas equipped with curb cuts and ramps located close to classroom buildings (license tags for those with disabilities are obtained through the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).
  • TTY (telecommunications device for the deaf and hearing impaired).
  • Maryland Relay (800-735-2258 or 711).
  • CCTV (text enlarger).

Accessing Disability Support Services

All students will need to provide documentation of their disability to AACC and then meet with a Disability Support Services advisor.

Step 1: Make an Appointment

Make an appointment with a DSS advisor by calling 410-777-1411. At least four days before your appointment, submit your disability documentation by email to DSS@aacc.edu, or drop it off at the DSS office. Eligibility for accommodations and services from the Disability Support Services (DSS) office will be established when the student presents documentation of a disability. 

Step 2: Prepare Documentation of Eligibility

Have your psychiatrist, psychologist, and/or diagnosing physician submit a comprehensive evaluation report that diagnoses your disability along with the Disability Verification Form and submit it to the address indicated on the form. 

They will be required to provide documentation that:

  • Confirms diagnosis of your disability.
  • Describes the difficulties and functional limitations in an educational setting because of your disability.
  • Indicates the severity and longevity of the condition.
  • Offers recommendations for treatment. 

Be sure the psychiatrist, psychologist or diagnosing physician is certified in the field of your disability and can be objective and relevant to the disability for which you are self-identifying. Challenges to the documentation will be made if a relative, immediate family member or friend of the family has conducted the evaluation.

If a comprehensive evaluation report that diagnoses your disability is not available, we still will require a completed Disability Verification Form from your psychiatrist, psychologist, and/or diagnosing physician.

If you do not have documentation and do not have a resource for evaluation, call 410-777-2307, option 3, to make an appointment with the DSS office. The advisors there can help with evaluation referral resources.

Step 3: Submit Supporting Documentation

If you have secondary school information, such as an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan, email that information to DSS@aacc.edu or drop it off at the DSS office.

Is documentation current and complete?

Written documentation and verification, including diagnosis of the disability and the appropriate tests administered, must be less than three years old so the DSS staff can make the necessary decisions regarding accommodations. The nature of the disability will dictate the longevity of the documentation.

If the information is not a comprehensive evaluation or if the documentation is inadequate, a Disability Verification Form will be provided to the student and/or sent to the physician or other certified professional clinician to be completed and returned to DSS. 

Step 4: Meet with a DSS Advisor

Your Disability Support Services advisor can explain the accommodations and/or services available to you. You also will be provided an accommodation form, after your appointment.

Step 5: Complete Accommodation Forms

Once you receive your accommodation forms from your Disability Support Services advisor, be sure to have both your professor and a Testing Center representative sign and date them.

Step 6: Renewing Accommodations

Students will need to renew their accommodation form request term by completing the Accommodations Renewal form.


Tuition Waivers

Learn more about Tuition Waivers for Disabled Students.

Questions?

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Disability Support Services

410-777-1411

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Read our full policy: 
Disability Support Services Policies and Procedures.

Ask in Person

Disability Support Services

Student Services Center Building (SSVC) Room 200
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012

Our People

Courtney Sales, program manager
410-777-2306
cjsales@aacc.edu 

Mira Wachs, specialist
mawachs@aacc.edu 

Kelly Sweeny, specialist
410-777-2165
klsweeny@aacc.edu

Roberta Durrington, academic advisor
410-777-1815
rcdurrington@aacc.edu