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Accessibility Services

The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) provides accommodations, education, consultation and advocacy support for qualified students with disabilities at Hood College.  

Getting Started with the Office of Accessibility Services  

If you need disability accommodations while at Hood College, you'll be working with the staff at the Office of Accessibility Services. Our office works cooperatively with other College departments to provide accommodations for students' academic and residential settings.  

Requesting Academic Accommodations at Hood College 

Hood College provides academic accommodations for students to ensure equal access. These accommodations are provided with guidance from Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the Fair Housing Act, and other applicable federal and state regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. 

Under these laws, students with a documented disability have a right to receive reasonable accommodations.  

Respond to requests for information from Office of accessibility Services 

Occasionally the Office of Accessibility Services will need more information from you or your medical provider to determine your eligibility for accommodations. A prompt response will ensure that the Office of Accessibility Services can evaluate your documentation and determine your eligibility for accommodations as soon as possible. 

Once enrolled, all emailed communication is sent to the student Hood email only. We look forward to working with you!

Prospective Students can contact the Office of Accessibility Services during the enrollment process to request a meeting or to ask questions. Documentation is not requested and will not be kept by the Office of Accessibility Services until admitted and enrolled as a student at Hood College. 

Disclosing your disability in the application process is not required. Applying for academic accommodations is a separate and confidential process through the Office of Accessibility Services office. 

If reasonable accommodations are needed during the admissions process, including ASL Interpreters, accessible documentation (i.e. Braille) or for mobility concerns, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at AccessibilityServices@hood.edu.  You can also request your Hood College Admissions Counselor contact the Office of Accessibility Services. 

 

A New Student is considered a first-year, transfer or current student that is enrolled and has never received accommodations at Hood College: 

In order to ensure you have accommodations in place when you begin classes, we recommend that you complete the Office of Accessibility registration form and submit documentation to the Office of Accessibility Services immediately after you are admitted to Hood College. 

Please allow two to four (2-4) weeks for the Office of Accessibility Services registration and review process before requesting accommodations for the first time. 

  • Submit an Office of Accessibility Services registration form 

  • Review the Guidelines for Disability Documentation 

  • Submit required documentation to the Office of Accessibility Services 

  • Respond to any requests made by the Office of Accessibility Services (Communication is sent to a student’s Hood email only once enrolled) 

  • Review the Office of Accessibility Services accommodations Timeline for Service Requests 

  • Complete an Office of Accessibility Services First Meeting 

  • Review Student Responsibilities Section 

A Current Student is considered to be a student that has received accommodations at Hood College:

  • Renewal form for Academic Accommodations 

  • Review the Office of Accessibility Services accommodations Timeline for Service Requests 

  • Request a meeting with the Office of Accessibility Services to change academic accommodation plan 

  • Housing Accommodation Request

After your documentation has been reviewed and approved you will be emailed and asked to schedule a mandatory first meeting with an Office of Accessibility Services staff member.  

During this orientation you will learn how to request accommodations each term using Office of Accessibility Service Renewal form, get connected with the Office of Accessibility Services staff, as well as other academic support staff in the Center for Academic Achievement and Retention (CAAR), learn about the Office of Accessibility Services policies and procedures and have an opportunity to have your questions answered. 

Please schedule your first meeting by calling the Office of Accessibility Services/Center for Academic Achievement and Retention (CAAR) front desk at 301-696-3569 or by email at AccessibilityServices@hood.edu. 

Office of Accessibility Services
Phone: 301-696-3569
Email: accessibilityservices@hood.edu
Fax: 301-696-3952