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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.on the basis of disability. 

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. 

Hours of Operation
Office of Accessibility Services is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. year round

 

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

Foreign Language Substitution Policy and Guidelines 

In some cases, students with documented learning disabilities or other health impairments (e.g. vision or hearing) will not be required to take foreign language classes; they will be offered a substitution option. This is not an “exemption” or waiver of credit requirements. Instead, these students will be required to take other courses to meet the foreign language requirement and fulfill credit requirements for graduation. 

In order to qualify for a foreign language substitution, a student must have completed a comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation within the last 3 years (or during 9th to 12th grade).  The results must address the student’s ability to successfully complete a foreign language course, specifically 

Required Documentation: 

  • Comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation (completed by a psychologist) 

  • Comprehensive evaluation and report completed by an audiologist or ophthalmologist 

**An IEP or 504 (or private school accommodation plan) may be provided, but a student must have one of the above documents submitted for the request to be considered. If an IEP or 504 are submitted with no other documentation, the request will not be reviewed. ** 

The Office of Accessibility Services will review all documentation in order to determine whether a student request will be approved.   

Timeline for Requests 

Request and approval must be made during the Summer (once the student has an assigned academic advisor), Fall or Spring of their 1st year. 

Exceptions:  

  1. Transfer students entering with sophomore standing. 

  1. Students who have received a new diagnosis made with current testing that would allow a student with sophomore or junior standing to be considered. In the case of a junior standing, the possibility of a student’s graduation date changing would be discussed if applicable.  

A student that transfers in with an A.A. degree does not need to meet the foreign language core requirement.  

Process students must follow: 

  1. Student contacts the Office of Accessibility Services, completes Part 1 of form and submits all required documentation. 

  1. Office of Accessibility Services will send a documentation confirmation email to the student when Part 1 form request and all required documentation is received. 

  1. Office of Accessibility Services will schedule a meeting with the student and academic advisor to review the request and issue a decision within two weeks of the student confirmation email.