Disability Services

Hood College is a community that welcomes all those who seek to succeed. Hood presents a diverse face, one that embraces students with disabilities and celebrates the fact that differences come in many varieties.

We acknowledge and support the rights of students with disabilities to have access to higher education. In fact, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides comprehensive civil rights protections for individuals with disabilities. The College works diligently to eliminate barriers to the educational pursuits of our students, wherever possible.

Each disability is unique in that there is no single pattern of symptoms or problems that hold true for all people with that disability. For this reason, services are individually tailored to the needs of each student.

People-First Language

Hood College recognizes the use of People-First Language as described below:

  • Use “disability” rather than “handicap.”
  • Say “person with a disability” rather than “disabled person.”
  • Avoid negative or sensational descriptions such as, “suffers from” or “afflicted with” or “invalid.”
  • Don't portray people with disabilities as overly brave, superhuman, courageous, or special. This implies that it is unusual for people with disabilities to have talents or skills.
  • Don't use “normal” to describe those without disabilities. Say “typical” or “people without disabilities.”

Additional questions may be directed to Kate Gmuer at 301-696-3421 or