Office of Disability Services (ODS)
Who We Are
The staff of the Office of Disability Services (ODS) at Springfield Technical Community College strives to achieve equal educational opportunities to allow full access for people with disabilities. Our mission is to provide accommodations, services and auxiliary aids to students with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act As Amended (2008) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973).
Creating an optimal learning environment is a unique and collaborative process. ODS works closely with faculty to ensure that the academic integrity of each course remains intact, while preserving equal access to course content and materials for qualified students at the same time.
ODS also strives to foster partnerships with faculty, staff and students, promote disability awareness throughout the campus community, and provide guidance regarding college policies and procedures pertaining to the rights and privileges of persons with disabilities.
We look forward to helping you reach your academic and career goals!
Who We Serve
We serve individuals with disabilities who are defined by the Americans
with Disabilities Act as
someone who has a physical or mental impairment
that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a history
of such an impairment, or is perceived by others as having such an impairment.
Students seeking accommodations for a documented disability should self-identify and register with ODS. The information below can assist you in getting started with this process.
- Testing and classroom accommodations
- Arrangements for sign language interpreters
- Guide student development of self-advocacy skills
- Evaluation and training in the use of assistive technology
- Supportive academic counseling
- Consultation with faculty
Policies and Procedures
ODS has outlined policies and procedures to guide students who may request particular services or accommodations.
- Alternative Format Request for Textbooks
- Course Substitution Policy
- Emergency Evacuation Information
- Service Animal Policy
- Testing Accommodations Procedures
- Kris Kozuch, M.Ed., LRC
Coordinator of Disability Services
- Joy Ferwerda, M.Ed., CRC
Learning Disabilities Specialist
- David C. Forton, M.S., LMHC
Senior Academic Counselor
- Connie Hackett, A.S.
Assistive Technology Specialist
- Susan Johnson
- Tara Sasser, M.Ed.
Building 27/2nd floor
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Evening hours by appointment