STCC adheres to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments (ADAAA) of 2008 which states that "no qualified individual with a disability shall, solely on the basis of their disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity in higher education.
STCC is committed to the success of all students, and we strive to achieve equal educational opportunities to allow full access for students with disabilities. Our Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides accommodations, services, and auxiliary aids to students with disabilities.
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.
- How to Register with ODS (including Disability Documentation Requirements)
- High School vs. College Guide
- Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Student with a Disability
- 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.
- Course Substitution Policy
- Emergency Evacuation Information
- Disability-Related Absence Accommodation Policy (Effective: 1/1/2018)
- Policy for Eligibility of Student Athletes with Disabilities (Effective: 1/1/2018)
- Policy on Personal Care Assistance and Personal Equipment (Effective: 1/1/2018)
- Service Animal Policy
- Testing Accommodations Procedures
- Joy Ferwerda, M.Ed., CRC
Learning Disabilities Specialist
- David C. Forton, M.S., LMHC
Senior Academic Counselor
- Connie Hackett, A.S.
Assistive Technology Specialist
- Tara Sasser, M.Ed.
Ira H. Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons (B19) / Room 141
Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Evening hours by appointment
Please note, the Disability Services office will continue to assist students remotely while COVID-19 campus restrictions are in place. The entire team is working diligently (remotely) to minimize the impact the current situation is having on our students. The team can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails will be monitored regularly throughout the day during normal business hours.