Disability Services

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 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.

Getting Started

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.

Services Offered

  • 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.


  • Joy Ferwerda, M.Ed., CRC
    Learning Disabilities Specialist
    Phone: 413-755-4513
    Email: jlferwerda@stcc.edu
  • David C. Forton, M.S., LMHC
    Senior Academic Counselor
    Phone: 413-755-4332
    Email: dcforton@stcc.edu
  • Connie Hackett, A.S.
    Assistive Technology Specialist
    Phone: 413-755-4082
    Email: cmhackett@stcc.edu
  • Tara Sasser, M.Ed.
    Accommodations Specialist
    Phone: 413-755-4883
    Email: tsasser@stcc.edu


Ira H. Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons (B19) / Room 141


Monday-Friday: 7:30am - 5pm
Evening hours by appointment

Office: 413-755-4785
Fax: 413-755-6323
Email: disability-services@stcc.edu