We work with both on-campus and fully on-line students with disabilities and Deaf students, and the faculty and staff who educate and provide services to HCC students. Come and visit our Deaf Community Page on Facebook
Our office is responsible for ensuring that the college's full-access mission is met by providing support for students with disabilities and for those who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Holyoke Community College does not require that you accept the services of the OSDDS office, nor will it impose an accommodation on you. Self-identifying as a Deaf person or a person with a disability and asking for an accommodation are personal decisions. If you choose to request supportive services, you must register with the OSDDS and provide documentation of your disability or hearing loss. If you have concerns about this process, our staff will be glad to meet with you for a confidential review of the options available to you.
We work with you on identifying strategies and accommodations that allow you to participate fully in class, and offer advice on other campus resources. You may qualify to take your examinations through our testing services if you are eligible for extra time, a distraction-reduced space, assistive technology or other accommodations. Our staff are always available to answer your questions and assist in any way we can!
We understand that families of students with disabilities and Deaf students play an important role in their student's successful transition to higher education. Visit our Families section to discover how we can help you access the information and resources you need to support your student during this exciting time.
We support faculty by offering advice and guidance on how to make academic courses more accessible to students with a disability and Deaf students. We share information on inclusive technology use, inclusive teaching strategies, and general advice on supporting Deaf students and students with a disability. We are part of the team that works out innovative solutions with faculty and students to promote greater inclusion in College programs and services. We work with departments to make their services more inclusive of students with disabilities and Deaf students. This may involve offering technical advice, staff training or referral to other services that offer more targeted information or support. We are available to answer questions and address potential concerns regarding accessible design and programs access.