Disability & Deaf Services
Holyoke Community College (HCC) respects each student's dignity, capacity to contribute, and desire for personal growth and accomplishment. The Office for Students with Disabilities & Deaf Services (OSDDS) is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities and Deaf/Hard of Hearing students have equal access to the full range of programs and services offered by HCC. The college fosters intellectual and physical independence to the greatest extent possible in all of its students, and offers reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities and Deaf/Hard of Hearing students. We believe you will find HCC to be a friendly community of supportive and caring staff, faculty, and administrators, working in partnership with students.
HCC does not require that you accept the services of the OSDDS office, nor will it impose an accommodation on you. Self-identifying as Deaf/Hard of Hearing or a person with a disability and asking for supportive services are personal decisions. If you choose to request an accommodation(s), you must register with OSDDS and provide documentation of your disability or hearing loss. For more information, please contact the OSDDS Main Office (DON 147) at 413.552.2417 to schedule and attend an Information Session. If you have concerns about this process, our staff is glad to meet with you for a confidential review of the options available to you. Online students who wish to access services through OSDDS can contact our office at 413.552.2417 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We will work with you on identifying strategies and accommodations that allow you to participate fully in class, and offer advice on other campus resources. We will engage with you in an interactive process, and determine the accommodations for which you are eligible. Our staff is always available to answer your questions and assist in any way we can!
We understand that families of students with disabilities and Deaf/Hard of Hearing students play an important role in their student's successful transition to higher education. We can help you access the information and resources you need to support your student during this exciting time.
Faculty & Staff
We engage in the interactive process with students, staff, and faculty to find innovative solutions and promote greater inclusion in college programs and services. OSDDS staff is available to answer questions and address potential concerns regarding accessible design and program access.
HCC's ADA Compliance Coordinator is responsible for assuring that the college complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act in all HCC programs and services. If you have a concern related to an access issue that is not resolved by the Office for Students with Disabilities & Deaf Services, please contact the college's ADA Compliance Coordinator, Yanina Vargas, in the Student Affairs office in Frost 224, or at 413.552.2231.
Holyoke Community College adheres to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1992 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."
The Assistive Technology Center offers assessment, training, and access to a variety of academic computing programs.
The Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative provides dual enrollment opportunities for transition-aged students, 18–21, with intellectual disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorder.
Want to request services from OSDDS? Begin by scheduling a meeting at 413.552.2417 or come into the office in Donahue 147.