MissionTo provide any reasonable modifications or accommodations that may be necessary in order for students with disabilities to have equal access to educational opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended in 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Disability Support Services Center (DSSC)Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) seeks to ensure that people with disabilities are given full access to and participation in all aspects of college life by removal of both physical and attitudinal barriers. Baltimore City Community College is an institution that welcomes and supports a diverse student body. By embracing our core values of Integrity, Honesty, Respect, Quality, Diversity, Learning, and Leadership we hope to create a learning environment that encourages as well as challenges students.Disability Support Services Center (DSSC) is the designated office that maintains disability related documents, determines eligibility for reasonable accommodations, and develops plans for the provision of such accommodations at BCCC. Disability Support Services Center provides students and faculty with assistance and information for meeting the requirements of the law, and integrating students with disabilities into Baltimore City Community College. The center serves as an advocate for students with disabilities, ensuring that they have the physical and programmatic access to all college programs that will effect their acclimation into the campus community.
Types of Disabilities Served
Attention Deficit DisorderPsychiatric/PsychologicalBlind/Low VisionLearning DisabilitiesHead Injury/Traumatic Brain InjuryOrthopedic/MedicalDeaf/Hard of Hearing (HOH)Substance Abuse RehabilitatedMedical/Physical/SystemicTemporary Medical Conditions
Types of Specialized Equipment
Tape RecordersType-N-SpeakCCTVMagnifiersSpeech-to-textTalking Dictionary FM Amplification UnitsPerkins BraillerBraille-N-SpeakBig Keys KeyboardTalking CalculatorsTTY Braille KeyboardAdjustable WorkstationsTrackballMagni-CamCommunication AidsReading/Writing Software
Services Offered by DSSCReasonable Accommodations: Auxiliary aids and services, which are intended to assist college students with disabilities, achieve their full potential; they guarantee equal opportunity to academic success.Diagnostic Testing: A psycho-educational assessment to evaluate overall intellectual functioning, cognitive aptitude, and academic achievement.Tuition Waiver: This is for any person who is disabled/retired enrolled in any Maryland Community College who meets the Social Security standard of disability and are receiving disability or retirement from the Social Security Administration.Tutoring: While tutoring is considered a personal service and is not mandated by the law, Disability Support Services Center recognizes that this is a service that facilitates student success at BCCC. Peer tutors stress critical thinking and the process of studying particular curriculums with the goal that students will become independent learners not needing the services of a tutor.Workshops: DSSC recognizes that there are some general areas in which there is a need for assistance to support classroom performance. Throughout each semester DSSC will offer workshops such as study strategies, test-taking skills, time management, stress management.
HOW to refer to a StudentStudents have the right to choose if and when to reveal their disability. If they do not reveal, then instructors should respect their privacy and not ask them directly. Instructors can say something like, “I see you are really struggling in my class, is there something I can do to help?” Then if the student says, “I am really having trouble reading, I just can’t seem to get the information,” the instructor can refer the student to a number of support services and include Disability Support Services in that list of places.
Course Syllabus StatementBaltimore City Community College is committed to providing students with a documented disability an equal opportunity to pursue a college education. Efforts will be made to meet requests for reasonable accommodations for those eligible under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADA) of 2008, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Section 504. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Disability Support Services Center (410-462-8585 or DSSC@bccc.edu) to discuss accommodations. Once reasonable accommodations are determined, it is the student’s responsibility to present the accommodation form from DSSC to their professors.
Additional InformationFor additional information about the Disability Support Services Center, please visit the Disability Support Services web page. For information on accommodations, a wide range of case studies, frequently asked questions and general resources, visit The Faculty Room at www.washington.edu/doit/Faculty/