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For Students

The disAbled Student Services (DSS) program offers students with disabilities the opportunity to maximize their academic potential in the most independent manner possible. It is the mission and philosophy of DSS to promote empowerment, self-advocacy and academic success.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and The Americans with Disabilities Act provides equal access to education to students with documented disabilities. In order to ensure that protection, students must first self-identify and provide documentation of their disability to DSS. Information obtained will remain confidential. Reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations, for testing and classroom settings, will be determined and based specifically on the student's disability. DSS provides support services and will assist students with study skills training, time management training, and the coordination of campus and community support services. DSS also works closely with BCC faculty and administration to ensure full programmatic access. In addition, students transitioning from high school to college are offered informational meetings.

DSS also offers students customized software applications and specialized training in the Adaptive Computer Lab. Adaptive computing is specifically designed with modified hardware and software that is programmed to assist people with physical and learning disabilities. Workshops and one-one instruction are available throughout the semester.