Welcome to the Office of AccessABILITY Services (OAS) at Stella and Charles Guttman Community College.  We provide students with supports and accommodations that promote learning outcomes which are aligned with student potential.

Registered OAS students are also given the opportunity to grow through campus and CUNY wide activities where they can build relationships and be introduced to job opportunities.

To enroll in the Office of AccessABILITY Services, please review our requesting services tab and schedule an intake with one of our friendly staff members.

Sincerely,

Office of AccessABILITY Services

Mission

The Office of AccessABILITY Services (OAS) fosters an accessible and inclusive community where students with permanent and temporary disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of campus life. We facilitate student learning and access through partnerships with students, faculty, and staff within the Guttman Community.

Vision

A universally accessible campus where programs, services and environments are usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.

The Office of AccessABILITY Services welcomes students interested in receiving services and/or accommodations.

Do I Qualify?

A person with a disability is anyone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as walking, seeing, learning, hearing, speaking, or breathing. A person is also protected under the ADA if he or she has a record of a disability or is regarded as having a disability and is thus discriminated against. It is important to know that disabilities can be both visible and hidden. That is, many disabilities may not be obvious to an observer. These can include epilepsy, diabetes, learning disabilities, and certain vision-based disabilities. People can also have multiple disabilities, such as an individual who is both legally blind and hard-of-hearing.

A person with a disability may have:

  • a physical or psychological condition which substantially limits one of his/her major life activities (including walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working)
  • a record of such impairment

Disabilities include but may not be limited to:

  • Learning Disorders
  • Medical Disabilities
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Visual Impairments
  • Mobility Impairments
  • Temporary Disability Conditions

Students diagnosed with a disability who are interested in registering for services in the Office of AccessABILITY Services are encouraged to provide medical documentation of their disability in order to determine the best and most appropriate accommodations.

In order to receive academic adjustments, students are required to submit documentation and schedule an intake session with the Office of AccessABILITY Services.  During the intake session, a unit representative will review documents and discuss academic adjustments.

Students who register with the Office of AccessABILITY are given cards to present to faculty regarding the accommodations they should receive in class and for testing. Students must present their card to their instructors in order to receive the accommodations to which they are entitled.

Please be advised it is at the students’ discretion and responsibility to discuss their accommodations with their instructional team.

The AccessABILITY Staff works closely with faculty and external resources to provide appropriate and effective academic accommodations to students. Below are some examples of campus accommodations that registered students may receive based on their individual needs.

  • Testing Accommodations may include extra time, alternate testing location, use of a reader and/or scribe, use of assistive technology, enlarged print or alternate text format exams
  • Livescribe recording smart pen
  • Laptop use in class
  • Career guidance and skills training for job search and retention
  • Reading software (Kurzweil, Zoom Text, Read and Write Gold, JAWS, Dragon)
  • Large print or other alternate text formats
  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Other academic accommodations specific to student disability

Click here to view list of scholarships for students with disabilities.

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) starts with the presumption that all individuals with disabilities can benefit from vocational rehabilitation services and should have opportunities to work in jobs integrated within their communities.  Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors guide individuals through service programs they need to reach their employment goal.

http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr