Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services is dedicated to helping students with documented disabilities access all of the educational opportunities and services offered by the College.
Garrett College seeks to provide complete and open access to higher education for all. In this spirit, Garrett College offers support services to enable students with special needs and/or disabilities to gain from their educational experience.
There are significant differences in how students obtain accommodations in college than in high school. Academic accommodations are not automatically put in place; students must be self-advocates and request services. Students who wish to obtain accommodations for their classes must follow Disability Support Services (DSS) procedures:
Complete the Application for 504/ADA Accommodations.
- Provide details about barriers you experience in your academics.
- Discuss accommodations that would work best for you and how to set up those accommodations.
- Please note, you are not considered fully registered with the office until you have been approved for accommodations.
- Records provided are kept strictly confidential, and information provided is shared only with permission provided by the student.
- Schedule an intake appointment with the Office of Student Development.
- Students will be required to provide current (within the past three years), written professional documentation in order to verify eligibility for special services. Such documentation can be in the form of medical reports or psychological evaluations and must specify how learning is impacted including specific accommodations to assist in the learning process.
Commonly Used Accommodations
- Tutorial Services for all classes
- Math, Writing, and Reading Labs
- Special Academic Advising
- Notification to professors for recommended accommodations
- Extended time for testing
- Alternative testing (oral, test reader, use of writer/scribe)
- Taped textbooks (arranged by student through national organization)
- Enlarged handouts, tests, etc.
- Tape recorder for classroom use
- Note taker
- Accessible classrooms and campus facilities
- Interpretive services for hearing impaired
- Mobility assistance
- Special parking spaces
- Referral to other agencies
- Other support services as appropriate
Other Important Information
Disability Support Services StaffMs. Christa Bowser, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Ms. Kym Newmann, Coordinator of Student Affairs
Mr. Nick Pratt, Academic Success Specialist: Transfer/Testing
Telephone: 301-387-3749 or 301-387-3715 | Fax: 301-387-3747
Garrett College does not discriminate in admissions, access, treatment, or employment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. Garrett College subscribes to full access to all college facilities as outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and as amended.