Disability Services Information Session 2017. RSVP now to attend!

a silhouette of a woman signing, a silhouette of a male jumping and holding up a peace sign, a male silhouette dancing. The words your voice, your choice, your move are under the 3 silhouettes

Disability Services Information Session 2017
August 9th, 1 to 4pm
Central Campus, Zeiss building room 1106

RSVP now to attend!

Join us for the afternoon to learn about:

  • How to be a successful self-advocate
  • Using accommodations in college
  • Assistive technology offered at CPCC
  • And hear from our student panel to learn about their college experiences and what it takes to be a successful college student!

Students, parents, and adult guests are invited!

Parking is available for visitors in Student Deck 1 or the Employee/Theater lot for this event.

If you or your guests need accommodations to attend this event, please include your request on your RSVP.


Summer schedule in effect, now through July 21st

The word summer is in the middle of a beach picture

Currently, the college is operating on the summer schedule of Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-6pm. The college will be closed on Fridays during this time. We will also be closed for upcoming events and holidays as follows:

5/18: closing at 12pm for CPCC’s graduation
5/25: closed for annual SSS retreat
5/29: closed for Memorial Day
6/8: closed for annual department retreat
7/3-7/4: closed for 4th of July

Sorry for any inconveniences this causes, but we are happy to serve you on days we are open! Please contact us if you have any questions, 704-330-6621 or disability.counselingservices@cpcc.edu


Summer and fall registration has begun! Contact your Disability Counselor when you are registered for accommodation forms.

The spring semester is almost over so that means it’s time to register for summer and fall 2017. We recommend that students Get Advised before registering for classes. After Advising, contact your Disability Counselor to receive your accommodation forms. If you are not sure who your Disability Counselor is, please contact our front desk for assistance at 704-330-6621 or disability.counselingservices@cpcc.edu.

Good luck as your finish out the spring semester! And congratulations to the Class of 2017!

The end of the spring semester approaches! That means summer semester starts soon!

Hello students! Finals week is upon us! Disability Services wishes you the best of luck as you take your final exams! If you need to schedule any final exam testing in the Disability Services Testing Center (it must be an approved accommodation) please contact dslab@cpcc.edu to schedule an appointment as soon as possible!

Registration is now open for summer and fall 2016 semesters. If you are approved for accommodations, please contact your Disability Counselor as soon as you are registered. We can now print accommodation forms early so you will be prepared in advance for your classes. If you need to request your forms from your Disability Counselor, call or email them directly. Click here to go to our Contact Us page for contact information.

We look forward to working with you!

Tips for Faculty: Online class accommodations

To the Faculty of CPCC,

Whether you are taking time off or still teaching (hopefully a light courseload!) during the summer term, Disability Services sends you well wishes for a relaxing summer!

With that being said….the fall semester will be here before you know it! Disability Services wants to help prepare faculty for working with students with disabilities for the upcoming fall term. This blog post focuses on online classes and working with students with disabilities to provide academic accommodations. Here’s a list of helpful tips to assist you as a faculty member:

1. Include a statement in the syllabus about Disability Services. This is something that all faculty are recommended to do as a best practice for informing their students about how to request accommodations through Disability Services. Click here to view CPCC’s syllabus statement for accommodations. Even in online classes, students may need to use accommodations to access the material.

2. Sign the accommodation form once it is sent to you and return it to the Disability Counselor. The form explains what accommodations are approved to be used by the student in your class. Accommodations are considered active once you sign the accommodation form. Clarify any questions about accommodations with the student and/or their Disability Counselor. The Disability Counselor is listed on the accommodation form.

3. If you are teaching an online class and require students to test on campus at some point during the semester, notify the testing center about students in your class(es) who are approved to use testing accommodations (such as extended time for testing) when you submit tests to the testing center. Generally, testing for online classes is done off campus. So as a result, the testing center is not notified about students who are approved for testing accommodations when they are registered for online classes. If you know this type of testing occurs in an online class and you are asked to sign an accommodation form for that class, please take the steps to ensure compliance with the student’s accommodations.

4. View the Disability Services website, Faculty and Staff Resources page, for more information on working with students with disabilities. Here you will find FAQs, directions for the accommodation form, tips for referring students to Disability Services, and directions for using the Disability Services Testing Center. Feel free to also look around the Disability Services website for more department information. We’ve recently updated our website content and will continue to update it, so check back often!

Anytime you have questions about accommodations, students with disabilities, or anything else related to Disability Services, please contact us! We are happy to help all staff and faculty at CPCC. You can visit us at our Central Campus (TE 219) or Levine Campus (room 2223) locations. Or by calling us at x6621. We look forward to working with you in the upcoming fall semester!

CPCC Staff and Students Participate in the ADA Legacy Tour

Written by Laurie Jachym

Staff and students from CPCC participated last week in the ADA Legacy Tour to commemorate 25 years of the ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act). The tour is traveling across the county this year to provide celebration and education on the ADA and the history of disability rights. Disability Services was invited to attend and participate in the event when the bus stopped in Charlotte last week. Staff from Disability Services, Interpreting Services, and Human Resources along with CPCC students were in attendance.

Outisde of the ADA bus.


Inside the Disability Rights Museum bus, the history of disability rights in America.

The history of disability rights in America is very interesting and important to American history. The photo above shows the inside of the Disability Rights Museum bus that was on display at the event.

The museum was filled with photos, videos, and timelines to give all who attended a glimpse into how disability rights were developed as well as the landscape today.

ADA history - ADA becomes Law in 1990.


Rachel and Chance view ADA history.

Serena views ADA history.

Alysia learns more about assistive technology.


This part of history is not always easy to take in because of the atrocities that occurred in the past to people with disabilities. However, watching the uprising of non-violent protests and demonstrations that lead to the creation the ADA are very powerful and moving. Rachel Megahan, Disability Counselor, had this to say about the event:

“After experiencing the ADA tour – it made me think how easily forgotten ADA is.  It is nice to have days like yesterday, for people to stop by and just to visit….at least to remember the importance of ADA.  One of things I was watching in the museum – it was mentioned that ADA was not discussed much in schools so young kids do not know much about it and as result of that, people don’t realize the importance of ADA. I think it is important to continue promote awareness about ADA in some ways.”

Some of the Disability Services staff participated in both days of the tour in Charlotte, June 8-9, 2015 . Each day, the museum bus was open to the public for tours. The first day of the event included a ribbon cutting ceremony and a panel discussion of the ADA, shown below.

Ribbon cutting ceremony.


ADA panel.

Day two was very special, as CPCC staff and students recited “A Credo for Support” to urge the community to show respect and dignity to people with disabilities.

CPCC group in front of the ADA museum bus.

If you get a chance to see the legacy tour this year do not miss it!  The days we spent with the Legacy Tour were educational and inspiring. Learning about how disability rights were established in this country is something we should all take time to do. The tour helps us understand that it’s not just about disability rights, but basic human rights, as we are all in this together.

Photos taken by Laurie Jachym and Rachel Megahan

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities (Summer & Fall deadlines)

Written by Kayla Earley, Lab Facilitator

Need help paying for school? Think it would be nice to pay half-price for assistive technology? Some organizations award scholarships and assistive technology grants specifically to students with disabilities! Check out these examples.

For more information about scholarships offered specifically to students with disabilities, visit https://www.disability.gov/scholarships-specifically-students-disabilities/.


Summer and Fall 2015 Registration! How to prepare for your next semester at CPCC with Disability Services

Written by Laurie Jachym, Disability Counselor

Are you planning to take classes in the summer or fall 2015 semester? Are you also planning to use accommodations in your next semester of classes? If your answer is yes to both of these questions, here are some tips from Disability Services to help you prepare to register and receive accommodations:

  • Get advised! Working with an advisor to choose your courses is very important. We suggest meeting with your advisor as soon as possible once you have decided to take classes at CPCC. The closer it gets to registration opening the more difficult it can be to get an appointment with an advisor! Click here to find your advisor at CPCC.
  • Returning students: Contact your Disability Counselor. Your Disability Counselor can “advise on the advising” to help you fine tune your schedule based on your individual needs. Some things to consider are how many classes to take in a semester, time of day to take classes, and scheduling break time in between classes.
  • Register for classes. Use CPCC’s Schedule Builder to pick your classes.
  • Request your accommodation forms from your Disability Counselor.Contact your Disability Counselor to inform him/her that you are registered for classes and need your accommodation forms.

Don’t wait until the last minute! Get started today to ensure you get the classes you want for summer and fall 2015! Don’t forget, we are here to help! Please contact Disability Services if you have questions.

If you want to learn more about the process of requesting accommodations at CPCC, click here and learn how to take the first step towards registering with Disability Services for academic accommodations.

Are you taking summer classes and need accommodations? Let us know!

Summer 2014 semester starts May 21st

If you want to use your approved academic accommodations for the summer semester, please contact your Disability Counselor to receive your accommodation forms once you have registered for classes. Here is more information about how to receive your accommodation forms from your Disability Counselor:

Patricia Adams
Levine Campus, covers Harper campus
704-330-2722 ext 7279
Email counselor in advance to pick up accommodation forms.

Rachel Megahan
Central Campus, covers Merancas and Cato campuses
Call or email for an appointment. Walk-ins accepted when available.

Sally Herlong
Central Campus
704-330-2722 EXT 3461
Call or email for an appointment. Can meet by appointment only.

Laurie Jachym
Central Campus, covers Harris campus every 4th Thursday of the month
704-330-2722 EXT 3468
Call or email for an appointment. Walk-ins accepted when available.

If you wish to receive accommodations and have not been approved by Disability Services yet, please submit your documentation to our office. Click here for a link to our Documentation Requirements handout, which includes information of our process of how to register with Disability Services for accommodations and details about what documentation we will accept.

Still have questions? Call us or walk-in to our office! 704-330-6621We are located on Central Campus in Terrell 219.

Summer office hours for May 12-July 18:

Monday-Thursday 7:30am-6:00pm

**Campus is closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday during this time frame and will return to the regular campus schedule starting July 21.**

We look forward to working with you this summer! If you are taking the summer off, we wish you a relaxing and enjoyable break! Contact us when you return!