Disability Information

Tri-County Community College is invested in full compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 (ADA). The Special Services Office at the college ensures that the programs and facilities of the college are accessible to all students. The college focuses on the student as an individual and works toward equal opportunity, full integration into the campus environment, physical accessibility, and the provision of reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services to students.

If you are a student with a disability and require the services of interpreters, readers, note takers, or need other accommodations, please see our Special Needs Counselor, Linda Howell, in the Counseling Office. This office is located in the Harper Building. Because federal law prohibits the college from making pre-admission inquiries about disabilities, the student is responsible for making these requests known. In order to access each disabled student's needs and to provide the necessary support services, professional documentatiojn of a disability or disabilities must be furnished to the Special Needs Counselor. Documentation must be current. Information provided by a student is voluntary, and appropriate confidentiality is maintained.

Students who need assistance may contact Linda Howell at (828) 835-4259 or lhowell@tricountycc.edu.


A Disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, is described as a mental, or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life function are visual impairments and blindness, hearing impairment and deafness, mobility impairment, learning disabilities, or systemic medical conditions.

The definition of a disability and criteria for established eligibility for accommodations services under 504 and ADA for post secondary institutions may be different than the definitions and criteria implemented in the public schools, rehabilitation programs, social security, Veterans Administration, or as covered under insurance policies.

Section 504 protects the rights of qualified individuals who have disabilities such as, but not limited to:

Attention deficit disorders
Blindness/Visual impairment
Cerebral palsy
Deafness/hearing impairment
Emotional/psychological disabilities
Epilepsy or seizure disorder
Multiple sclerosis
Specific learning disabilities
Speech and language disorder
Spinal cord injury
Temporary disabilities
Tourett's Syndrome
Traumatic brain injury
Other health impairments

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Students Rights and Responsibilities

College Rights and Responsibilities
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Documentation Required for Special Needs Assistance
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