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Office of Disability Services (ODS)

The Students with Disabilities Office makes educational opportunities more accessible by coordinating support services for students with disabilities. Our goal is to help students achieve their goals to the fullest potential possible. All services - except Scoptic Screening - are provided free of charge to students who are eligible. All documentation is kept confidential.
ADA Aware

Register for Disability Services
Arrange a personal interview with the ADA Counselor at least 45 days prior to your first semester. Bring to the meeting documentation of disability from a psychologist, physician, DARS, or school. Suggested guidelines are available upon request. During the initial meeting, you will be asked to complete forms requesting service, and discuss accommodations with the counselor.

Qualifying for Disability Services
You qualify for disability services when you have appropriate documentation of a disability that qualifies under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) or the Americans with Disability Act (1990) and; you require academic accommodations due to the disability.

Types of Services Available

  • Specialized guidance and counseling
  • Building and campus accessibility
  • Learning style and strategy inventories
  • Reasonable accommodations, which might include:
    • Testing accommodations
    • Books on tape
    • Referrals
    • Interpreters
    • Registration assistance

Specialized Equipment Available for Checkout

  • Brailler
  • Closed Circuit Television
  • Alpha Smart Keyboards
  • Adaptive Computer Hardware

Placement Testing for Students Needing Disability Services
Effective as of September 1998, all students are required to take a placement test before registering for a college credit class at a Texas public college. For exemption qualifications, contact the ADA Counselor. Individuals may be approved for special testing accommodations if they request the accommodations and provide the required documentation in advance.

We recommend that you meet with the ADA Counselor before registering for placement testing if you need to request accommodations.

ACC Event Assistance
If you have questions about accessibility, need assistance or require special accommodations for this event please contact the Office of Disability Services at 281-756-3533 or ods@alvincollege.edu, at least 7 working days prior to the event.  Requests made less than 3 working days prior to the event may not be able to be accommodated.

Off-Campus Services

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
Individuals with disabilities that constitute a substantial barrier to employment may qualify for vocational rehabilitation services. Services offered to eligible individuals may include job readiness, referrals, tuition assistance, diagnostic testing, counseling and guidance, and assistance in acquiring adaptive equipment. Prospective clients should apply at the DARS Office five months prior to admission to ACC. Contact the ADA Counselor for area DARS referrals, tuition assistance, diagnostic testing, counseling and guidance, and phone numbers. Website: www.dars.state.tx.us. Phone: 1-800-628-5115 (Voice/TDD).

DARS - Blind Division
DARS is the state agency that provides assistance to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The client assistance toll-free number is 1-800-252-9605.

Texas Relay Service
This service allows users of TDD to call someone without a TDD. Call 1-800-735-2988 and operators will relay information between the two parties. All information relayed is confidential.

Student Organizations
Alvin Community College Empowering People To Embrace Disabilities (ACCEPTED)
We educate and support to raise awareness of all people involved with disabilities.

  • Increase knowledge and understanding of issues facing persons with disabilities
  • Develop an understanding of self empowerment and advocacy
  • Access employment and career information pertaining to persons with disabilities
  • Attend off campus activities and conferences
  • Meet new friends and learn to network

Contact Information


Office of Disability Services
Eileen Cross, Coordinator
Building A, Room 130
Phone: 281.756.3533
TDD: 281.756.3845
Fax: 281.756.5760
Email: ecross@alvincollege.edu
Hours:   Monday - Friday  8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Advising Services
M-T 8:00AM - 7:00PM
W-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Business Office (A109)
M-T 8:00AM - 7:00PM
W-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM

College Store (E112)
M-Th 7:30AM - 7:00PM
F 7:30AM - 2:00PM

Rights of Individuals with Disabilities:
Alvin Community College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (P.L. 93-112) and with the Americans With Disabilities Act (P.L. 101-336), and does not discriminate on the basis of a disability in the areas of admission, accessibility, treatment and employment. Individuals with disabilities, as defined under the law, who are otherwise qualified to meet the institution’s academic and employment requirements will be provided with a variety of academic services and resources. ACC supports efforts in making the campus more accessible and encourages students with disabilities to participate in all activities. Students seeking assistance should contact the Advising Services. Information concerning college practices as they relate to Section 504 and ADA should be directed to the Dean of Students. 



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