The Office of Disability Services is committed to providing a welcoming and affirming environment for all students. We recognize the importance of intersectionality and the diverse experiences of all students and continuously build upon partnerships with Ocean County College faculty, staff, and students to ensure all aspects of student life are accessible, equitable, and inclusive of individuals with disabilities.
The Office of Disability Services is further committed to equalizing access to academic and/or environmental accommodations and providing support for qualified students with disabilities pursuing academic, personal, and professional goals. The office strives to provide the necessary tools, support and resources for students to become responsible decision-makers and self-advocates in charge of their own future. Eligibility for accommodations and services is guided by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504).
Disability is Diversity.
We recognize that disability is a natural part of human variation and an aspect of diversity.
All students should have equal access.
We are committed to equalizing access to accommodations and support for all students.
Confidentiality is a right.
We do not share information about a student’s disability or other identities without the student’s explicit permission. Faculty or staff who have questions or concerns can be directed to speak with our office. We will only communicate information about the student’s accommodations to the necessary staff/faculty who will be implementing them.
The Office of Disability Services values a collaborative process as we work with students to establish services. Disability Services staff will work with each student on an individual basis to determine reasonable accommodations facilitating access to learning and other student life experiences. The information the student provides is an essential component in the determination of reasonable accommodations and services. Disability Services staff determine approved accommodations after reviewing the request for support services, supporting documentation of disability and/or chronic medical condition viewed as a disability (as appropriate), past use of accommodations, and the likely impact of disability on the student’s educational experiences at Ocean County College.
Students with a documented disability seeking reasonable accommodations and services at Ocean County College should:
Complete and submit an initial request for accommodations online using our Intake Form. Upon completion of this form, the student will receive a confirmation email of submission.
Gather documentation of disability for review. Supporting documentation such as medical records (e.g. VA Benefit Summary), comprehensive professional evaluations, psychoeducational testing and school records (IEP or 504 Plan) will help guide our conversation and provide information about specific requests.
Submit documentation for review. Submit documentation using one of the following methods:
Meet virtually with a staff member from the Office of Disability Services. Students will receive a response in a timely manner indicating that documentation has been reviewed and contact details for the virtual appointment. The meeting will include a review and interactive discussion of the accommodation request, including discussion and referral to additional resources available to students at Ocean County College.
Please note that depending on scheduling and when documentation is received this process can sometimes take up to 30 days.
Using Academic Accommodations
Accommodations are tailored to meet the needs of each student. The goal of the Accommodation Letter is to eliminate the barriers caused by the disability in order to afford the student equal access and opportunity in academic programs and services. Once the student is approved for accommodations by the Office of Disability Services, it is the student's responsibility to request any accommodations such as interpreting or captioning services, alternative format textbooks, auxiliary aids, and/or other services in a timely manner in accordance with Disability Services policy and procedures.
Approved accommodations require student involvement each semester. It is the student's responsibility to request a copy of their valid OCC Accommodation Letter each semester at request docs. We recommend requesting a copy of the approved Accommodation Letter at least two weeks prior to start of the course and send the OCC Accommodation Letter to each instructor on the first day of the semester or as soon as the student is approved for accommodations. Students are encouraged to schedule a meeting with each instructor during office hours to discuss the implementation of approved accommodations in their course(s).
For more information, contact the office at 732-255-0456 (711 Relay) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about procedures for using specific accommodations or general service provision, review the Disability Services website.
Office of Disability Services
Location: Library Building #3, Room 016 (Ground Floor)
TTY/TDD/Speech: NJ Relay 711
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. – By appointment only