Disabilities Support Services
Academic Support Coordinator: Ms. Lynne Langella
Responsible for Coordination of Section
504/Title II Disabilities Support Services
2.1.6 People with Disabilities:
People with Disabilities in the Community Colleges
The Board of Trustees of Community-Technical Colleges and all of the
colleges under its jurisdiction are committed to the goal of achieving
equal educational opportunity and full participation for people with
disabilities in the Community Colleges. To that end, this statement of
policy is put forth to reaffirm our commitment to ensure that no qualified
person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of,
or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity
on a Community College campus or in the system office of the Board of
The board recognizes that a physical or functional impairment is a disability
only to the extent that it contributes to cutting the person off from
some valued experience, activity, or role. Higher education is therefore
especially important to people with disabilities, since it aims to increase
every student's access to valued experiences, activities, and roles.
Improving access for students and employees means removing existing barriers
that are physical, programmatic, and attitudinal; it also means taking
care not to erect new barriers along the way.
The efforts of the Community Colleges to accommodate people with disabilities
should be measured against the goals of full participation and integration.
Services and programs best promote full participation and integration
of people with disabilities when they complement and support, but do
not duplicate, the regular services and programs of the college.
Achieving the goal of full participation and integration of people with
disabilities requires cooperative efforts within and among higher education.
The Board of Trustees will work with the board of governors to achieve
a higher level of services and appropriate delivery methods at all Connecticut
This statement is intended to reaffirm the board's commitment to affirmative
action and equal opportunity for all people and in no way to replace
the equal opportunity policy statement.
(Adopted November 20, 1989)
At HCC Ms. Lynne Langella is responsible for coordination
of Section 504/Title II compliance with respect to students. Ms.
Langella's office is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604,
Lafayette Hall, room B116, and she may be contacted at (203) 332-5018.
Disabilities Support Services at HCC: While
disabilities services are available to students at
any time, new students are encouraged
with the Disability Support Services Office immediately after acceptance
by the College. Disabilities services are available to students
at any time during their enrollment with the college. To make an appointment
please call (203) 332-5018. We welcome students with disabilities and
the opportunity to make their college experience a successful one.
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