Disability Support Services

Bunker Hill Community College has developed a program of support services specifically for students who have learning disabilities, sensory impairments, psychological disabilities or physical conditions.

Services, which are coordinated through the Office for Students with Disabilities, may include, but are not limited to, academic and testing accommodations, faculty notification, assistance with adaptive computer technology and accessibility issues, academic/career advising, student support groups, professional literacy instruction and personalized educational coaching. The program is designed to promote interaction among several existing campus resources and personnel. Students are actively involved in decision making regarding their specific needs and are encouraged to work toward increased independence and self-sufficiency.

Eligibility

Eligibility for services is dependent upon documentation of the individual's specific disability. Consistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), students are responsible for identifying themselves and providing appropriate documentation of their disability and need for accommodations. After records are received, students meet with staff to discuss resources and reasonable accommodations.

Available Support Services

Depending upon the student's disability and documentation, the following services are available:

  • Classroom Accommodations are available based on your documentation; examples of such accommodations are notetakers, scribes, and peer mentors.
  • Testing Accommodations are available depending on your documented needs: examples of such accommodations include, but are not limited to, extended time (time and a half), alternative testing formats and/or environments.
  • Specialized literacy Instruction: Students enrolled in developmental level reading and writing courses may meet with our literacy specialist, who can help with vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, word recognition and essay writing skills.
  • Educational Coaching: A big part of being successful in college is managing your time well and using effective academic strategies.  Our Educational Coach is available to help you with time management and study skills, helping you to be more accountable with assignments and projects.
  • Assistive Technology: Software programs and hardware/devices are available to assist your needs. For more information please see our Assistive Technology Educator in Room D-106C, or call 617-228-2234.
  • Disability Assessment and Referrals for Diagnostic Testing: Students who suspect the possibility of a learning disability may request referral for screening and assessment through the Office for Students with Disability. Referrals are made to area agencies and specialist depending upon student needs.
  • Pre-admission Advising and Assistance with Registration: Navigate BHCC’s many course options with the benefit of the advice of one of our counselors, in order to best meet your learning styles and needs.
  • Referral for Academic Support Services:  BHCC has many excellent support services and we can point you to those that are appropriate for your needs.
  • Consultation with Professors: BHCC strives to help students develop independence and self-advocacy; we’ll help you in your personal journey toward that goal.   
  • Career Advising - What kind of career suits your personality?  How much study can you commit to?  Our counselors can help you figure what’s best for you and whether a visit to our career center could benefit you as well.
  • Supportive Counseling - We have an open door policy and are always happy to listen and help you sort through your thoughts.

Who Can Benefit?

Students with:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Visual Impairments
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Medical Conditions
  • Limited Mobility
  • Dyslexia
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Speech Impairments
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Psychological Disabilities

Policy for Individuals with a Disability

Bunker Hill Community College is committed to providing equal access to the educational experience of all students in compliance with Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. A student with a documented disability, who has not already done so, should schedule an appointment at the Office for Students with Disabilities (room E222) in order to obtain appropriate services.