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For students with disabilities

In recognition of the talents and needs of students with disabilities and chronic health issues, the Office of Educational Accessibility provides an array of services designed to enhance your educational experience.

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Student responsibilities

It is the student’s responsibility to make the college aware of a documented disability and the need for accommodation. To allow a reasonable time to arrange services, you should make an appointment with the educational accessibility counselor on your campus at least 30 days before classes begin.

View the guidelines for documentation of disabilities

TCC students with disabilities are advised and supported by the Office of Educational Accessibility at TCC.

This office arranges appropriate accommodations in accordance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amended Act of 1990. All documentation is confidential and is not considered a part of the academic transcript.

Counselors on every campus can provide services for students with the following disabilities:

  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Hearing loss
  • Medical disability
  • Psychological disability
  • Head injury/traumatic brain injury
  • Visual impairment

Specific services provided to students with documentation of a disability or chronic medical condition may include:

College-wide educational accessibility services

Beth Callahan
Coordinator
Virginia Beach Campus
Lynnhaven Building, Suite 113
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453
bcallahan@tcc.edu

Phone: 757-822-7751
Fax: 757-822-7077

Rachel Butler
Assistive Technology Specialist
Virginia Beach Campus
Lynnhaven Building, Room 124
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453
rbutler@tcc.edu

Phone: 757-822-7753
Fax: 757-822-7077

Angel Rich
Interpreter Coordinator
Virginia Beach Campus
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453
arich@tcc.edu

Contact Claudia Barrington for information about college-wide educational accessibility services.

Educational accessibility counselors

Deaf and hard of hearing individuals can reach TCC using Virginia Relay by dialing 711.

Chesapeake Campus

Beth Callahan
George B. Pass Building, Room 141
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322
bcallahan@tcc.edu

Phone: 757-822-5127
Fax: 757-822-7077

Norfolk Campus

LaToya Mack
Andrews Building, Suite 1106
315 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510
lmack@tcc.edu

Phone: 757-822-1226
Fax: 757-822-1405

Portsmouth Campus

Ted Tyler
Building A, Room 142
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701
ttyler@tcc.edu

Phone: 757-822-2208
Fax: 757-686-5173

Virginia Beach Campus

Vickie Rogers
Princess Anne Building, Room A113
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453
vrogers@tcc.edu

Phone: 757-822-7216
Fax: 757-822-7346

Handbook: Disabilities

Download the TCC handbook for students with disabilities

Handbook: Deaf or hard-of-hearing

Download the TCC handbook for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing

Report a barrier

Use this form to report an access barrier, whether physical or electronic

Important information

Accommodations are not retroactive and cannot be used by instructors to adjust grades prior to receipt of the accommodation form.

Instructors are not permitted to provide accommodations without the Accommodation Form, signed by the student and the educational accessibility counselor.

Students should turn in the original form signed by his/her instructor(s) to the Educational Accessibility Counselor and give each instructor a copy of the accommodations form.

If your accommodations include taking tests in a quiet, non-distracting environment, your professor must get the test moved to the testing center. It is your responsibility to take the test within the prescribed time limits.

How to request accommodations
  1. Contact your campus educational accessibility counselor and make an appointment. Appointments should be made at least 30 days prior to the first day of classes.

  2. Provide documentation of your disability. Such documentation may include your high school IEP or 504 plan, information from your medical provider and your intake interview with your counselor. Please note: An IEP or 504 plan alone is not accepted as documentation.

  3. Complete an accommodations form. Your educational accessibility counselor will review your documentation and provide you with an accommodations form to present to your instructors.

  4. Register for classes. Your educational accessibility counselor will help you select courses, plan your academic program and enroll in classes. Students with documented disabilities are eligible for priority registration, which means you can register at least a week before general registration begins.

  5. Make arrangements with your instructors. If you decide to request accommodations from your instructors, you should schedule meetings with them about your needs early in the semester.

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Student Services Offices

Monday and Tuesday 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chesapeake Campus

Dean James Edwards

Pass Building, Room 146
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone: 757-822-5115

Norfolk Campus

Dean Emanuel Chestnut

Andrews Building
315 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-822-1585

Portsmouth Campus

Dean Dana Singleton

Building A, Room 150B
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 757-822-2181

Virginia Beach Campus

Dean Marilyn Hodge

Building B (Bayside), Room B112
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Phone: 757-822-7244

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