Welcome to the Accessibility Resource Center at Hostos Community College! Here at the Center, students with disabilities can gain the supports and accommodations they need to be successful in college and beyond. In addition to accommodations students will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops and other learning experiences, engage in campus activities and be exposed to leadership opportunities at Hostos, in CUNY and in the community.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination based on disability and requires all higher education institutions to be physically and programmatically accessible. In order to provide services to help each student maximize his or her potential for success, Hostos Community College has created the Accessibility Resource Center. The Center is solely dedicated to assisting students with disabilities in achieving their academic goals.
Prior to admission, or any time after beginning classes, students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the office to schedule an intake interview. Based on the intake interview and documentation provided by a student, a variety of accommodations may be provided to help students attain their academic objectives. Intake and counseling are provided in English and Spanish.
The first thing the office does is to establish what kinds of accommodations might be needed. Accomplishing this requires a student’s active participation in the process. Fundamentally, you are the best source of information about your needs. Accommodations can include extended time on exams as well as various forms of assistive technology to help you get the most out of each class. Your commitment to share in this process is essential and doing so will produce success that will extend well beyond your time at college.
Each CUNY campus has a designated disability services provider. While the location of the office may vary, the service is available on every campus.
Unlike high school, where students are automatically provided with testing and accommodation services, on the college campus it is the student’s responsibility to self-disclose and to provide documentation in order to receive accommodations. The laws that govern the K-12 environment are not the same as those that govern the college environment.
Every student with a disability requesting services from the Accessibility Resource Center at Hostos will be scheduled for an intake interview. At this interview the student will have a one-on-one meeting with a staff person from the Center and review relevant student experience and information such as: education history, whether or not academic accommodations have been received in the past, potential impact the student’s disability will have in the college environment and eligibility for the various accommodations and services provided by the Center.
Students are required to submit documentation of a disability in order to receive services from the Center. Once this documentation is received, students will work closely with the staff in the Center to establish exactly what accommodations and support services will allow him/her to be most successful.
How to Contact the Center
The main telephone number is (718) 518-4454. Staff may be reached via this number or by email at the following addresses:
Ms. Maria Pantoja, Disability Accommodation Specialist
Ms. Simone Sylvester, CUNY LEADS Specialist
Mr. Marcus Knox, Assistive Technology Assistant