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DSS Student Information and Resources

DSS provides comprehensive services including counseling and advising, accommodations and academic adjustments, assistive technology, and tutoring. Accommodations are determined on a case by-case basis and may include extended time, note-taking assistance, sign language interpreting services, and alternative formats for printed materials.

Each campus offers assistive technology, including computers with disability-specific software and hardware, voice recognition and synthesizers, print magnifiers and scanners, large print, and Braille, as well as individual tutorial support. 

New Students: How to Apply to DSS
  • Complete the online student intake form using your Montgomery College Student ID number.
  • You may upload a scanned PDF copy of your documentation. If you do not have a scanned copy, complete the form and click Submit. You may bring paper copies of your documentation to your initial intake appointment with a DSS counselor.
  • DSS will review your information and contact you to schedule an initial intake appointment.
NEW STUDENT INTAKE FORM
Returning Students: How to Renew Accommodations

Returning students can request accommodations/services using a Request for Services Form (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) at least 2 weeks before the start of the semester to ensure timely services. Requests should be made before the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer semesters.  Fall and Spring letters cover the first and second bi-term of each semester.  Summer letters cover both Summer I and Summer II sessions. 

Requests for accommodations and services will be processed as rapidly as possible if submitted after the deadline. 

This form is for Returning DSS students only. If you have not identified to DSS or worked with a DSS counselor at MC before, please apply for servicesnew window or contact the main DSS office at 240-567-5058. 

  1. Please complete the form in its entirety. Missing or incorrect information may cause a delay in processing the form.
  2. If requesting accommodations other than those from the previous semester, please make an appointment to see your counselor.
  3. Email the completed Request for Services form, from your Montgomery College email,to one of the following:
    DSSlettersRV@montgomerycollege.edunew window – if your home campus is Rockville
    DSSlettersTPSS@montgomerycollege.edunew window – if your home campus is Takoma Park/Silver Spring
    DSSlettersGT@montgomerycollege.edunew window – if your home campus is Germantown.
    If you are taking classes on multiple campuses or online, email your Request for Services to the campus/DSS counselor where/with whom you did your first meeting (intake).
  4. Once your Request for Services form is reviewed, your Accommodation Letter will be setup and emailed to your Montgomery College email.
  5. During the first or second week of classes, deliver and discuss your Accommodations Letter with your instructors to make arrangements for your authorized accommodationsnew window. You are responsible for delivering the letter to each of your professors. 
Types of Services

DSS utilizes an interactive process in determining accommodations for each student. DSS counselors advise students and provide academic, career, and short-term personal counseling. They determine and facilitate appropriate academic and technological accommodations, act as liaisons with College resources and external agencies and consultants, and provide referral services for students with disabilities. DSS faculty and staff assist in arranging support services within the framework of student self-determination and self-advocacy.

Accommodations are based on the impact of the disability, course standards and requirements, and are determined based on the interactive process. The following are examples of accommodations. For additional information please refer to the DSS Student Guide or discuss with a DSS counselor.

  • Access to class notes
  • Allow recording of class
  • Alternative to Scantron/Ability to write directly on the test
  • Calculator
  • Captioned videos, films, and online media
  • Double time
  • Flexibility with attendance
  • Preferential seating
  • Reduced distraction testing environment
  • Scribe for exams

DSS counselors provide academic, career, and short-term personal counseling and advising. For major-specific advising, students are referred to program advisors as appropriate.

Long-term personal counseling and crisis resources are available on the Personal Counselingnew window page.

State-of-the-art assistive technology (AT) is available collegewide. Evaluation and limited training in assistive technology is provided to students on select software applications. Additional assistive technology services include providing alternate format materials for textbooks and exams; coordinating the AT device lending library; arranging AT hardware and software requests; and working with students, faculty, and DSS counselors to facilitate a smooth delivery of AT accommodations.
Although not an accommodation, DSS Academic Support Centers are available at all three campuses. Services include tutoring in reading and writing; tutoring on a limited basis in content areas; study skills strategies; organization and time management; and academic support. Hours and locations vary by campus.  More information is available on our Support Center and Tutoring new windowpage.
Transitioning from High School to College
This topic is a frequent concern for new students and their loved ones.  Resources, information, and suggestions for navigating this transition are available on the Transitioning from High School to Collegenew window page.
Documentation

Have questions about what documentation will best help determine the appropriate accommodations and services?  Visit the Documentation Guidelinesnew window page.

Montgomery College does not provide diagnostic or evaluative testing for learning disabilities or ADD/ADHD.  Visit the Testing for Learning Disabilities & Attention Deficit Disorder new windowpage to see local agencies and resources that can assist in this process.

DSS Forms
All DSS forms are available on the DSS Formsnew window page.  This list includes Tuition Waiver forms and access to MC Admissions and Records forms.
Student Handbook
The Student Handbook (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) has detailed information for new and returning students.
Complaints/Grievance Policy
For information on MC's Informal and Formal processes for complaints and grievances, visit the Complaints/Grievance Policynew window page.
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