Campus Contacts

For ADA and Accessibility questions, please contact the individual ADA Coordinator shown for your campus.

The District Accessibility Coordinator: Jim Walterhouse |  Phone: (432) 242-4290  |  email: jwalterhouse@howardcollege.edu

Big Spring: Mary Ann Bara |  Phone: (432) 264-5118  |  email: mbara@howardcollege.edu
Lamesa: Mary Ann Bara |  Phone: (432) 264-5118  |  email:mbara@howardcollege.edu
San Angelo: Luis Martinez  |  Phone: (325) 481-8300 ext: 3254  |  email: lmartinez@howardcollege.edu
SWCD (SouthWest College for the Deaf): Jim Walterhouse |  Phone: (432) 242-4290  |  email: jwalterhouse@howardcollege.edu

Student Accessibility Services

Our Student Accessibility Services policy can be found in the Student Handbook beginning on page 90.

Service Animal / Assistance Animal Policy

Our Service Animal policy can be found in the Student Handbook beginning on page 93.

Service Animal Forms

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact the Accessibility Services Coordinator for your site at least 30 days prior to registration to obtain the necessary forms and arrange a time for an interactive interview.

Your history of accommodations will be discussed during the interactive interview and is considered when applying for accommodations to the academic environment. Colleges are not required to provide accommodations that fundamentally alter the nature of a class or that will pose an undue administrative or financial burden on the institution. Colleges are required to provide any reasonable accommodation that may be necessary for equal access to education.

No. Colleges are not required to design special programs for students with disabilities or have Individualized Educational Plans (IEP’s). Services received during K-12 are covered under different legislation than those received during college. A copy of your 504/IDEA/IEP plan may be useful to help the Accessibility Coordinator to know what has been helpful to a student in the past. However the range of accommodations and services available in college may differ from those in your previous plan.

Bring any documentation that you feel will help the Coordinator understand the nature and extent of your disability. If you are a recent high school graduate, then a copy of your 504/IEP /IDEA plan will be helpful.

No. However, we cannot help you with any accessibility concerns unless you register with our office.

Yes – IF you would like them to be. Students who are 18 years old or older are legally recognized as adults, so the student is responsible for their own accommodation requests and disability-related decisions.  Students are encouraged to have an open dialogue with their parents, because parents can be a wonderful source of support. According to FERPA, you must complete a Consent to Release Information form to allow our staff speak with your parents.

No. In college, students with disabilities are covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and under the Americans with Disabilities Act. IDEA no longer applies. Since this is the case, the legal obligations change. There is no special education in college. Colleges do not have to seek out students with disabilities.  It is the student’s responsibility to seek out services through Disability Services.

Colleges are not required to conduct or provide testing or evaluations to determine is a student has a disability. The student is responsible for providing current documentation, and any additional testing to support the requested accommodations, if necessary.