Accessibility Resources for Independence Community College Students




DREAM (Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring)

From the DREAM webpage –

DREAM is charged with the mission of advancing the interests of students with disabilities, in post-secondary institutions and their allies across the United States.  DREAM advocates for student rights, increased accessibility, social and policy change, and aims to provide support and mentorship to local campus disability groups and individual students.  We hope to empower students with disabilities to work for local and national change, encourage the development of disability culture and peer support, and advance the study of disabilities within academia.

In keeping with the larger cross-disabilities movement, DREAM aspires to be as inclusive as possible.  Goals include but are not limited to:

  1. Developing and maintaining a communications network to promote peer support and the exchange of ideas between students with disabilities in the United States.
  2. Collecting and disseminating information on topics of relevance to disabled students.
  3. Tracking and responding to local and national disability issues that affect post-secondary institutions and initiating national and local dialogues about issues that are in need of attention.
  4. Encouraging and strengthening local campus groups and coalitions.
  5. Promoting the participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of campus life and across disciplines.


Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

From the AHEAD website –

AHEAD is the leading professional membership association for individuals committed to equity for persons with disabilities in higher education.

Since 1977, AHEAD has offered an unparalleled member experience to disability resource professionals, student affairs personnel, ADA coordinators, diversity officers, AT/IT staff, faculty and other instructional personnel, and colleagues who are invested in creating welcoming higher education experiences for disabled individuals. Informed by its diverse membership, AHEAD delivers exceptional professional development opportunities through conferences, workshops, webinars, publications, and consultation;

  • fosters community and member networking;
  • informs members of emerging issues relevant to disability and higher education in the legislative and regulatory spheres; and
  • disseminates data, promotes research, and furthers evidence-based practice.

AHEAD boasts a membership of approximately 3,000, representing all 50 states and over 10 countries. In addition to its direct memberships, AHEAD has formal partnerships with 37 Regional Affiliates and numerous professional organizations. AHEAD members are actively engaged in service provision, consultation and training, and policy development on their campuses and promote accessibility across the field of higher education and beyond.  

National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCSSD)

From the NCCSD Website –

The National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD) is funded through a four-year grant from the Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education (P116D150005), and administered through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).


Independence Community College TRIO Student Support Services

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student support services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.  TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

Student Support Services offers:

  • Academic Tutoring
    • Individual and group
    • Test review sessions
  • Transfer Information
    • Campus visits to 4-year institutions
    • Application assistance
  • Counseling
    • Academic coaching
    • Financial aid assistance
    • Personal counseling
    • Career exploration
  • Social Activities
    • Cultural events
    • Recognition events
    • Service learning
  • Workshops
    • Transferring to a 4-Year University
    • Plagiarism
    • Career Exploration
    • Financial Literacy
    • Identity Theft

The Student Support Services (SSS) program is sponsored by Independence Community College in cooperation with the U. S. Department of Education. This program is free and available to students who meet the federal guidelines.


Independence Community College Tutoring Center

Located in the lower level of the Academic Building, the Tutoring Center is open to all students from 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday during the Fall and Spring semester. Summer hours vary but generally follow 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday. The Tutoring Center employs peer tutors that have completed a College Reading and Learning Association certified training program and have earned an A or B in their coursework. The Tutoring Center also has computers and free printing for student use.

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