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Disability Services

Disability Support Services

Metropolitan Community College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act which prohibit discrimination in admission or access to its programs based on disability. Each MCC campus has an Disability Support Services (DSS) office that provides special services for students with documented disabilities. Arrangements can be made for aids and adjustments to help ensure equal access to programs and services.

The campus DSS office also has information regarding the existence and location of services, activities, and facilities that are accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities.

Inquiries may be addressed to:

MCC-Blue River
Disability Support Services (DSS) Coordinator,
20301 E. 78 Highway,
Independence, MO 64057-2023
Telephone: 816.604.6569
Office Hours

MCC-Business & Technology
Counselor/Disability Support Services (DSS) Coordinator,
1775 Universal Avenue, 
Kansas City, Missouri 64120-2429
Telephone: 816.604.5491
Office Hours

MCC-Longview
Disability Support Services (DSS) Coordinator,
500 SW Longview Road,
Lee's Summit, MO 64081-2015
Telephone: 816.604.2254
Office Hours

MCC-Maple Woods
Disability Support Services (DSS) Coordinator,
2601 NE Barry Road,
Kansas City, MO 64156-1200
Telephone: 816.604.3192
Office Hours

MCC-Penn Valley
Disability Support Services (DSS) Coordinator,
3201 Southwest Trafficway,
Kansas City, MO 64111-2764
Telephone: 816.604.4293
Office Hours

If you have a disability, you'll find MCC a friendly place. Through our DSS offices, we work to remove barriers to your college education. Services provided through the DSS office include:

  • Classroom accommodations, such as note takers and preferential seating
  • Interpreters, readers and scribes
  • Connecting with community professionals and agencies
  • Textbooks in alternative formats, such as audio books
  • Testing accommodations, such as extended test time and distraction-reduced testing
  • Services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, such as sign language interpreters

Transitioning from High School to College

With regard to students with disabilities, the responsibility of colleges and their students are significantly different than the responsibilities of elementary and secondary schools and their students. A general overview of these differences can be found here. For more information on these important issues, please review U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, “Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities”, available at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html, or contact the DSS office at your MCC campus.

To qualify

Contact your campus DSS office each semester in which you wish to receive accommodations. The DSS Coordinator will work with you to determine what disability documentation/information is needed in order to provide accommodations. Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Students can contact DSS to request accommodations at any time during their education, but early notification to DSS can allow for more time to make arrangements. Returning students can use the “Renewal Form” link at the top of this page.

Our Mission, Vision and Values Statements

What Drives Us

DSS Mission:

  • Our mission is to collaborate with and empower students with disabilities so as to enhance their ability to pursue their educational and career hopes and desires.
  • Determine eligibility for services based on the definition of a disability as found in Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Provide accommodations for students with disabilities who have requested those services including accessibility in facilities, technology and service delivery methods.
  • Collaborate with administration, faculty and staff regarding access and the concept of universal design.
  • Provide information regarding disability issues.

DSS Vision:

Our vision is to achieve an environment based on the concept of universal design. That someday, all programs, services, activities and environments will be accessible to all people to the greatest extent possible, and where only specialized services and unique accommodations are provided by the campus Access office.

Our Values

  • Students are treated with dignity and respect in a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Students are essentially responsible for their education plans as well as their decision to access accommodations.
  • Students have the right to privacy.
  • Service providers will advocate for reasonable accommodations understanding the balance between the student's needs and the college's desire not to fundamentally alter the nature of the program.
Last Modified: 12/21/15