Disability Services

Download the Disabilities Services Handbook

Student Services Center, SSC L131
Phone: 860-512-3590
Fax: 860-512-3591


Are you a student with a disability? We can help!

If you have a physical, medical, or psychological disability:

Contact Joseph Navarra, Counselor/Coordinator of Disability Services, at 860-512-3592. Joe will meet with you to review supporting documentation of your disability and determine the type of accommodations that MCC will provide.

If you have a learning disability, ADD/ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder:

Contact Gail Stanton, Learning Disabilities Specialist, at 860-512-3597.  Gail will meet with you to review supporting documentation of your learning disability and determine the type of academic accommodations that MCC will provide.

If you are seeking testing accommodations:

Contact Georgette E. Hyman, Testing Administrator, at 860-512-3596 after you have completed a consultation with Joseph Navarra or Gail Stanton and have submitted a completed Testing Assessment Testing Adjustment Request Form. Requests must be made at least one week in advance.

If you need assistive technology or e-books:

Contact Jacquelyn Dannaher, Assistive Technology Specialist, at 860-512-3594 or jdannaher@manchestercc.edu. She is available to provide training to students with disabilities in the college’s Assistive Technology Lab (L131) on how to use our computer-based assistive technology. She also provides textbooks in an electronic format (e-books) to students who qualify.

Download the E-Book Request Form

Assistive techology may assist with both specific and non-specific disabilities. We have computer programs that magnify for students who have low vision, programs that read text books, auditory enhancement equipment, computer programs that allow students to dictate thus minimizing keystrokes, and software to assist students with thought organization and brainstorming.

Please note: You may also schedule an appointment to discuss disability services in Advising and Counseling Services, SSC L108, or by calling 860-512-3320.

Mission Statement

Manchester Community College is committed to providing equal access to students with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Disabilities services at MCC are designed to help you develop strategies that will help you succeed in college. Our services will help remove obstacles to the learning process that are related to your disability. Ultimately, our aim is to provide you with the same opportunity to learn as any other student on campus.

Assistive Technology and Software

The following assistive technology is currently available:

FM System: For students with a hearing impairment; this device enables the student to hear what the professor is saying.

Alpha Smart: For students who have issues writing notes and do not have a laptop.

Franklin Spelling Ace: For students with difficulty spelling.

Kindle Touch Loan Program: For students with specific physical limitations and/or a qualifying disability. Quantity is limited.

The following software is currently available:

Dragon Naturally Speaking: For students with fine motor skills impairment; this software has speech-to-text abilities.

Kuzweil: For students with reading disabilities; this software presents textbooks in both visual and auditory formats.

Read Write Gold: For students with reading disabilities; this software presents textbooks in both visual and auditory formats.

Jaws: For students who are blind/or have low vision; this software verbalizes actions on the computer screen.

Magic: For students with visual impairments; this software magnifies the computer screen.

Co-Writer: For students who need help with organizing their thoughts; this software saves the user keystrokes when typing and helps with brainstorming.

Inspiration: This software is a visual writing organizer.

Scanning/Document Enlargement: This software is available for students with low vision or students using Kurzweil.

Contact Information

Disability Services
Great Path, MS #8
P.O. Box 1046
Manchester, CT 06045