Disability Services

Welcome to Disability Services

Welcome to Disability Services at St. Cloud Technical & Community College (SCTCC)! 

The purpose of Disability Services at SCTCC is:

Mission Statement

  • Disability Services at St. Cloud Technical & Community College facilitates access to services, programs, and activities to enrolled or admitted students who have a documented disability.  

Quick Links (click on the links):

  1. ACCUPLACER accommodations
  2. Sign Language Interpreters
  3. Your Accommodations (Forms)
  4. Grievance-Appeal Procedures
  5. Faculty and Staff Resources
  6. Assistive Technology
  7. Campus Accessibility Maps

To Report a Physical Barrier or Safety Concern (Examples include: a door button not functioning properly, elevator not accessible, snow/ice built up by an entrance), please click on link below:


General Information about Disabilities:
The information below is adapted from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and PACER Center.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood and often last into adulthood.  Students with this disability may have difficulties with attention, concentration, memory, controlling impulsive behaviors, or may be overly active. 

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) involves a range of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication, and behavior challenge which may result in the need for accommodations within a college setting. Examples of ASD include Autistic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, and Asperger syndrome.

Blind/Visually Impairment
The terms partially sighted, low vision, legally blind, and totally blind are used in educational context to describe students with visual impairments.  Ophthalmologists are the primary professionals involved in diagnosing individuals who are blind or experience low vision.

Brain Injury
A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal functions of the brain.  Individuals who survive a TBI may have effects that last a few days or for the rest of their lives.  Effects of a TBI can impact thinking or memory, movement, sensation or emotional functioning.  Brain injuries can also impact academic abilities such as vocabulary, writing, or spelling.   

Deaf/Hearing Impairment
Hearing impairment is a term used to describe a wide range of hearing losses including deafness.  It can affect individuals of all ages and can occur at any point in life from before birth to adulthood.  Licensed Audiologists are the primary professionals involved in diagnosing individuals who are deaf or have a hearing impairment.

Learning Disabilities
A learning disability is a neurological disorder that cannot be cured or fixed.  Individuals with learning disabilities may have difficulty reading, writing, spelling, recalling information, etc.  Examples of learning disabilities include: dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, etc. 

Mental illness is a term that defines a broad range of mental or emotional conditions.  A psychiatric disability is used when a mental illness significantly interferes with a major life activity such as learning, thinking, working, sleeping, communicating, etc.  Examples may include: major depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, etc.  Mental illness often forms between ages 18-25 and often leads to challenges in post-secondary education plans for students.

Physical, Health, and Systemic Disabilities
Physical, systemic, or health-related disabilities include, but are not limited to, mobility impairments, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, chemical sensitivities, spinal cord injuries, cancer, AIDS, Muscular Dystrophy, and Spina Bifida. Physical or health-related disabilities or systemic illnesses requiring academic accommodations require documentation from a physician in an appropriate medical specialization.

Speech/Language Impairment
Speech and language impairments are one or more speech/language disorders of voice, articulation, rhythm and/or the receptive and expressive processes of language.  A current comprehensive Evaluation Report is usually determined by an educational speech language pathologist.

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Campus Accessibility Maps

See campus maps that indicate accessible entrances.


Assistive Technology

Explore assistive technology options to help with your accommodation needs.


Request an Interpreter

Link to Sign Language Interpreter Request Form.

Contact Us

Melanie Matthews, LSW
Student Support Manager, 
Disability Services
Office: 1-401
320-308-5096 or 1-800-222-1009 - TTY users dial MN Relay at 711
Fax:  320-308-5981 Attn: Disability Services
Email: acc@sctcc.edu


Lisa Miller, M.Ed.
Accommodations Specialist,
Disability Services 
Office: 1-460
320-308-5757 |acc@sctcc.edu

The Academic Case Manager at SCTCC is responsible for meeting individually with students to develop the Accommodations Plan, which includes the reviews of the Application for Disability Services and the supporting documentation from professionals.  Additionally, the Academic Case Manager assists SCTCC students in overcoming specific barriers through programmatic efforts and referral to supportive services within both the college community and the larger community in which the campus resides.

The Accommodations Specialist at SCTCC is responsible for working with students to implement their individual/specific accommodations outlined in the Accommodations Plan.  General responsibilities include securing alternative format texts for students, proctoring exams in SCTCCs testing rooms, and assisting with note taking services for students.  Additionally, the Accommodations Specialist provides resources to faculty/staff and assists with various programmatic efforts.