Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Engage with Disability Services

There are a variety of opportunities throughout the year in which Disability Services connects with students, staff, and faculty across the district. We offer resources, training, and support.

Jump to Adaptive Technology Exploration (Livescribe, Read and Write Gold, etc)

Students who are just getting started with Disability Services will need to attend an information session.


The point of Dis/Representation is to encourage discourse and increase understanding of disability. This effort seeks to challenge assumptions and break down barriers – to encourage critical thinking, empowerment, and social justice.
Please review the Orientation to the series, as well as the objectives and intentions outlined on our About Us page.

Check out the lineup on the Schedule of Events.

AHEAD Webinar Series

The Association on Higher Education and Disability is offering a year-long line-up of 90 minute webinars that are each scheduled form Noon to 1:30 Pacific. Disability Services will be hosting this series at our Sylvania Campus in CC 260. We invite participation on the part of all who have an interest in these topics. We will also provide time after the webinar for discussion.

October 30, 2014

An ABCD Approach to DS Office Administration

Adam Meyer - University of Central Florida

We often spend so much time focused on day-to-day student meetings and accommodation requests that we can overlook important administrative tasks that support our offices in working effectively within our campus communities. This session will offer a general overview of four key administrative responsibilities necessary for office operational success: Awareness of Culture, Budgeting, Communication and Data Reporting. Why skills in these areas are necessary and general ideas on how to approach each will be examined. Considering these responsibilities from a social model angle will also be discussed.

November 20, 2014

Guiding Faculty toward Access: An Exploration of "Conceptual Change"

Elizabeth Harrison - University of Dayton

Our aim in working with faculty is often to move them to change the way they do things in order to provide access always and in all ways. Why don’t workshop participants and others we talk with readily adopt the disability-related thinking we suggest? That kind of change is difficult because it involves changing our conceptions about the world.   In this session we will explore the idea of conceptual change beginning with the neuroscience of learning and moving to practical suggestions to help DS professionals plan approaches that can bring lasting rather than temporary change—for faculty, students, and ourselves!

January 22, 2015

Getting to ADA Compliance: How a Plan Can Help, Part I (Self-Evaluations)

Irene Bowen–ADA One, LLC 

John H. Catlin–LCM Architects, LLC

Are you serious about knowing whether, almost 25 years after the passage of the ADA, you’ve reached compliance with its requirements, including the 2010 DOJ regulations? One way of finding out, and knowing what additional steps to take, is to develop a self-evaluation and transition plan, or barrier removal plan. This first of two sessions explores why and how to approach a self-evaluation, along with other ways to ensure compliance -- by choosing limited areas to assess, reviewing policies, conducting interviews or surveys, and/or training staff.   A former DOJ official and an architect in private practice, both experienced with a variety of approaches, will present several of them, discuss scope and level of detail, and suggest how you can help get your campus on track. Essential training for ADA Coordinators and others involved in campus accessibility.

February 5, 2015

Getting to ADA Compliance: How a Plan Can Help, Part II (Transition Plans and Barrier Removal Plans)

Irene Bowen–ADA One, LLC

John H. Catlin–LCM Architects, LLC

This session examines the next step: planning for "program accessibility" (for public institutions and those covered by section 504) or for removing barriers (for private institutions) to physical accessibility. What do you need to do to ensure access to your programs "as a whole? " Learn how to use the 2010 Standards, the regulations’ "safe harbors," recent guidance, and proposed federal regulations to get you to accessibility. We’ll hone in on specific areas such as athletics and housing and offer practical suggestions for success.

February 26, 2015

Adaptive Recreations’ Impact on Student Experience and Campus Access

Caleb Paschall, Adaptive Recreation and Exercise Coordinator - Middle Tennessee State University

Dr. Lance Alexis - Middle Tennessee State University

Increasing fitness and activity levels significantly impacts students’ health and independence, and cognitive function, and recreation centers on college campuses are meant to provide opportunities to take advantage of all the benefits a healthier lifestyle brings.   How do students with disabilities that preclude them from accessing traditional exercise equipment and opportunities gain access?   This webinar will focus on the how’s and why’s associated with pursuing accessible recreation options for students with disabilities.

March 5, 2015

A Culture Shift, Moving Beyond Compliance with the ADA

Katherine Betts–The Ohio State University

Enjie Hall–The Ohio State University

Is it possible that attitudinal barriers prevent us from being truly inclusive? There is often a lack of intentionality about including disability as a part of the broader diversity conversation. As a result, microaggressions and environmental factors that create systemic barriers go unnoticed. This results in marginalization and disconnectedness for the disability community. Presenters will help participants recognize bias, create structures for change, and develop allies through an action plan. Audience: Novice

March 19, 2015

Don’t Fan the Flames. Turn Angry Faculty Emails into Positive Outcomes

Adam Meyer–University of Central Florida

No matter what approach you use in communicating with faculty, there will always be those individuals who are not happy with the accommodation process, with the idea of working with students with disabilities and/or working with your office. Many times, these frustrations will be communicated to you by email. Based on tips from a few communication resources and professional experiences, the presenters for this session will offer ideas to give you greater confidence in writing and communicating an effective reply that puts the "fire" out and perhaps wins you an office ally.

April 30, 2015

Disability Studies 101: What Professionals Want to Know

Susan Mann Dolce - University at Buffalo

Participants in this interactive webinar will be able to explain what Disability Studies is, discuss its historical and philosophical origins and why it is important to the DS field.   Specific examples will be provided of ways to use disability studies to inform professional service and develop programs. Participants will be provided with links to resources for learning more, including the series of presentations to be offered at the 2015 AHEAD Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.

May 7, 2015

Gender, Sexuality, and Disability: An Introduction

Jen Dugger – Portland State University

Holly Zuckerman - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Student Panel - Names to be provided

Disability professionals are better equipped to support the diverse needs of their students when they understand more about the various experiences, identities, and issues of importance. Two DS professionals and a panel of students will explore the interaction of gender, sexuality, and disability identities at work, school, and in interpersonal relationships.

Information for Faculty

Disability Services is happy to attend department or division meetings, or to work individually with faculty. Please also see our page devoted to helping faculty acclimate to the online accommodation system

EMAIL disability.services@pcc.edu to sign up for Technology Sessions!

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Technical Assistance and Adaptive Technology Exploration

These sessions explore a variety of tools and Techniques that are available for use through PCC. These sessions may be required for students borrowing equipment from Disability Services, but are also open to staff and faculty and the general student population who are interested in how these technologies work.

Check in with the Disability Services Office Assistants at any campus to verify availability on any particular date. Appointment times are also available upon request.

Participants can learn more about:
  • Read and Write Gold - which supports literacy through multimodal content delivery and other learning tools.
  • Voice Recognition - built into some operating systems, and allows individuals to dictate rather than type.
  • Magnification - built into operating systems, but also available through other software and hardware options.
  • Livescribe - produces multimedia notes, is sold in our bookstore, and is featured in a Disability Services Universal Design Pilot project.
  • AT equipment loaned through the libraries or through DS

Technical Assistance Drop-In Hours for Students - First Two Weeks of Term

Students can get help making online requests for accommodation, downloading alt formats, scheduling exams, and more. Just check in with the Disability Services office to make use of these drop-in hours

  • Rock Creek - Mondays and Thursdays from 9am to Noon
  • Sylvania - Mondays and Thursdays from 1pm to 4pm
  • Cascade - Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am to Noon
  • Southeast - Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm

See our listing of past events