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Learning Disability Services
Link to the Handbook for Students with Learning Disabilities

Information for Enrolled Students


How do I receive accommodations for my coursework?

  1. First, register with the Learning Disabilities Office. To register:
    • Provide the appropriate documentation of your disability;
    • Complete the registration and release forms;
    • Meet with the Learning Disabilities Specialist to discuss your request.
  2. The first week of classes, schedule a meeting with the Learning Disabilities Office to get your accommodations letters. These are the official record of your accommodations.
  3. Meet with each of your instructors and discuss with him or her the details of how you will get the accommodations.
  4. Make an appointment with the Center for Access and Assistive Technology to review testing procedures and policies.

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How do I make an appointment with the Learning Disabilities Specialist?

  • Come down to the Learning Assistance Center on the lower level of the Marvin Library Learning Commons and ask the secretary to schedule an appointment for you.
  • Call the secretary at (518) 629-7230 and ask her to schedule you.
  • E-mail the secretary at t.taylor@hvcc.edu. Be sure to give her several dates and times that would be good for you.

When should I see the Learning Disabilities Specialist?

  • At the beginning of each semester for accommodation letters
  • When you need help finding a tutor
  • If you have a particular question or concern that your teacher can’t answer
  • After getting midterm grades
  • When planning your schedule for next semester
  • At least three weeks before finals to fill out final exam schedule form

What other services are available?

Students at Hudson Valley Community College are eligible for a variety of services designed to help them get the most out of their time here. The following are available for all students enrolled at Hudson Valley.

Academic support and tutoring:
Learning Assistance Center
Biology Study Center
Computer Learning Center
Center for Counseling and Transfer

Support for minority students:
Collegiate Academic Support Program

Support for economically disadvantaged students:
Collegiate Academic Support Program (CASP)
Educational Opportunity Program

Career Planning and Placement:
Center for Careers and Employment

Personal Counseling and Psychological Services:
Center for Counseling and Transfer

Transfer Planning:
Center for Counseling and Transfer

Disabilities (other than learning disabilities or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
Center for Access and Assistive Technology


What if I think I have a learning disability?

A learning disability is a breakdown in the way you take in information, sort it, store it, and pull it from memory for use. This is called “processing information.” You may have a learning disability if you have difficulty in one or more of the following areas:

  • Concentration
  • Reasoning
  • Memory
  • Communication
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Math calculation
  • Social skills

A learning disability doesn’t mean that you cannot do college work. It does mean that you may need to spend more time on your coursework or use alternative methods to learn and demonstrate your mastery of the course material.

If you suspect you have a learning disability, contact the Learning Disabilities Specialist in the Learning Assistance Center on the lower level of the Marvin Library Learning Commons. You can drop down to make an appointment or call 629-7230. We can guide you in deciding if you should pursue the testing necessary to determine if you have a learning disability.

For more information, try these Web sites:


What if I think I have Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?

AD/HD is an inability to attend to things effectively. Experts once believed that you outgrew AD/HD, but they now recognize that it is a lifelong condition. You may have AD/HD if you exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty sustaining attention and waiting for a turn
  • Difficulty following through on instructions and in organizing tasks
  • Shifting from one unfinished activity to another
  • Failing to give close attention to details
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Losing things necessary for tasks or activities
  • Blurting out answers to questions before the questions have been completed
  • Difficulty listening to others without being distracted or interrupting

If you suspect you have AD/HD, contact the Learning Disabilities Specialist in the Learning Assistance Center on the lower level of the Marvin Library Learning Commons. You can drop down to make an appointment or call 629-7230. We can guide you in deciding if you should pursue the testing necessary to determine if you have AD/HD.

For more information, try these Web sites: