At Pennsylvania Highlands, we are committed to providing the very best in academic program accessibility by providing appropriate accommodations to students with disabilities.  We seek to empower students to achieve their academic and career goals.

If you have questions regarding Disability Services and accommodations, please contact:

Mike Lucas, ADA Specialist
B125, Richland Campus

Click HERE to schedule an appointment.

Mission and Vision

Disability Services Mission

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Disability Services helps to ensure equal access and opportunity for all members of our community.


Disability Services Vision

Disability Services will work individually with students to understand their strengths and limitations in order to develop the most effective accommodation plan and provide the greatest opportunity for their success.




Recognizing the Standards

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recognizes the standards set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, which are designed to eliminate discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. 

Disabilities may include physical or mental impairments which materially limit one or more of a person's major life activities which necessitate modifications to the facilities, programs, or services of the College.


Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is committed to making reasonable accommodations for qualifying students with disabilities as required by applicable laws.  The College is also committed to making its facilities accessible as required by applicable laws.  The College is not required to make accommodations that are unduly burdensome or that fundamentally alter the nature of the College's programs.



Upon Approval the Following Accommodations Maybe Available

  • Classroom Accommodations:
    • Note Taker
    • Selective Seating
    • Printed Copy of Visually Presented Materials
    • Use of a Tape Recorder 


  • Testing Accommodations:
    • Extended Testing Time
    • Quiet Testing Area
    • Test Reader
    • Test Scribe


  • Assistive Technologies Available:
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking
    • Kurzweil (Text to Speech Software)


Local Resources:

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (Johnstown)
727 Goucher Street
Johnstown, PA 15905
Tel: (814) 255-6771


Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (Altoona)
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
1130 12th Ave., Suite 500
Altoona, PA 16601
Tel: 814-946-7240 (Voice) 


Blind & Visual Services
1130 12th Ave., Suite 300
Altoona, PA 16601


National Resources: 

American Association of People with Disabilities -

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) –

Job Accommodation Network –

National Association of the Deaf -

National Organization on Disability –







Complete the Reasonable Accommodations Request Form and submit to Mike Lucas if you had an IEP in High School or are diagnosed with a disability and need accommodations at Penn Highlands.

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To request services from Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), you must submit the online Pre-Application through PA CareerLink using the instructions in the handout.  Please contact Mike Lucas, ADA Specialist in the Student Success Center at or 814-262-6468 if you have questions.