Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request accommodations?

If you are an accepted and enrolled student of HSC with a diagnosed disability, you fill out an online application and submit documentation supporting your need for accommodations. Guidelines for documentation and even forms your provider can fill out are on the ODA website. Once the application and documentation have been submitted, please schedule an Accommodation Registration appointment with the ODA to discuss your request.

Is there a deadline to request accommodations?

There is no deadline to request accommodations. However, approved accommodations are not retroactive, so it is wise to register with the ODA as soon as possible. Students who wait often express regret for delaying.

How long does the registration process take?

You must complete the entire application process before the ODA can provide academic accommodations. The registration process can take up to 5-7 business days. This can depend on a number of factors such as the nature and complexity of the requested accommodations, the submission and evaluation of supporting documentation, and the availability of ODA staff for scheduling appointments.

I’m unsure if I want or need accommodations, but I do have a disability. Should I register with your office?

Maybe! Registering with the ODA does not mean you will have to use accommodations, but it could be a good idea because should you need to use them in the future, you will have much of the process done. We encourage you to have a confidential conversation with the helpful and friendly staff in our office for more information as it relates to your individual situation.

I received accommodations at my previous institution. Will I receive the same accommodations here?

Maybe! You are welcome to request the same accommodations you received previously when you apply for accommodations at HSC. After you submit your application and documentation, and then meet with us, we will go through an interactive process, looking at your individual circumstances as they relate to your program to determine appropriate accommodations.

If I receive accommodations, will it show up on my transcript or diploma?

We do not share this information on your transcript or diploma.

Am I able to receive accommodations if my classes are all online?

Yes, many online students utilize accommodations.

I think I may have a disability. Do you provide testing?

We do not provide testing on our campus.

Can you help me with a temporary disability or medical condition?

It is likely! Schedule an informational meeting with us to learn more on how we may be able to help with your situation, or follow the registration process.

Is pregnancy a disability?

There is new legislation under Title IX that  provides accommodations for pregnant and parenting students. The waters get a little bit murky with disability. It is possible that pregnancy can create temporary disabilities, and in those cases, the ODA will serve a student. Most students, however, will fall under the protections provided by the new legislation. If you are pregnant please connect with the Title IX office using the following form, not the ODA.

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For more information please see this link: Pregnancy and Parenting Website: Pregnancy and Parenting for Students – Students (

How often do I need to request accommodations?

Students are required to meet with and ODA staff member and request accommodations each semester.

What if I need new or different accommodations later in the semester?

Should your circumstances change at any time, schedule an appointment with us. Please note that new accommodations may require updated documentation from your provider. Accommodations are not set in stone, and your accommodation needs can be addressed as often as you would like or need. We are more than happy to help!

Who should I contact if I have concerns about a building accessibility? 

If you ever have a concern about a classroom or campus accessibility, you can contact Facilities directly by calling them at (817) 735-2181 or emailing them at

I have additional questions. Is there someone I can speak to before deciding whether to register or not?

Of course! Please schedule a confidential, informational meeting with us. We’ll happily answer your questions to help you make the best decision for you.