Essex County College is committed to providing a comprehensive educational experience for students with disabilities.

Essex County College adheres to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act; including the recent Amendments and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination based on disability.

The purpose of Disability Services (DS) is to help students with disabilities to carry out the requirements of their educational objectives with various combinations of assistance. Disability Services in the Office of Student Development and Counseling allows students to overcome barriers.

Support is available to help provide essential services to meet students’ needs. Services are requested voluntarily. Documentation of the nature of the disability is necessary to receive accommodations.

Students who have documented disabilities may receive assistance with:

  • Academic Accommodations
  • Test Accommodations
  • Permission to use technological in-class support (e.g., calculator, tablet, or computer)
  • Modifications of learning strategies
  • Test proctoring
  • Academic Advisement and Registration
  • Referral to Community Resources


“Essex County College does not deny admission to any educational program or activity or deny employment on the basis of any legally protected status or discriminate on the basis of race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual’s genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status or marital status, or any other category protected by law. Essex County College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.”


When should you apply for Disability Services and Accommodations?

Students in need should apply as soon as the semester starts or as soon, they enroll at the college because DS accommodations cannot be retroactive.


Disability Services Application Steps:

  1. Complete the Disability Services Application: Apply online­­ and wait to receive a notification directly from the Disability Services Coordinator. (You must have a valid Essex County College # ID number to apply.)
  2. For a list of applicable documentation please Click Here.
  3. Upload documents: Click Here .
  4. Meet the Disability Services Coordinator: Once documentation is reviewed the student will be asked to schedule a meeting (in person, or via ZOOM) to discuss accommodation needs.



Maria Mercado, Disability Services Coordinator,
The Office of Student Development and Counseling
4th Floor, Room 4122-I

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Phone: 973-877-3071