Assisted Learning Services

Assisted Learning Services (ALS) is the office dedicated to providing an accessible education to students with disabilities, through the use of assistive technology and accessible textbooks. Resources are customized to meet individual needs, and students who meet with an Assisted Learning Services Counselor and verify eligibility may receive one or more of the following types of assistance:

Types of Assistance


Specialized testing conditions including extra time, readers, writers, large print tests, and use of a computer with text magnification and voice synthesis capabilities. These services are available for classes, as well as for some standardized tests.

Textbooks in Alternate Format

Students who require textbooks in alternate format should check for availability through online resources, such as CourseSmart or Bookshare. If a required textbook is unavailable through those resources, contact the Assisted Learning Services Office. Please request books three weeks in advance to ensure their arrival before the semester begins.

Adaptive Equipment

There is a range of equipment available for use by students with physical or learning disabilities. This includes hardware and software that allows text to be scanned and read back to the user, software that magnifies text on the computer screen, and software that reads or describes most text and icons encountered on a computer screen. This equipment may aid blind or partially sighted individuals as well as those with some types of reading disabilities. Training on some systems may be required. Other adaptive equipment also may be available.


Students who qualify for note-taking assistance will be allowed to use a recording device in classes and may also qualify for a note-taker.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters for the Classroom

Deaf or hearing-impaired students will be provided with ASL interpreters for the classroom.

Reader/Writer Services

Students with documented learning disabilities, visual impairments, or other sensory processing challenges may qualify for a reader during testing. A writer will record information for students with physical or visual impairments, if appropriate technology is insufficient.

Other Learning Resources


In addition to the services provided by the ALS office, HFC is committed to maintaining an academic setting free from unlawful discrimination based on disability and prohibits such discrimination. Learn more about accessibility support at HFC.

Learning Lab

The Learning Lab provides free tutoring for all HFC students.

Media Center

The Media Center in the Eshleman Library provides interactive videos for math, chemistry, and other subjects.

Career Resource Center

The Career Resource Center ( Located in the Counseling Office A-117, Learning Success Center) provides career assessments for vocational exploration.

Contact Information

Assisted Learning Services

Hours during Winter Semester: 
Monday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 6:30pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:30pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Located in A-125

Offers tutoring and assistance for those with special needs.