Northeastern Junior College

Disability Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section #504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC), coordinates NJC’s efforts to provide full access to educational, cultural and other programs sponsored by the college for any qualified student with a disability. NJC is committed to providing services to assure an accessible environment for students with disabilities. The Transition Specialist whose office is located in the CLC, will discuss concerns about disabilities and consider the obligation to academic accommodations for all qualified students.

NJC’s services include assistance to students with documented disabilities that affect academic achievement, including learning disabilities. Students who are unsure about the necessity for assistance are encouraged to speak to the Transition Specialist.
A student with a disability must make his or her needs known to the Transition Specialist. Students are responsible for providing evidence of a condition that requires academic accommodations or assisting aids.

How Does a Student Receive Services?

Disability Support Services are obtained through the Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC), located in the Monahan Library of Knowles Hall. There are various factors involved in determining a student's eligibility. To receive services and accommodations at NJC or to get information regarding eligibility of services, a student must notify the institution's Transitions Specialist and initiate the process for determining their eligibility for accommodations.

How are disability accommodations determined?

The Transition Specialist is responsible for determining a student’s eligibility for disability services. There are various factors involved in determining accommodations for each eligible student, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the student’s diagnosis and documentation of strengths and weaknesses.

Accommodation Guidelines

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section #504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the CLC coordinates the efforts of Northeastern Junior College to provide full access to educational, cultural and other programs sponsored by the college for any qualified student with a disability.

To receive accommodations at NJC, a student must provide current documentation from an appropriate licensed professional regarding their disability and its impact in an academic setting. Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) and 504 Plans are accepted by NJC as relevant documentation, although these documents do not guarantee any specific accommodation.

Sufficient documentation must:

Northeastern Junior College has the right to deny any request for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary services if the documentation demonstrates that they are not warranted, or if a student fails to provide appropriate documentation.

The cost of obtaining documentation is the responsibility of the student. If the initial documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability and reasonable accommodations, NJC has the discretion to require additional documentation, which cost is also the responsibility of the student.

General services for students with disabilities includes academic counseling, academic advising, consulting with faculty regarding educational needs of students, community referrals, information on community resources, general guidance, and evaluating assessments and other documentation to determine reasonable accommodations.

Examples of Possible Accommodations:

(Specific accommodations depend on the disability, how an individual is affected by their disability and other regulations of current laws and legislation.)

Examples of Modifications that are not typically offered at NJC:

The purpose of accommodations is to allow the student to demonstrate his or her knowledge of the subject matter rather than measure the disability. Accommodations are not provided to lower program and/or class standards, but to “level the playing field” and prevent intentional or unintentional discrimination against persons with disabilities.

Rights and Responsibilities

In addition to providing notification and documenting the need for accommodation(s), students with disabilities also have the following rights and responsibilities:



What Are the Differences Between High School and College Disability Services?

Services that are provided in High School to students with disabilities can be different from those that are offered in College. There are variations in governance and student responsibility. Understanding these differences can contribute to student success. Learn more about the differences between high school and college disability Service here.

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