Disability Services

Accommodations and Services

Accommodations are supports provided to qualified students with disabilities so they have equal access and equal opportunity to benefit from Northeast’s classes, programs and activities. Accommodations and academic supports are not only critical to access but to students’ success. Accommodations are not intended to nor will they be used to give students an unfair advantage.

Reasonable accommodations are designed to help students display knowledge in spite of challenges created by their disability. Accommodating students does not mean setting different standards for them. It means providing students a way to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.

Accommodations

There is no one list of reasonable academic accommodations that will serve the needs of all students with disabilities. Following are some typical examples:

Examination Accommodations

  • Testing in a low distracting environment
  • Extended time—common is 1.5 times (does not typically mean extended preparation time)
  • Oral test to include usage of text to speech recognition software
  • Usage of speech recognition software
  • Use of dictionary or spell checker, rephrasing instructions, and providing materials in alternative formats such as large print

Testing Accommodations coordinated with Northeast Testing Center.

Alternate Media /Text Books in Alternative Format

  • E-textbooks accessible with text recognition or screen reader software
  • Braille, MP3 disc, or audio tapes
  • Course material in accessible electronic format

Classroom Accommodations

  • Copies of Power Point Presentations/ Copies of Class Notes
  • Audio/Video Record Classes
    (The student must provide his/her own recording device and should discuss with the instructor the best placement of the recording device.)
  • Permission to Leave Briefly or Move About in Class
  • Preferential Seating
  • Use of a Laptop or Smart Pen

Adaptive Furniture & Equipment

  • Comtek (FM System)
  • Bariatric Chairs
  • Adjustable tables
  • Table top podium

Adjustments to policies, practices, or procedures and syllabus requirements

Examples: Flexibility in attendance, course substitutions, and extending timelines for completing assignments without grade reduction. Exception to the attendance policy will not be possible in all courses because class attendance is an essential, integral part of some courses. Alternate assignments may be determined appropriate when not in attendance due to medical needs.

Provision of auxiliary aids and services

Examples: Sign language interpreters, closed captioning, scribes, digital recorders, and computer software such as the Kurzweil/ Natural Reader/Dragon Naturally Speaking software

  • Natural Reader and Kurzweil 3000 are examples of text recognition software designed for individuals with learning disabilities or low vision.
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking software is speech recognition software that enables students to write or navigate the computer screen through voice recognition.
  • Other auxiliary aids and services supported by documentation.

Colleges have flexibility in choosing the specific aid or service provided to students, as long as the aid or service selected is effective. Successful effectiveness of the aid and/or service is determined by its success in equalizing the opportunity for a student with a disability.

Sufficient advance notice is required when requesting accommodations. Some accommodations may require a six-week advanced notice to arrange.

Disability Academic Support Services

Current support services available but not limited to the following include:

  • Disability Awareness Counseling in relation to how one’s disability affects participating at college and to assist students in developing social and behavioral strategies to address impairments.
  • Regular appointments to address disability related challenge
  • Assistance with developing learning strategies to work around impact of the disability
  • Assistance with goal setting, problem solving and personalizing organizational tools
  • Assistance with registration
  • Referral to other campus services and appropriate community agencies
  • Referral for diagnostic assessment as necessary
  • Self-advocacy training

Academic

  • Orientation to personalized accommodations and support services
  • Training on the usage of adaptive technology
  • Assistance in arranging for note takers, interpreters, and scribes

Physical

  • Arranging for classroom accommodations and access<
  • Temporary Handicap Accessible parking

Advocacy and Guidance for faculty, staff and students

  • Physical and programmatic access
  • Support and assist faculty in understanding and meeting individual needs
  • Provide information about specific disabilities and related laws
  • Liaison with faculty, high schools, community agencies, and families

Submission of documentation is not the same as the request for accommodations and services; these are two different steps in the process of determination and provision of appropriate accommodations through DS. Students may submit documentation and not complete the application process with Disability Services or obtain Letters of Accommodation(s) and take to faculty for signature and not return them to DS office; until all steps are completed accommodations are not initiated.

Students are provided orientation to services and procedures and trained in the usage of technology and academic supports once appropriate accommodations are determined by the DSC.

Accommodations not provided

The College does not provide services of a personal nature (such as homework assistance or personal tutors) nor does it provide diagnostic evaluations of disabilities. Personal devices such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or glasses, and personal services such as assistance with eating, toileting, or dressing will not be provided.

Personal Care attendants in the classroom or in residential life, need to meet with the DSC to discuss procedures. Students who require personal attendant care are responsible for arranging these services.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Amendments Act (ADAAA), accommodations will not be provided:

  • That result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of a service, program, or activity or in undue financial or administrative burdens.
  • That lower or change classroom standards or program standards. For example, tests will not be easier or harder than the ones classmates are taking.
  • That would change the essence of a program. For example, a person taking a class in small engine repair who has limited use of their hands could not ask to take a written test instead of actually repairing an engine. The essence of the course is to actually repair the engine, not to talk or write about it.

DS staff are anxious to help students not only have access but success in reaching their educational goals. Northeast has the responsibility to provide reasonable accommodations; it is the responsibility of the person with the need to request a reasonable accommodation.

Need help or additional information?

If you need assistance or more information, please contact:

Mary Balaski, Disabilities Services Coordinator

Phone: (402) 844-7343
Toll-Free: (800) 348-9033, Ext. 7343
Fax: (402) 844-7412
Email: mary@northeast.edu
Office: CWC 1263

Section 504/ ADA / Title IX
Compliance Officer

General Counsel and
Vice President of Human Resources
Email: compliance@northeast.edu