Disability Services


Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, considering the disability and course requirements. To implement the appropriate accommodations, students are provided training once accommodations are determined appropriate.  Common academic accommodations include, but are not limited to:

Alternative Test Taking

  • Testing in a low distracting environment
  • Extended time—typically 1.5 times
  • Oral test
  • Use of dictionary or spell checker, rephrasing instructions, and providing materials in alternative formats such as large print

Text Books in Alternative Format

  • Braille, e-text files, MP3 disc, or audio tape

Adjustments to policies, practices, or procedures and syllabus requirements

  • Examples: Flexibility in attendance, course substitutions, and extending timelines for completing assignments without grade reduction.

Provision of auxiliary aids and services

  • Examples: Sign language interpreters, note takers or scribes, tape/digital recorders, and computer software such as the Kurzweil/ ReadPlease.
  • ReadPlease and Kurzweil 3000 software are designed for individuals with learning disabilities or low vision. Both of these programs are available on all computers in the Library, many of the labs on the college campus and the education centers, and on computers in the residence hall.
  • Kurzweil 3000 computer software programs (http://www.kurzweiledu.com/downloads_kez3000.aspx) enable students to access written material on the computer by listening to it read aloud and/or by following along the highlighted text. ReadPlease (http://www.readplease.com) and Natural Reader (http://www.naturalreaders.com) are free downloads that highlights and reads aloud text.
  • Other accommodations that are supported by documentation.

Accommodations not provided

  • Personal devices such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or glasses, and personal services such as assistance with eating, toileting, or dressing will not be provided. Students who require personal attendant care are responsible for arranging these services.
  • Accommodations that lower or change classroom standards or program standards will not be provided. For example, tests will not be easier or harder than the ones all students are taking.
  • Accommodations 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.

Helpful Information

  • When registering for classes, it is a good idea to let your advisor know that you are a student with a disability; however, typically, there is no need for students to reveal their specific diagnoses.
  • Instructors do not need to provide accommodations for students until they receive verification that the student has a disability communicated to them when they receive a Letter of Accommodation.
  • Apply for services early each semester—four to six weeks before classes start. If you do not enroll with the DS office a minimum of four weeks before the semester starts, some accommodations may not be ready until after classes are in session. Some accommodations take weeks to coordinate and put in place.
  • Requesting an accommodation or identifying oneself as having a disability is voluntary.
  • Reasonable accommodations are individualized to the person and the situation. Reasonable accommodation need not be the best accommodation available, as long as it effectively provides meaningful access to the program or activity.
  • Additional support services are available to all Northeast Community College students.
  • Submission of documentation is not the same as the request for services; these are two different steps in the process of determination and provision of appropriate accommodations through Disability Services. Students may submit documentation and not complete the application process with Disability Services for accommodations or obtain Letters of Accommodation(s) and take to faculty; until all steps are completed accommodations are not initiated. Accommodations can be provided on a temporary basis until the student provides needed documentation if the Disability Services Coordinator has reason to believe there is an existing disability.

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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