Disability Services

Guidelines

If you need accommodations for a diagnosed disability, you are responsible for requesting these services from and for meeting with the Disability Services Coordinator. You will need to provide documentation that supports your request for services and to discuss the request, the nature of the disabilities, and individual experiences. Since the provision of all reasonable accommodations and services is based upon the assessment of the current impact your disability on your academic performance, it is in your best interest to provide recent and appropriate documentation that is standardized for use with an adult population. All documentation is treated as confidential and secured in a locked file cabinet on Northeast's main campus.

All documentation should be sent to the Disability Services Coordinator at Northeast Community College, P.O. Box 469, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469.

Purpose

Documentation guidelines are provided to assist students in obtaining appropriate documentation from qualified professionals. Appropriate documentation of a disability is only one part of determining eligibility for services and identifying necessary accommodations.
Documentation is used:

  • To verify the existence of a disability;
  • To assist in the collaborative determination of eligibility for accommodations to include auxiliary aids and services to minimize the impact of a disability.
  • To personalize the student's right to physical and program/instructional access.

The provision of adequate documentation not only provides for the student's right to physical and program/instructional access through appropriate accommodations but also supports Northeast mission to respond to the diverse needs of all students.


Documentation students provide will include the following information:

  • A clearly stated diagnosis from a qualified professional.

  • Diagnostic criteria and evaluation methods used to include procedures, test with scores, clinical narratives, and date evaluation and diagnoses was completed.

  • Functional limitations of the disability and side effects of treatments on academia. A statement of the functional impact or limitations of the disability on learning or other major life activities and the degree to which it impacts the individual in physical and program/instructional access for which accommodations are being requested.

  • If relevant, the prognosis and stability of a diagnosis.

  • Recommendation for accommodations, adaptive equipment and services, and compensatory services in the post-secondary setting with rationale is helpful.

  • Testing and assessments used for diagnosis should be recent enough to reflect the impact of the disability on current life functioning and or age appropriate.

Recent high school graduates should provide a copy of their IEP, MDT, Psychological Test reports, and or other relevant documentation that gives consideration to their current level of functioning as an adult; therefore, testing should reflect they have been compared to an adult population. A student’s Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is typically not sufficient documentation in and of itself.

People with medical and psychiatric conditions should have documentation not more than 6 months old reflecting current limitations and impact of treatment on major life activities such as learning. How current the documentation needs to be relates to the nature and stability of the condition. Disabilities that are sporadic or degenerative may require updated documentation to support changes in accommodations.


Inadequate or Missing Documentation
Northeast has the right to determine the appropriateness of the submitted documentation and request(s) for accommodations on case-by-case bases using the professional judgment of the Disability Services Coordinator and the Dean of Students. Northeast has the right to request additional information to determine eligibility and the appropriate accommodations. If there insufficient documentation, Disability Services will grant limited accommodations supported by the insufficient documentation and or the results of a comprehensive intake interview if the Disability Services Coordinator has reason to believe a disability exists.

When a student does not have the required disability documentation, she/he should make an appointment with Disability Services Coordinator to assist in identifying resources that may aid in getting adequate documentation.

Costs incurred for obtaining appropriate documentation is the student’s responsibility. The college has no responsibility to pay for testing to determine if a student has a disability.

Note: Northeast reserves the right to deny services or reasonable accommodations while the receipt of appropriate documentation is pending if the student has not provided any information to the Disability Services Coordinator that suggest there is a disability that requires accommodations. Students must not only request services but must complete the application process before considerations for accommodations and services are considered.


Disclosure and Confidentiality
Student disclosure of a disability is voluntary. Northeast considers disability-related information as confidential material, and it will not become a part of a student’s academic record at the College. This information will be released only under the following conditions:

  • if required by law
  • with the student’s written consent
  • on a need-to-know basis

Helpful resources:
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/taman2.html#II-3.5000
http://www.vr.ne.gov/index.html




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