Disability Services

Disability Law

Federal law states that "No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States ... shall, solely by reason of ... disability, be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participation in, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

A person with a disability includes "any person who (1) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, (2) has a record of such an impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment." An impairment that is episodic or in remission is a disability if it would substantially limit a major life activity when active.

A "qualified person with a disability" is defined as one . . ."who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission or participation in the educational program or activity. Federal law protects the rights of qualified individuals who have disabilities generally including, but not limited to:

  • Blindness/visual impairment
  • Deafness/hearing impairment
  • Speech and language disorder
  • Learning Disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Seizure disorder
  • Cancer
  • Orthopedic/mobility impairment
  • Cardiac disease
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Tourette's syndrome
  • Psychiatric disability
  • Traumatic brain injury


Under the Provisions of Federal Law

Northeast Community College may not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, educational process, or treatment of students. Students who have self-identified, provided satisfactory documentation of disability, and requested reasonable accommodations are entitled to receive reasonable accommodations, appropriate academic adjustments, or auxiliary aids and services that enable them to participate in and benefit from all educational programs and activities.

Federal law specifies that colleges and universities may not . . . limit the number of students with disabilities admitted, make preadmission inquiries as to whether or not an applicant has a disability, use admission tests or criteria that inadequately measure the academic qualifications of qualified students with disabilities because required accommodations were not made, exclude a qualified student with a disability from any course of study, or establish rules and policies that may adversely affect qualified students with disabilities.


(Note: Federal law referred to includes Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.)

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