North Central College - Naperville, IL

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is disabled under the law?
  2. What kind of documentation does Academic Support accept?
  3. I have an IEP or 504 plan. Is that acceptable documentation for accommodations?
  4. How recent does my documentation have to be?
  5. How do I get accommodations?
  6. I would like to only use my accommodations during finals week, can I do that?
  7. I think I have a disability but I have never been tested?

 

  1. Who is disabled under the law?

    North Central College is committed to providing equality of opportunity and meaningful access for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This means a student who would like to receive accommodations has to meet certain requirements. The qualified student has to have a disability and is substantially limited in major life activities. Disability: Someone who has a physical or psychological condition which substantially limits one or more major life activities; has record of such impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment.
    Major Life Activity: Includes major bodily functions such as normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, immune system and reproductive functions. As well as other major life tasks such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, concentrating, thinking, learning, and working.
    Substantially Limits: Unable to perform a major life activity of significantly restricted as to the condition, manner or duration under which life activity can be performed when compared to the average person. Also can include chronic conditions that are episodic or in remission.

  2. What kind of documentation does Academic Support accept?

    Students seeking support services under the ADAAA may have adequate documentation on file in Academic Support in a timely manner in the process of gaining  accommodations. Students should not assume that this disability information is known to Academic Support merely because the student’s application indicated the presence of a disability, or another office such as Residence Life or the Wellness Center was notified. Although documentation can be from a variety of sources, it must be from a competent credentialed authority who can address the functional limitations due to the disability and its impact in an academic setting. The law stipulates that in the post-secondary setting, a student does not qualify for services until they have registered with the disability office and have been certified for eligibility. Retroactive accommodations are not made.

    The following forms may be used to obtain documentation from a qualified specialist:

  3. I have an IEP or 504 plan. Is that acceptable documentation for accommodations?

    An IEP or 504 plan is a piece documentation for accommodations. Students are encouraged to bring whatever documentation they possess in order to discuss reasonable accommodations.

  4. How recent does my documentation have to be?

    The provision of all reasonable accommodations and services is based upon a case-by-case assessment of the impact of the student’s disabilities on his/her academic performance and/or college participation at a given time in the student’s life. Therefore, it is in the student’s best interest to provide relevant and appropriate documentation.

  5. How do I get accommodations?
  • Students will receive a structured interview with a member of the Academic Support Center. Our first priority is to get to know each student individually to determine appropriate accommodations and suggest helpful strategies and resources. Students should be prepared to discuss diagnosis, functional limitations, past use of accommodations and desired accommodations. This interview must be scheduled before the student receives accommodations at North Central College.
  • Students need to provide documentation from a qualified provider. Third party documentation material can be helpful for this discussion. When possible,  the student is encouraged to provide documentation before the structured interview. Documentation may include a diagnosis, how the condition or impairment impacts the student’s functioning and/or learning and recommendations for specific accommodations to reduce the impact. Any additional documentation needs will be determined after the initial exchange.  
  1. I would like to only use my accommodations during finals week, can I do that?

    Yes, a student can choose when and where accommodations are used. However, the request for such changes in accommodations should be made at least two weeks in advance of the need for accommodations in order to have time to set up the accommodations.

  2. I think I have a disability but I have never been tested?

    For students attending North Central College without documentation but suspected of having a disability, outside referrals for comprehensive evaluation are available through the Academic Support Center. The testing cost is the financial responsibility of the student.