Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is disabled under the law?
- How do I get accommodations?
- What kind of documentation does Academic Support accept?
- I have an IEP or 504 plan. Is that acceptable documentation for accommodations?
- How recent does my documentation have to be?
- I would like to only use my accommodations during finals week, can I do that?
- I think I have a disability but I have never been tested?
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.
- Students should complete and submit the following accommodation request form to the Academic Support Center to initiate the process:
- Students need to submit documentation from a qualified provider. Documentation should include a diagnosis, how the condition or impairment impacts the student’s functioning and/or learning and recommendations from the provider for specific accommodations to reduce the impact. Every student is unique and students are encouraged to submit any documentation they have and feel is appropriate. If a student does not possess any documentation, please contact the Academic Support Center for disability verification forms that may be used to obtain the necessary information.
- After the Academic Support Center receives the above materials, the documentation will be reviewed by an Academic Support Center staff member. The student will then be contacted to schedule an accommodation meeting or to request additional information if necessary.
- During the accommodation meeting, the student 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 seeking support services under the ADAAA should 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.
Please contact the Academic Support Center if assistance is needed with obtaining documentation from a qualified provider or if a disability verification form is needed to obtain information from the provider.
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.
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.
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.
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.