The Disability Services Office (DSO) coordinates accommodations to enable students with disabilities to participate fully in the educational experiences available at North Lake College. Students with physical, psychological, sensory or learning disabilities may be eligible for services and/or accommodations. The DSO provides academic advisement, registration assistance, and disability-related information and referrals.
Eligibility for Services
If you are a North Lake College student with a diagnosed disability (physical, psychological, learning, etc.), you might be eligible for services through the Disability Services Office (DSO). In order to receive accommodations, you must submit documentation of your disability. This documentation should be prepared by an appropriate qualified professional and be current, within the last five years. After verification of your disability, DSO specialists will certify your eligibility for services and determine which accommodations are appropriate.
No documentation is typically required by the DSO for visible physical disabilities (e.g. students who are visually impaired or use a wheelchair). However, if you request accommodations that do not seem to be warranted by that particular disability, the office may request documentation from a physician substantiating the need for those accommodations.
For physical disabilities that are not visible (e.g. student with back problems, chronic pain, etc.), documentation is required from a physician. This documentation should include the following:
- Disability/medical condition
- Symptoms and functional limitations of the disability
- Recommendations for accommodations
If the documentation you provide is incomplete, inadequate, or outdated, DSO may require additional documentation in order to determine your eligibility for certain services.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you are required to provide one of the following:
- Audiological evaluation from a licensed audiologist
- Documentation from an agency/professional that will certify degree of hearing impairment
Special Education Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and/or ARDs paperwork might not be accepted as documentation for accommodations. Psychological/Learning Disabilities/ADD/ADHD documentation must be provided by one of the following types of diagnosing professionals:
- Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Educational Diagnostician, or other licensed professional or medical doctor qualified to diagnose psychological disabilities.
Documentation should include all of the following information:
- Diagnosis based on DSM-IV-TR
- Current functional limitations and symptoms
- Recommendations for academic accommodations
Resources and Supplies
DSO provides a variety of assistive technology for students with disabilities:
- Kurzweil Reader
- Dragon Naturally Speaking
- Taped or E-Textbooks
- FM System
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
DSO maintains the confidentiality of student information as required by applicable laws. If you have any questions or concerns regarding documentation requirements, ADA compliance, or any other disability related issues, please contact our office at 972-273-3165.