Spring 2020 classes have resumed online.
Please visit dcccd.edu/coronavirus for additional information and to learn how to prepare for online classes.

Disability Services

The Disability Services Office at each college offers a variety of accommodations for students with disabilities or special requirements. Services are coordinated to fit individual needs and may include:

  • Sign language interpreting
  • Computer-aided real-time translation (CART) services
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader/scribe services
  • Use of assistive technology
  • Loan of specialized equipment such as audio tape recorders and talking calculators
  • Providing large-print materials

Academic and career advisement services, testing arrangements, registration, and information and referral services are available.

Students requesting services are responsible for providing current educational or psychological/medical documentation from a qualified professional verifying disability and need for services. New students are encouraged to contact the Disability Services Office at least one month before classes begin.

Students with disabilities attending college have a right to appeal decisions concerning physical and academic accommodations by submitting a written petition to the designated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator. For more information, contact the Disability Services Office.

Links for More Information

Disability Services Office

  • North Lake College
  • A 428
  • NLCDSO@dcccd.edu
  • 972-273-3165
  • 972-273-3489 (fax)
  • Office Hours:
    • Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.;
    • Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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.

Documentation Require​ments

​​Physical Impairments:

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.

Hearing Impairments:

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you are required to provide one of the following:

  1. Audiological evaluation from a licensed audiologist
  2. Documentation from an agency/professional that will certify degree of hearing impairment

​​Psychological/ADD/ADHD/Learning Disabilities:

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
  • ZoomText
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • Taped or E-Textbooks 
  • CCTV
  • TTY
  • FM System
  • JAWS​
Do you need immediate help meeting basic needs, like finding food or a place to live? We can help through the Connections program. Find out how we can help you through Connections.

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.

Free, online mental health screenings

The Counseling Center has partnered with Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH) to allow North Lake students and employees to take a free, anonymous Online Mental Health Screening for symptoms of concern such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and more. The screenings are meant to help you decide if consulting with a mental health professional would be beneficial to you. The results obtained are not formal diagnoses and not intended to replace professional discussions with a counselor.