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Documentation of a Disability

Students who are requesting accommodations and services from the Center for Accessibility Resources & Services are required to submit documentation of a disability to verify eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.

Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis and upon an individualized review of documentation and all relevant factors.

There is no cost for the provision of these academic accommodations.

General Documentation Guidelines

General Documentation Guidelines

The following guidelines have been modeled after the Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Best Practices for Disability Documentation in Higher Education.

  1. Student’s Self-Report: A student’s narrative of his or her experience of disability, barriers, and effective and ineffective accommodations is an important tool which, when structured by interview or questionnaire and interpreted, may be sufficient for establishing disability and a need for accommodation.
  2. Observation and Interaction: Experienced disability professionals should feel comfortable using their observations of students’ language, performance and strategies as an appropriate tool in validating student narrative and self-report.
  3. Information from External or Third Parties: Documentation from external sources may include educational or medical records, reports and assessments created by health care providers, school psychologists, teachers, or the educational system.

NOTE: All submitted reports become the property of the Center for Accessibility Resources & Services and are kept in a confidential file.

Students should submit copies of documentation, not originals.

Review Process

Review Process

After General Documentation Is Submitted & Reviewed

  • If the student requests accommodations to take the ACCUPLACER information can be forwarded to the Academic Placement & Testing Center.
  • Assessment Waivers: At Northern Essex Community College, certain criteria may exempt a student from the full or partial ACCUPLACER College Placement Test (CPT). This information will be discussed at the Request for Services Meeting (RSM).
  • If the student requests assistive technology software and/or devices as part of their assessment accommodations a referral may be made to the Assistive Technology Specialist .

After Assessment Testing

  • Once a student has taken the NECC Assessment and registered for classes, they must meet with a Disability Services Specialist for a Semester Accommodations Meeting (SAM) to develop a plan for accommodations for each class.
  • The student’s accommodation plan will be emailed to each of their instructors informing the instructors of the student’s classroom and testing accommodations.




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