Students with disabilities, who qualify, are provided with notetakers, testing accommodations, interpreters, taped/electronic texts, and other accommodations necessary to allow full access to the educational opportunities offered at NU.

Academic Accommodations: Academic accommodations specifically address course substitutions and include priority registration.

Classroom Accommodations: Classroom accommodations serve the needs of students during each specific semester.

Classroom Accommodations may include:

  • Interpreter
  • Real Time Captionist
  • Classroom notetaker*
  • A tape recorder in the classroom
  • Assistance in a laboratory setting

*Notetakers: A notetaker is a classmate who volunteers to make copies of their own notes on a regular basis and those notes are made available to the student through SSD. The student may choose to remain anonymous or may sign a waiver requesting to work individually with the notetaker.

Material Accommodations: All materials required for academic classes are prepared in alternative media formats as requested by the student and approved by his/her Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP).

Material Accommodations can include:

  • Braille
  • Electronic-Text
  • Taped Texts

Testing Accommodations: If a student qualifies for testing accommodations, the professor will either arrange accommodations for the student or accommodations will be provided by the SSD office.

Testing accommodations can include:

  • Extended time on tests
  • A quiet, distraction reduced test environment
  • Braille
  • Large Print
  • Taped Exams
  • Reader
  • Scribe
  • Assistance filling out scantron sheets
  • Spelling assistance
  • Interpreter
  • Accessible testing site if other than the classroom
  • Use of a computer or other adaptive equipment

Students are encouraged to meet with the director of SSD in advance to begin the accommodation planning process and make arrangements to secure services.

Interpreting and Captioning Services

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