Disability Support Services (DSS) at NPRC
Disability Support Services (DSS) are available to any student enrolled at Northern Pennsylvania Regional College who has a documented disability. Documentation is required, based on the documentation guidelines and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. DSS provides students with reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to education as intended by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
Examples of accommodations often approved at the collegiate level include but are not limited to:
- Extended test time
- Test readers
- Test scribe
- Priority registration
- Enlarged print
- Sign language interpreter
- Receiving audio/visual recordings of classes
Students wishing to request accommodations do so by filling out the Accommodations Request Form. Once the Accommodations Request Form is received, a meeting will be scheduled with the student by a DSS staff member. It is at this meeting, which may be in-person or via phone or video conference, that the student will discuss with the staff member the disability(ies) for which they are requesting accommodations and the specific accommodations they would like to receive. The student will be provided with the ADA Documentation Form appropriate for their requests at this meeting.
Once the ADA Documentation Form is completed by the student’s healthcare provider and returned to DSS staff, the request will be reviewed and accommodations will be granted or denied. Students will receive this decision in writing via their NPRC student email account. If support services are awarded, students will be provided a letter to present to faculty and staff with a summary of the approved accommodations. It is the student’s right and responsibility to disclose to their instructors if they desire to use the approved accommodations.
Accommodations included within the letter from DSS are valid for one calendar year from the date in which the accommodations are granted. Student disability-related information will be disclosed to any outside organizations only with the student’s written permission. All disability documentation will be retained for a minimum of six years after students leave the College.
- Jennifer Cummings-Tutmaher
- Director of Enrollment and Student Success