Northland collaborates with and empowers students who have qualifying disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act by working together proactively to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodation measures. Northland is committed to providing an equal opportunity to fully participate in its courses, programs, and activities. Students who have a disability and need accommodations in order to attain equal access must register with the Office of Accessibility Resources.
Requesting Reasonable Accommodations
To begin the process, you will need to request accommodations and then submit the required documentation.
Reasonable accommodations are defined as any change in an environment or in the way things are customarily done that enables an individual with a disability to enjoy equal opportunities both in and outside of the academic setting.
- Get started with an accommodation request.
The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) is dedicated to ensuring access and inclusion for all students with disabilities enrolled in Northland College. The office serves students with either temporary or permanent physical, health, learning, sensory, or psychological disabilities.
If you would like to establish services, the Coordinator of Student Accessibility Resources Donna Jones-Ilsley is the first point of entry for you and the place to begin the process of requesting accommodations.
Student counseling is available to help students resolve personal difficulties and acquire the skills that will enable them to take full advantage of their college experience. Our focus is on wellness and assisting students with their personal, developmental, and psychological concerns related to their educational progress and personal growth. Contact Counselor Kathleen Skoraczewski to get started.
Colleges and universities are not required to alter admissions requirements, nor are they required to alter programmatic requirements for students with learning disabilities once they have been admitted. If a course in question is found to be an essential element to the student’s course of study or degree sought, it is unlikely that a waiver or a substitution will be granted. In addition, colleges and universities are not required to provide personal care assistants (PCA’s) for students.
Common Accommodations Include:
- Note takers
- Allowing extended time to complete exams (usually time and a half)
- Providing readers or qualified interpreters (this is a difficult service to provide and takes months of planning). If readers or interpreters are not attainable then comparable arrangements will be made.
- Quiet, non-distracting area to take tests and quizzes
- Alternative tests and quizzes such as oral, dictated, or typed
- Allowing use of tape recording during class
- Use of a laptop to write out exams, papers, or note taking
- Use of relaxation devices to decrease anxiety during tests and quizzes (listening to music)
- Dyslexia: a language-based disability in which a person has trouble understanding written words. It may also be referred to as reading disability or reading disorder.
- Dyscalculia: a mathematical disability in which a person has a difficult time solving arithmetic problems and grasping math concepts.
- Dysgraphia: a writing disability in which a person finds it hard to form letters or write within a defined space.
- Auditory and Visual Processing Disorders: sensory disabilities in which a person has difficulty understanding language despite normal hearing and vision.
- Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: a neurological disorder which originates in the right hemisphere of the brain, causing problems with visual-spatial, intuitive, organizational, evaluative, and holistic processing functions.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder: ASD is a neurodevelopment disorder ranging from mild to severe and characterized by core features of social/communication deficits and repetitive/restrictive behaviors. The source for understanding the exact nature of ASD is the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). The DSM-V combines into one category previously distinct but overlapping subtypes (i.e., Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, and Pervasive Development Disorder). While all people with ASD will share the core features of the disorder, specific manifestations in developmental, cognitive, emotional and/or behavioral domains are unique to each individual.
- Attention Deficit Disorder AD/HD: a diagnosis applied to children and adults who consistently display certain characteristic behaviors over a period of time. The most common core features include:
- distractibility (poorly sustained attention to tasks)
- impulsivity (impaired impulse control and delay of gratification)
- hyperactivity (excessive activity and physical restlessness)
Please keep in mind that the exact nature and severity of learning disabilities/disorders vary from person to person.
- Learning Disabilities Association of Wisconsin
- Learning Disabilities Association of America
- National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
- Association on Higher Education and Disability
- National Center for Learning Disabilities
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association
- LD OnLine
- International Dyslexia Association
- Planning for Life After High School (PDF)
- College Autism Spectrum
- Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology