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Student Disability Services

Welcome and thank you for your inquiry about our services for students with disabilities. NCC is committed to being accessible for students with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended.  Registration with our office is completely voluntary, confidential, and distinct from the admissions procedure.


The ADA considers a disability to be a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.  Students with disabilities that have been diagnosed by a qualified professional, can provide record of such an impairment, or evidence that they have been regarded as having such an impairment, may be eligible for services depending upon documentation provided by the student.


Services are determined on a case-by-case basis. Student Disability Services is an interactive process.  This interactive process is one in which a student and the SDS Coordinator determine whether there are effective academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids that can enable the student to perform the essential academic requirements. The interactive process should involve open dialogue that allows for full participation of both the student and the SDS Coordinator. This process involves self-advocacy on part of the student and empowers the student to take an active role in developing the strategies that work best for you.


Due to the high demand for services and the nature of certain disabilities, students are advised to contact the coordinator of services for students with disabilities and provide documentation well in advance of the beginning of the semester to allow time for documentation review, consultation, and planning (at least six weeks’ notice is recommended). While every reasonable effort will be made to arrange academic adjustment(s) (aka: accommodations) in a timely manner, insufficient advance notice may impede service delivery.

For an appointment students may call (203) 857-6840, email, or come to Student Disability Services located in the UBS Student Success Center, Room E107 on the East Campus. Students who have questions related to the Americans with Disabilities Act are advised to contact Dr. F. Apfel, Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities as well.

In addition to the services available to all NCC credit division students, which include:

  • Academic Advisement
  • Career Counseling
  • Educational Counseling
  • Personal Counseling (limited)
  • Referrals to Outside Agencies
  • Study Skills Workshops
  • Tutoring

The following services may be available for students with disabilities, based on documentation and within the parameters outlined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended:


Student Disability Services at colleges are significantly different from High School special education services.  As an orientation for you we have inserted the following links for you to review before contacting our staff.