Disability Services

Providing learning opportunities for all students.

Advisement and Counseling

Disability Services (DS) Specialist work together with students, faculty, and staff to ensure students with disabilities have equal access to all Northeast programs, facilities, technology, services and activities. Students are provided with appropriate academic adjustments, accommodations, auxiliary aids and services that are necessary to afford the student with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in Northeast’s programs, courses, activities and services. Current and prospective students are encouraged to contact the DS office as far in advance as possible to request and register for services.

If you answer YES to one or more of the six questions, you may benefit from a Disability Services.

  • Do I have a physical, mental, or emotional disability that affects my ability to study, learn, process information, or to access classrooms, facilities and resources, or otherwise limits or interferes with my abilities to be a successful student?
  • Do I have problems studying, learning, processing information, concentrating, remembering or getting things done even though I have never been diagnosed with a disability?
  • Did I need or did I use accommodations in high school or on a job?
  • Do I avoid reading because I do not seem to understand when I read something the first time?
  • Did I have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan in high school?
  • Do I take medication or receive treatment for an ongoing health condition?

If you are a prospective student, when scheduling a visit to Northeast, please request a visit with the Disability Services Coordinator.

New students may benefit from reading Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education, a U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights brochure designed to help students understand the transition from the IDEA to the ADA as amended.

Accommodations and Services Overview

Appropriate accommodations are provided for individuals with diagnosed disabilities who request and apply for services.  Students who desire accommodations because of a diagnosed disability that impacts a major life activity, such as but not limited to learning, reading, concentrating, communicating, seeing, hearing, thinking, standing, and lifting must provide documentation of their disabilities. Student needs are assessed on an individual basis and requests for accommodations must have documentation to substantiate the need.

Students with disabilities may not require the same accommodations throughout their college courses and will vary according to how she/he is functioning at that time. Accommodating students with disabilities does not mean setting different standards for them. It may mean allowing students to demonstrate what they know in a mode that fits their needs; testing with extended time in a lower distracting environment; adapting classroom presentations, assignments, activities and administrative procedures to ensure an accessible educational environment; or allowing the use of adaptive equipment such as tape recorders, Smart Pens, iPads, voice amplifiers, or FM Systems. For students with disabilities, these accommodations are critical to success in school.

Students must request and review services/accommodations each semester with the DSC or DS assistant coordinators.

Students who seek accommodation are expected to assume primary responsibility for their academic and personal needs. DS staff will provide referrals to and assist with coordinating with campus and community based resources and services.

Students must be registered with DS in order to obtain services including, but not limited to:

  • Placement testing with reasonable accommodations, if needed
  • Reasonable classroom accommodations
  • Textbooks in an alternate format
  • Assistive technology
  • Residential Life Accommodations
  • Specialized advisement and academic supports/coaching
  • Referral to agencies such as the VR, Assistive Technology Partnership, Liberty Centre, etc.

Service Animals

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Need help or additional information?

If you need assistance or more information, please contact:

Mary Balaski, Disabilities Services Coordinator

Phone: (402) 844-7343
Toll-Free: (800) 348-9033, Ext. 7343
Fax: (402) 844-7412
Email: mary@northeast.edu
Office: CWC 1263

Section 504/ ADA / Title IX
Compliance Officer

General Counsel and
Vice President of Human Resources
Email: compliance@northeast.edu