Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Disability Services

A message for our students: Due to developments concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19), the office of Disability Services will be providing services differently. We, like you, are transitioning into working differently. We understand that many aspects of your lives have been disrupted and requires adjustments. Going to all online instruction is going to be different for many. For some, adjusting may come easy and for others, it may present some unique challenges. We are all in this together and together we will find solutions. We remain ever invested in your success this semester! Take care and stay healthy!!

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Are we open?

Yes, Disability Services remains open and available for students with disabilities. We will continue provide all services previously provided but all meetings will be done virtually. We are available as well to any current or future student who are requesting services. Please go to the DS web page for more information: Request Accomodations

How will we meet with students?

All meetings will be taking place via phone, email, or zoom (video conferencing). We will not be meeting face-to-face until further notice.

Are your Accomodations still in place?

Yes, your accommodations are still in place! They may look different given all classes are online. This is a good time to review your accommodations and remind your instructors of your accommodations. You may not have used your accommodations when the classes were in the classroom but may want to use them now. If you need reminders of what your accommodations are, the academic access letters were emailed to you at the beginning of the semester or when you started receiving services. We are available to discuss your accommodations and how to they will work for online coursework.

Will I continue to have access to testing accommodations? Will I continue to have access to my textbooks so I can listen to them?

Yes and yes.

What if I cannot figure out how to make a computer program work so I can listen to my test or my textbook?

Inform your instructor and inform Disability Services Staff. Amber is the primary person to contact regarding Disability related technology support. If you have questions about how to access your materials or experiences barriers to accessing your materials, please contact, Amber, the Adaptive Technology Support Specialist.

Amber Willoughby, Adaptive Technology Support Specialist
Call (402) 844-7714 Email

Will training on how to use technology supports still be provided?

Yes! Any services provided on campus will be offered virtually. Check out web page: Assistive Technology Services

  • For our faculty and staff colleagues, please know that we remain equally available to collaborate with you by email and Zoom during this time.

Contact Us

If you have questions about accommodations and or are requesting services, please contact one of the Disability Services Advisors or the Director of Disability Services.

Janet Johnson, Disability Services Advisor
Call: (402) 844-7709 Email:

Connie Meyer, Disability Services Advisor
Call: (402) 844-7700 Email:

Mary Balaski, Director of Disability Services
Call: (402) 844-7343 Email:

If you are a high school personnel, student or parent and want to send IEPs and MDTs, please send information to our Generic Email:

Welcome to Northeast Community College Office of Disability Support Services!

Disability Services

Providing learning opportunities for all students.

Northeast Community College Disability Services is committed to assuring that students with disabilities, regardless of whether they experience a permanent or temporary disability, receive equal, effective, and meaningful access to all campus programs, resources, and services to aid them in reaching their educational and career goals. Disability Services Staff work with students with disabilities who seek academic, housing, or other accommodations for disability-related needs.

Faculty and staff work with Disability Services Staff to create an accessible learning environment so all students can demonstrate their abilities.

Current students to include early college students and prospective students with a disability are encouraged to contact Disability Services Staff to request accommodations and support services. Students requesting are encouraged to make accommodation request known as soon as possible to ensure timely service.

Title IX Pregnancy

Contact Mary Balaski

phone: 402-844-7343
office: CWC 1263
Temporary Accessible Parking Permits

Contact Amber Willougby

phone: 402-844-7412
office: CWC1264
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Facility Accessibility

College facilities are accessible to persons with physical disabilities via ramps, automatic entrances and elevators. Accessible restroom facilities, parking spaces, and water fountains are available.

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Eligibility for Services

Students must show evidence of their status as a person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and its Amendment Act of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and its revision of 1974.

Under those laws, a person has a disability if they have "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (e.g., walking, standing, seeing, speaking, hearing, breathing, learning, working, or taking care of oneself), has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment."

A "qualified person with a disability" is defined as one... "who meets the academic and technical standards as requisite to admission or participation in the educational program or activity."

Transitioning from High School to College

Please read Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education, a U.S. Department of Education and Office for Civil Rights brochure designed to help students understand the transition from the IDEA to the AADA as amended. There is no Special Education at the college level. Educational rights covered by IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act) do not apply to postsecondary education. Colleges must comply with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the civil Rights Restoration Act. College students have civil rights, but no "education" rights.

The WinAhead transition to college publication compares the differences between high school and college settings and looks at the information students, parents and teachers must know for students to be successful in their educational college experience.

What conditions may be considered a disability?

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Blindness/visual Impairment
Cardiac Disease
Cerebral Palsy
Deafness/hearing Impairment
Emotional or Mental Illness
Intellectual Disability
Learning Disorders
Migraine Headaches
Multiple Sclerosis
Muscular Dystrophy
Orthopedic/Mobility Impairment
Pregnancy Complication
Seizure Disorder
Speech and Language Disorder
Spinal Cord Injury
Muscular Dystrophy
Thyroid Gland Disorders
Traumatic Brain Injury
Tourette's Syndrome

Could I benefit from accommodations?

If you answer YES to one or more of the following questions, contact Disability Services (DS) to learn more about accommodations and services.

  • Do I have a physical, mental, or emotional disability that affects my ability to study, learn, process information, or perform well on exams?
  • Do I experience challenges accessing course materials such as on line materials, accessing facilities and or experience barriers to participating in campus activities?
  • Do I have problems studying, learning, processing information, concentrating, remembering or getting things done even though I have no formally diagnosed 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?
  • Do I have a temporary medical condition such as a broken bone, had surgery or an illness lasting longer than a week, or I am pregnant?
  • Am I a veteran with a diagnosed condition?

Employment Information

Employment opportunities for individuals with disability increase with college education. Nearly 2/3 of all job openings in 2020 will require some form of higher education or training.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), states that 26.1% of people with a disability compared to 75. 9% without a disability who completed at least a bachelor's degree were employed in 2014. The BLS report that about 16.4% of those over the age of 25 reporting having a disability obtained at least a bachelor's degree while 25.5% achieved some college or an associate’s degree (2-year degree). It appears students with disabilities have greater success at a community college.

Need help or additional information?

If you need assistance or more information, please contact:

Director of Disability Services

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