NORFOLK, Neb. – Northeast Community College will host an informational meeting for those interested in disability services. The Disability Services Information Night will be held Mon., May 22, at 6 p.m., in the College Welcome Center, Room 1108, on the Norfolk campus. In addition, a virtual option will be held later this summer on Tue., June 13, at 6 p.m., for those unable to attend in person.
This event will inform incoming students and their families of the services offered by the Disability Services staff.
Mary Balaski, director of disability services, said incoming students diagnosed with a disability or those who believe they might have a disability, would benefit from learning more about the various accommodations, services and support provided by or coordinated through Disability Services.
“Participating in this meeting is an important step toward preparing students for a successful college experience,” Balaski said. “According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, students with disabilities achieve greater success at a community college.”
Incoming and current Northeast students with chronic health conditions, and students who have benefited from special education programs or were served under 504 plans in high school, are encouraged to attend and bring with them a family member and/or friend. Any individual who has an ongoing medical condition that may affect their participation in their college coursework and/or employment, is also encouraged to attend.
At the meeting, incoming students will be informed of procedures to follow in order to receive accommodation that will allow them to fully participate in courses, services and activities. Current Northeast students will share information about accommodations, academic supports, and assistive technology they have used to remove and/or work around barriers as they navigate college.
Before the meeting, representatives from the TRIO program will be available to meet with students from 5:30-6 p.m. To be eligible for the TRIO program, a student must be one of the following: a first-generation student where neither parent has a four-year degree, meet income-eligibility status based on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services criteria, or have a documented disability.
Northeast's financial aid office will also remain open until 6 p.m., to meet with students and parents.
To learn more about Northeast’s Disability Services office, visit northeast.edu/support-services/disability-services.