Free, Friendly, Confidential Services Available for Eligible Students
Welcome to Accessibility Services – we’re here to support you in achieving your goals at NHTI! You’re encouraged to disclose the nature of your disability to the coordinator of Accessibility Services prior to your first semester at NHTI. The services available to students with disabilities vary according to students’ individual needs. Information regarding your disability is kept confidential.
In compliance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991, NHTI does not discriminate against students with disabilities in terms of program admissions and/or opportunities for academic success.
Accessibility Services can support your goals and program of study through:
- Reasonable accommodation plans
- Academic coaching
- Assistive technology and equipment loans
- Referral for diagnostic testing
- Request for reduced course load
- Verification for health insurance and athletic participation
Am I Eligible?
You could qualify for assistance if you have:
- A diagnosed disability
- A history of a disability, but have not previously received service
- A history of school difficulties
- An undiagnosed learning disability, ADD, or other disability
Documentation is required in all cases; some restrictions apply. Eligibility is determined by the coordinator of Accessibility Services.
- You are given equal opportunity to pursue programs of study and are evaluated with the same course objectives as all other students.
- Accommodations such as extended time on tests and separate quiet test environment may help you achieve course objectives.
- Faculty determine what’s reasonable and are required to assist you if you have a plan.
- Accessibility Services records are confidential and kept separate from the Registrar, Admissions, and other department records.
Documents and Links
- Important Differences between High School and College
- Student with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
- Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators
- Annual Wheelchair Basketball Benefit for the Zech DeVits Memorial Equipment Fund
How to Access Support Services
This information is available in alternate formats upon request. Please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 603-230-4027.
- Contact Accessibility Services for a Reasonable Accommodation Plan application.
- Fill out the application, obtain documentation, and submit it.
- If you qualify for accommodations, the coordinator will work with you to complete a Letter of Accommodation.
We recognize that needs and barriers can change/evolve as you progress through your academic program. If you seek to modify a current accommodation plan, please contact us set up a meeting to go over your needs.
Examples of possible classroom accommodations are extended time for exams, notetakers, or use of a calculator. Accommodations can vary based upon needs and type of disability. Some auxiliary aids that are not considered accommodations in higher education includes, but is not limited to, individualized instruction, modifying curriculum, and personal care attendants.
You are required to follow curriculum and conduct code expectations as well as program and technical standards. These are the same for all students. You are also required to meet course objectives without course modifications (same assignments and deadlines) and show acceptable academic progress.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is your responsibility to submit documentation of disabilities. Appropriate documentation includes:
- ADHD/ADD: Neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluation and/or NHTI Disability Verification Form
- Learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorder: Neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluation
- Physical, medical, and chronic health: NHTI Disability Verification Form
- Psychological: NHTI Disability Verification Form and/or neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluation
- Speech and language: Neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluation
- Traumatic brain injury and other cognitive disabilities: Neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluation and/or NHTI Disability Verification Form
You are encouraged to submit paperwork showing receipt of accommodation at other schools (high school, colleges, or universities) to aid in the process. Also, an IEP or 504 by itself is not sufficient documentation to determine eligibility for accommodations in post-secondary education due to differences between post-secondary education and high school education.
Disability documentation should be current, relevant, and completed by a qualified professional. Accessibility Services reserves the right to request updated documentation to support specific accommodations. Documentation is considered on a case-by-case basis to understand how the individual is impacted by their disability in the post-secondary education environment. Documentation received by Accessibility Services is kept confidential and separate from other academic records.
NHTI is not required to provide diagnostic testing services.
Once you get a copy of your Letter of Accommodation, you will provide a copy to your instructors and meet with them to discuss how your academic needs will be met. This process has to be repeated each semester and for each class where you want to use your accommodations.
Please note: Participation in Accessibility Services at NHTI is voluntary; however, NHTI is required by law to make services available to qualified students. If you choose not to inform your faculty about your needs, they are not legally required to provide accommodations.