Steps to Accessing Accessibility Services

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It is the mission of the CCSNH Accessibility Services to provide equal educational access, opportunities and experiences to all qualified students with documented disabilities who register with each college’s Accessibility Services Office. Reasonable accommodations are provided to students to allow them to achieve at a level limited only by their abilities and not by their disabilities. Assistance is provided in a collaborative way to help students develop strong and effective independent learning and self-advocacy skills, as they assume responsibility for reaching their academic goals.

What is the process to access Accessibility Services?

  1. Contact Accessibility Services for a Reasonable Accommodation Plan application.
  2. Fill out the application, obtain documentation and submit to the Office of Accessibility Services.
  3. If you qualify for an accommodation plan, the Coordinator of Accessibility Services will work with you to complete a Reasonable Accommodation Plan (RAP).

We recognize that needs and barriers can change/evolve as a student progresses through an academic program. If you seek to modify a current accommodation plan, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services to set up a meeting with the Coordinator of Accessibility Services.

When should I contact NHTI about my disability?

Ideally, students with disability should contact Accessibility Services before the start of the term they wish to use accommodations. Students are encouraged to reach out to Accessibility Services 3-4 weeks before the semester starts as the process can take some time to establish.

Do you offer assistance with obtaining assistive technology?

Through our Equipment Loan program, we provide digital recorders, cassette recorders, spell checkers, speaking dictionaries and thesauruses, Bookman, Medspell, Quicktionary Reading Pens, AlphaSmart 2000/3000, SmartPens, regular and talking calculators, Victor Readers and Telex Players. These items are available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additionally, we now have computer based technologies available in the Academic Center for Excellence that include Inspiration (for visually organizing thinking), Kurzweil 3000 system with scanner (text-to-voice software), Zoomtext (print enlarging and text-to-voice software), and Dragon Naturally Speaking (voice-to-text software). We also can provide Magnilink CCTV (magnification system), Teach Logic (amplification system), and COMTEK (wireless listening system). We also can assist in obtaining electronic texts through publishers and Bookshare.

What types of classroom accommodations are considered?

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, or personal care attendants.

Students are required to follow curriculum and conduct code expectations as well as program and technical standards. These are the same for all students. Students are to meet course objectives without course modifications (same assignments and deadlines) and show acceptable academic progress.

What type of documentation do I need to provide?

If you are a recent high school graduate and you had an IEP or 504 Plan:

  • A copy of the most recent IEP/504 AND most recent neuropsychological testing completed while you were in high school.

If you are a high school graduate who graduated three or more years ago & you had an IEP/504:

  • A copy of recent (within the last three years) neuropsychological testing verifying that you qualify for a Reasonable Accommodation Plan in college. The evaluation needs to be completed by a qualified professional.

For those who never had an IEP or 504 Plan in high school:

  • A copy of recent (within the last three years) neuropsychological testing verifying that you qualify for a Reasonable Accommodation Plan in college. The evaluation needs to be completed by a qualified professional.

For those with physical or psychiatric conditions:

  • The Disability Documentation Form (included in the Reasonable Accommodation Plan Application Packet) must be completed by one OR both of the following:
    • your physician (if you have a medical/physical condition)
    • your counselor/psychiatrist (if you have a mental health condition)

Documentation is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Any documentation received by Accessibility Services will be kept confidential and separate from other academic records. If you do not have recent documentation, a list of evaluators can be obtained which will provide a recent assessment at low or reduced cost. NHTI is not required to provide diagnostic testing services.

How will instructors find out about my academic needs related to my disability?

Once you obtain a copy of your Reasonable Accommodation Plan, provide a copy to your instructors and meet with them to discuss how your needs will be met. This process has to be repeated each semester you wish 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.

Please also refer to information posted at www.nhti.edu/student-resources/where-can-i-get-help-my-studies/accessibility-services.

This publication is available in alternate formats upon request. Please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 603-230-4027; tty 603-223-2316.

Office of Accessibility Services
Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)

Library Building
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4027
TTY (603) 223-2316
Fax: (603) 230-9309
nhtiaccessibilityservices@ccsnh.edu