Serving Students with Disabilities
The Disability Services (DS) office at North Seattle College (NSC) provides reasonable accommodations so that qualified students with documented disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all of North’s programs, activities, events, and services. DS also provides resources, referrals, and advocacy support as needed.
Students who have a documented disability that impacts their academic performance may be eligible. Students are responsible for self-disclosing their disability to DS and for providing documentation in order to determine eligibility. As responsible adults in the college environment, students with disabilities should contact DS directly. The contact must be by the student and not a representative of the student.
Academic accommodations can be provided if the adjustments are determined to be reasonable and appropriate for the student’s specific disability and its impacts.
Accommodations are individualized for each student, but may include:
- Sign Language interpreters
- Books in Braille or electronic format
- Exam modifications
- Furniture and equipment
- Adaptive software
DS does not share information about a student’s disability with faculty, staff, parents, caseworkers or other individuals without written permission from the student. Additionally, DS cannot confirm whether or not a student is receiving services or disclose information about their accommodations. When talking with instructors, DS discusses only the accommodations that are needed, not the disability itself.
The DS office may be required to release information on a need-to-know basis in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) or WAC 478-140.