Beginning the week of April 4, through the end of Spring Quarter, we will offer in-person services for those student-facing services four days a week – Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Virtual services will continue to be available for students who choose such services or cannot make it to campus.

In response to COVID-19 and our collective commitment to prioritize the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty at North, most classes are to be delivered online or in alternative formats for the duration of Summer and Fall quarters.

New to DS

Getting Started

To request accommodations please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Submit documentation

Documentation establishes the nature of a disability and/or health condition and how it impacts the student in the educational environment.  For more information, please review the documentation guidelines or give us a call. We would be glad to setup a consult appointment to discuss documentation options. Disability related documentation can be submitted in person to the Student Success Services front desk or emailed to

Step 2: Schedule an Access Planning Meeting (APM)

Once your New Student Access Planning Packet and documentation have been submitted, please contact DS to schedule an Access Planning Meeting (APM) with the DS director. Appointments can be made by either calling the DS office at 206.934.3697 or emailing the DS office at Currently, all APMs are conducted remotely via Zoom. Please email or call DS for more information. You can also visit our Remote Procedures page for updates.

The purpose of the Access Planning Meeting is to engage in an interactive process to discuss with the DS Director how a student’s documented disability impacts their academic performance and to identify appropriate accommodations and/or auxiliary aids that can be implemented to create equal access in the areas where there are barriers caused by a disability.

Academic accommodations will be approved on a case by case basis and are individually designed to create equal access for a student. They can be approved on a provisional, temporary and/permanent basis by DS, and additional or alternative accommodations can be requested/reviewed as a student progresses through their academic pursuits at the college.

Accommodations for placement testing will also be arranged if needed and appropriate.

Step 3: Letter of Accommodation

Once accommodations are identified and approved, a Letter of Accommodation (LOA) will be sent to the eligible student and their faculty members via email. This email explains the accommodations the student will need and any other pertinent information the faculty may need to be aware of to ensure the accommodations are met. The student is encouraged to meet with their faculty as soon as possible to discuss their disability-related needs relative to the design, nature, and intended learning objectives of the individual course in which they are enrolled.

Students are responsible for requesting accommodations each quarter in which they are needed.  Please see our How to Set Up Accommodations.

Some accommodations, such as the placement of adjustable furniture or arranging Sign Language interpreters, are arranged directly by the DS office.

Instructors are not required to provide accommodations until they receive the letter of accommodation. Accommodations are not retroactive.

You are encouraged to review the DS Student Handbook prior to your appointment.