Accommodations for Disability

Northwest Iowa Community College is committed to ensuring equal access and opportunity to qualified students with documented disabilities. The accommodations for disability contact person will serve as a liaison and provide information, coordinate accommodation requests, referral and support.

Accommodations are based on the unique needs of each student with a disability and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Extended time
  • Note taker
  • Distraction free environment
  • Interpreter or reader
  • Barrier removal
  • Audio textbooks
  • Preferential seating
  • Assistive technology

These accommodations are intended to enable students with disabilities to meet the academic requirements through an alternative path, with NO reduction in standards.

Accommodation Request

It is the responsibility of the student to initiate a request for accommodations. It is extremely important for students to contact the accommodations contact person as early as possible to arrange for their needs.

Students who request accommodations must complete the following process.

  • Complete and submit an Application for Accommodations Request
  • Submit Supporting Documentation (choose one)
    • IEP
    • 504 plan
    • Doctor’s note that includes a diagnosis and required accommodations
    • Health Assessment Form filled out and submitted by your provider
  • Submit the completed application and supporting documentation to:
    • Email: Accommodation Services
    • Fax: 712-324-4157
    • Mail: Northwest Iowa Community College, Attn: Accommodations Coordinator, 603 West Park Street, Sheldon, IA 51201.
  • Contact the Accommodations Coordinator to set up a time to discuss coordination of these services.

Contact Us With Questions


Authorization & Request for Release of Records

To secure a copy of your documentation you may need to present the Authorization & Request for Release of Records to your school, AEA, clinic, physician, psychologist, Veteran’s Administration, Rehabilitations Counselor, psychiatrists or other entity which evaluated you and/or holds your documentation of disability.

Documentation of disability(ies) should be conducted by a qualified professional and must outline the recommended accommodations for the disability and how it impacts a major life activity (such as learning).

Beginning with the revisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 2008, test anxiety is no longer considered a disability under federal law. If you are applying for academic accommodations related to anxiety, you must have a diagnoses of an anxiety disorder (such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder) which creates a disability beyond the testing situation.

Completed accommodations requests are evaluated and put into place in a timely manner. Students must request accommodations every semester by meeting with the accommodations contact person.

The NCC curriculum committee has approved the following statement to appear in each course syllabi:

  • Accommodations for Disability: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, students with documented disabilities can pursue accommodations as needed. To assure that accommodations and/or modifications will be available when classes start, students are encouraged to make the request as soon as possible. Students who require some modifications of seating, testing or other course requirements should see NCC’s Accommodations Coordinator.
  • Consultation: Faculty are encouraged to consult with the counselor related to concerns or questions they have related to accommodations.

Academic Support

The following are valuable services which enhance the academic success of all NCC students:

Related Links for Further Information on Disability Topics

Student Accessibility Statement

Northwest Iowa Community College believes that disability is a naturally occurring aspect of humanity’s diversity and is an integral part of society and the college. Northwest Iowa Community College believes in working collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to provide accessible and equal opportunities for all students. Students with disabilities are encouraged to connect with the Student Accessibility Services Office to begin the individualized process of determining reasonable accommodations. For further information, contact the Student Accessibility Services Coordinator, Renee Franklin, at 712-324-5061 ext. 116 or Forms and additional information are available through our website at (on this page).