Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S)

Other Disabilities

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

 

Definition

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a chronic neurological condition characterized by problems with attention, focusing and persistence and often, but not always, hyperactivity.  ADD/ADHD must be diagnosed by a medical doctor, psychiatrist or licensed psychologist.

Accommodations

The following are possible accommodations for ADD/ADHD after verification of disability.

  • Testing Accommodations
  • Extended time
  • Distraction-free environment
  • Tape recording of lectures/notetaker

 


Psychological Disabilities

 

Definition

According to Title V, a psychological disability is defined as a persistent psychological or psychiatric disorder, or emotional or mental illness.  A psychological disability must be verified by an appropriately licensed or certified professional (licensed psychologist, psychiatrist or MFCC), and the accommodations for the students with psychological disabilities must adhere to disability-related support services defined in Title V regulations and may not include psychotherapy.

Accommodations

The following are possible accommodations after verification of disability:  

  • Testing Accommodations
  • Extended time
  • Distraction-free environment
  • Tape recording of lectures/notetaker

 

Other Disabilities

 

Definition

This category includes all students with disabilities as defined, especially those who do not fall into any of the previously discussed categories, but who indicate a need for support services or instruction (Title V).  this includes medical and physical disabilities such as acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), chronic pain, diabetes, environmental illness, cardiac disorders, multiple sclerosis and muscular distrophy.

Accommodations

Special accommodations are not always needed for students who have "other" disabilities.  Students should meet with a DSPS Counselor to discuss their specific situation and needs.

The following are various accommodations that might be appropriate:

  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Counseling
  • Note taking
  • Testing accommodations

NOTE:
Due to legal responsibilities, policy requires that a member of Police Services be summoned in case a person on campus has a seizure with convulsions.  Therefore students with seizure disorders are advised to identify themselves to NVC's Health Services Department by scheduling an appointment with the Nurse Practitioner.  This appointment will inform students of the campus policies and procedures as it relates to assisting a student who has a seizure while on campus.