Northwestern Connecticut Community College is committed to equal access for students with disabilities.
Academic adjustments are provided to students with documented disabilities to allow equal access for academic and campus programs. After the documentation is submitted, the counselor for students with disabilities works with the student to identify appropriate academic adjustments. The final determination of academic adjustments rest with the college based on supporting evidence.
Please note that the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act) does not apply to postsecondary education students. Thus, a special education curriculum is not provided. Students are not eligible for academic adjustments that fundamentally alter the essential nature of a course or program of study. The Student/Parent Transitions Guide provides more information on the differences between providing support services for high school and college.
General Disability Services
- Accessibility information
- Liaison between faculty and students as needed
Specific Disability Services for Students with Documented Need
- Testing accommodations
- Adaptive Technology for use at the college:
Kurzweil Reader, Dragon Speaking Naturally, JAWS, Zoom-Text
- Individual Evacuation Plan
Note: Transportation to the college is the responsibility of the student.
NCCC does not offered specialized tutoring services for students with learning disabilities. However, tutoring is available for various subjects through the Academic Success Center in Founders Hall, Room 307. For more information: click on
For students who are deaf or hard of hearing, information can be found at http://www.nwcc.commnet.edu/cedhh/cedhh_video_blogs.htm
Step 1. Apply for Admissions
Step 2. Review the Documentation Requirements.
Documentation requirements can be downloaded according to the disability: Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity; Autism/Asperger's Syndrome; Blind/Low Vision; Deaf/Hard of Hearing; Learning Disability; Mental Health Disorder; Physical Health. Or, contact Dr. Ruth Gonzalez, Counselor for Students with Disabilities for specific information:
Phone: (860) 738-6315
Step 3: Send Documentation
Send the most recent disability documentation at least 4 weeks before the semester begins (August 1 for Fall Semester and December 15 for Spring Semester) to the attention of:
Dr. Ruth Gonzalez,
Counselor for Students with Disabilities,
NCCC, Park Place East
Winsted, CT 06098
Step 4. Take the Admissions Placement Test
To set up an appointment to take the ACCUPLACER test, contact the Admissions Office at 738-6330 or via e-mail at email@example.com. Since the placement test has no time limit, the academic adjustments of extended time is not needed. If other academic adjustments are required for the test, please contact the Counselor for Students with Disabilities, Dr. Ruth Gonzalez at (860) 738-6307 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an individual appointment for the test.
Step 5. Review Placement Test Results & Documentation
Make an appointment with Dr. Ruth Gonzalez to discuss the placement test results, documentation, eligibility for services, and educational/career goals. The student may choose to register for classes, pay the tuition, and identify academic adjustments at this time. Or, the student can make a separate appointment to identify academic adjustments.
After the Academic Adjustments Form is completed, the student has the responsibility to:
Submit the Academic Adjustment Form to each instructor and discuss your strengths and challenges the first week of class. If the form is submitted later in the semester, the academic adjustments begin the date the instructor receives the form.
Follow through with identified academic adjustments.
a.Students receiving extended time for tests need to follow the Extended Time for Tests Procedures.
Students with disabilities are subject to the same codes of conduct and disciplinary processes as other students. The Student Handbook explains students' rights and the grievance policy.
If you have concerns about the services provided, you may contact the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator, Ruth Gonzalez via email at email@example.com or by phone at (860) 738-6315.
With Support Services...Disabilities Can Become Abilities!
Northwestern Connecticut Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and actvities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies for students with disabilities: Dr. Ruth Gonzalez, Director of Student Development, Green Woods Hall, Room 220. Tel. (860) 738-6315. Email; firstname.lastname@example.org.