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Student Access and Accommodations

The Office of Student Access and Accommodations ensures equal access to all New England College programs and activities so that students with disabilities have a similar, if not identical, college experience as their non-disabled peers. The Office leads the NEC community in its commitment to recognizing disability as a valued aspect of diversity; creating inclusive, sustainable learning environments; and facilitating access across all campus activities.

The Office of Student Access and Accommodations partners with NEC students, faculty, and staff to find ways to overcome barriers that may keep students from full participation in the social and academic life of NEC. The Office of Student Access and Accommodations holds the following values:

  • Disability is a social and political concept that includes people with a variety of conditions who share common experiences.
  • Inclusion and full participation are matters of social justice.
  • Design influences the way people are included on a daily basis.
  • Campus design is essential for achieving inclusion and full participation.
  • Creating usable, equitable, sustainable, and inclusive environments is a shared responsibility.

The Office of Student Access and Accommodations works to

  • Help each student develop self-advocacy skills and strategies.
  • Provide timely and equitable accommodations when a barrier is experienced.
  • Promote awareness of disability inclusion and disability laws to students, families, and the NEC community.
  • Keep current regarding trends and issues related to disability, access, and inclusion.
  • Assist students in learning to use adaptive technology and computer software when needed.
  • Provide faculty with resources to make their classes more accessible by design.
  • Provide staff with programs focused on disability inclusion and access as a civil right.
  • Work with all college departments to proactively shape the design of campus environments to be accessible, reducing the need for individual accommodations.

Academic Accommodation Policy and Statement Regarding “Reasonable Accommodations”
FAQ About Office of Student Access and Accommodations at NEC
Grievance Process
Confidentiality Policy
Steps in Accommodations Process
Student Responsibilities Under Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

Student Access and Accommodations

P: 603.428.2302
F: 603.428.2433

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