The NPC Disability Resource and Access Office (DRA) is responsible for coordinating support services for students with disabilities under the Carl Perkins Vocational Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
A wide variety of support services are available through the DRA office to facilitate equal access to NPC classes and activities for students with disabilities. Services are determined on an individual basis and are provided at no charge for eligible students. Be sure to read about the differences in services for students with disabilities in high school and college.
Examples of services that may be provided:
- Assistance and advocacy with NPC faculty and staff;
- Referral and coordination of services with appropriate local, state and federal agencies/programs;
- Adaptive equipment and materials;
- Note-takers, scribes and use of audio recorders;
- Extended time on exams and other testing accommodations;
- Assistance with class registration;
- Campus/center orientation;
- Sign language interpreters for deaf students;
- Printed materials in audio or alternative formats.
Northland Pioneer College embraces both the letter and the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act, its amendments and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The purpose of these laws is to create an environment of equal access for students with disabilities.
Students become eligible for services by:
- Completing a DRA application and releases of information (See Application Materials & Forms tab on this page);
- Submitting disability documentation;
- Meeting with an academic adviser and enrolling for classes;
- Meeting with the DRA Coordinator (contact information above) each semester to discuss accommodation needs.
Any student interested in receiving academic accommodations can start by submitting these five forms prior to meeting with DRA Coordinator.
- Application for ADA Services Form: Web-based or Printable PDF
- Student Responsibilities
- Release of NPC Student Information
- Release of Disability Information
- Request an Accommodation (Webform)
Additional DRA Forms & Resources
This image is of a student who is blind, and with the help of his sight guide, hiked to Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon in October 2010. The hiker had to trust that his sight guide would keep him on the trail. The accomplishment was all his, but the trust in his sight guide was as essential as sturdy hiking boots. NPC's service guidelines are our way of providing accurate information so that you can trust that the services provided by NPC embrace both the spirit and the letter of disability law in higher education.
Each link provides information and guidelines regarding DRA services.
How often should a student meet with the DRA Office?
Typically, a student should meet with the DRA Office each semester or whenever a change is made to their classes in which they are receiving academic accommodations.
What documentation is considered disability documentation?
Disability documentation is any document that includes your diagnosis and current limitations. If your disability, such as a learning disability, changes over time, then you will need to have documentation that is less than three years old.
What if an instructor believes that one of their students has a disability?
Instructors can inform students about the Disability Resource & Access Office. It is up to the student to decide if they want to utilize any academic accommodations. An instructor cannot provide any accommodations until receiving an accommodation contract from the DRA Office.
Is it okay for a student with a disability to not utilize DRA Services?
Yes. The student has the right to choose whether or not to use academic accommodations, but must meet the same expectations as any other student.
Do DRA Accommodation Contracts cover every class for the length of the time the student attends NPC?
No. The accommodation contracts are only valid from the date they are written to the end of the semester for that one class. Students need to meet with the DRA Coordinator each time their classes or their accommodation needs change.
- For NPC Faculty: Access Accommodation Letters