Faculty Tips

Please remember to maintain confidentiality when speaking to students regarding their accommodations. Students are not required to disclose the nature of their disability to instructors.

Please Note: Accommodations are not retroactive. Accommodations will only apply from the date of the Semester Accommodation Meeting, going forward. Accommodations approved will not apply to course work or tests that were required to be completed prior to this.

Accessibility of Digital and Online Materials

Please use and/or design accessible materials in all courses including online, web enhanced, hybrid courses and traditional courses.

Order Accessible Materials: Check with the vendor – as newer versions of digital online or published materials may now be designed with accessibility in mind!

Available from the NECC Library

Contact or Visit: The Center for Instructional Technology, (978) 556-3681.

Accessible Furniture Accommodation

Accessible Furniture has been labeled, tagged and placed in classrooms to accommodate students with disabilities.

  • Please do not allow accessible furniture to be moved out of the classroom.
  • Accessible desks and accessible chairs should remain together.

Accommodation/Service Provider

Accommodations Assistant:

Role might include:

  • Note Taker: takes notes when student is present in class.
  • Reader: reads as needed; does not interpret information.
  • Scribe: writes down what student dictates; student completes all editing.
  • Visual Aide, Computer Aide

Peer Note Taking Accommodations: 

The LA Center hires note takers for students who are approved for this accommodation due to their disability.

  • Peer Note Taker’s Payment: peer note takers can earn up to $150 per course.
  • Training and Materials: we provide “carbonless” lined paper, special note taker notebooks and training.
  • Help Recruit a Note Taker – suggested language: “There is a student in this class that needs a Peer Note Taker.” Please do not mention student names(s) to protect privacy.
  • Send the Peer Note Taker to the LA Center: refer peer note takers to the Learning Accommodations Center, SC111, to sign up.
  • Connect Peer Note Taker with Student – suggested language: “For those that have approved note taking services you can touch base with “Nancy note taker” at the end of the class…”

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology and training available at the Learning Accommodations Center.

Examples include:

  • Alternative Formats for Course Textbooks: common formats include; PDF, MP3, Microsoft Word, RTF/TXT and DAISY files.
  • Audio Recording Devices: cassette tape recorder, digital recorder, or LiveScribe Pen.

Audio Recording Lecture Accommodation:  Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADA-AA) states that students may use digital recorders, smart pens and/or other audio recording devices during class lectures.

The LA Center requires each student to sign an agreement to acknowledge their rights and to protect the rights of the instructor and other students.

  • Calculators: graphing calculator, talking calculator.
  • Enlarged Materials: the Assistive Technology Specialist at the LA Center can assist with enlarging handouts and other class materials.
  • Inspiration: powerful visual-thinking software that helps to clarify and organize ideas and information in preparation for written work.
  • Magnification Software or Device: screen magnification software, hand held device or use of Video Magnifier-CCTV.
  • Text-to-Speech: software that translates text into speech.
  • Speech-to-Text: software that converts spoken word into written text.
  • Use of a Computer: use of WordPad or Microsoft Word.

Attendance/Extended Deadlines Guidelines Flexibility

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADA-AA) recognizes that issues related to disabilities such as chronic medical conditions, conditions that are episodic in nature or conditions that require hospitalization may impact attendance and the student’s ability to meet deadlines and flexibility may be considered appropriate if essential requirements of the course are still being met.

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has provided guidance on how a student is protected under disability law and the important role the instructor plays in determining what is reasonable.

NECC Service Animal Policy

NECC has a posted Service Animal Policy that all Massachusetts Community Colleges have been asked to use by the MA Community College Legal Counsel. Please take a moment to read it over.

The Americans with Disabilities Act’s regulations define “service animal” as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.

Preferential Seating

Common options include: Back Row; Front Row; Near Exit; Near Lights; Near Window.

Testing Accommodations

Please remember to submit exams and STAR proctoring information in a timely manner to the Learning Accommodations Center. Some tests have not arrived on time for the student to take it which can be very frustrating and anxiety provoking to the student.

If the test is to take place in the LA Center: Faculty completes  STAR Envelope/or STAR Form. Indicate the date test must be completed, the amount of time given to other students and what materials the student can bring in testing room. Send/bring/email test to the LA Center lacenter@necc.mass.edu

Reminder: We do have a Courier Service (see STAR Envelope for details).
Note: We do not approve “unlimited time”.

Examples of Testing Accommodations include:

  • Extended Time: the approved percentage (%) of extra time is added to the standard test time.
  • Reduced Distraction: an environment with limited visual and/or auditory distractions.
  • Separate Room: no other testers in the room.
  • Use of Computer: eligible to take test on computer with or without spell/grammar features.

Please call the Learning Accommodations Center (ext. 3654) if you have any questions. Thank you!