Faculty Tips

Please remember to handle student accommodation information in a sensitive & confidential manner.

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 – newer versions may now be accessible!

Available from the NECC Library

Accessible Furniture Accommodation

You may have seen some of the Accessible Furniture that 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.

  • Note Taker’s Payment: note takers can earn up to $125 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 Note Taker.” Please do not mention student names(s) to protect privacy.
  • Send the Note Taker to the LA Center: refer note takers to the Learning Accommodations Center, SC111, to sign up.
  • Connect 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 Textbooks: audio or digital textbooks.
  • Audio Recording Devices: cassette tape recorder, digital recorder, or Livescribe Pen.
  • Calculators: enlarged screen, talking calculators.
  • Enlarged Materials: 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.
  • Magnification Software or Device: screen magnification software, hand held device or use of Video Magnifier-CCTV.
  • Text to Speech options: software that translates text into speech.
  • 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.

Audio-Recording Lectures

Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and The Americans with disabilities Act 1990 (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.

NECC Service Animal Policy

NECC has a posted Service Animal Policy that all Massachusetts Community Colleges have been asked to use by the 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

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 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!

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