North Carolina Public Universities’ Disability Support
A lot of times students simply don’t know how to get involved with their school’s disability support services because not all colleges do a great job of advertising them. Then on top of that, many students feel too shy or self-conscious to talk about their learning differences with advisers or other academic personnel. But fortunately all public North Carolina universities have disability support that you can take advantage of if you are eligible.
Below I have listed all 16 of North Carolina’s public universities with links to their disability support departments and a description of what exactly they have to offer. So if you are a high school student still searching for the best college fit for you, definitely factor in the amount of support each school gives compared to how much you feel you will need. For me, it was the number one reason why I chose my college, and I have never once regretted my decision. Also, if you are already in college, don’t waste another minute struggling through your classes on your own. Contact your support office!
Appalachian State University
“The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is consistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), it is the policy of Appalachian State University that no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance. ODS works diligently to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided equal access at Appalachian State University.
ODS assists eligible students and employees with documented disabilities by determining and coordinating reasonable academic or workplace accommodations. Under Section 504 and the ADA, reasonable accommodations are determined individually and are intended to minimize the effects of the impact of specific limitations caused by a disability in order for a qualified individual to have equal access to programs, services and activities.”
East Carolina University
“East Carolina University seeks to comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Students requesting accommodations based on a disability must be registered with the Department for Disability Support Services.”
“The Department forDisability Support Services (DSS) is responsible for ensuring that individuals with disabilities have access to reasonable accommodations and services. Registration with DSS is required if the individual wishes to access reasonable accommodations.”
Elizabeth City State University
“Elizabeth City State University’s Student Support Services Program is designed to provide academic support services to one hundred and seventy-five eligible students to enhance their academic skills, increase their retention and graduation rates, facilitate their entrance into graduate and professional programs and foster an institutional climate supportive of success of low-income and first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities. In conjunction with and in addition to the services provided by the University for all its students, project participants will be provided with intensive supplemental services in instruction, practice and application opportunities in freshman seminar and study skills, personal counseling and academic advisement services, tutoring and mentoring programs, financial aid counseling, financial literacy skills, and exposure to cultural/enrichment activities, all of which will foster an institutional climate supportive of success.”
Fayetteville State University
“Student Support Services is a TRIO Program that serves students who are low-income, first-generation college students, and disabled. The program provides academic support services and activities that will enhance students’ academic skills and improve their retention and graduation rates. Our goal is to improve students’ retention and graduation rates and the overall college experience of students.”
“Fayetteville State University’s Student Support Services Program is administered by the Office of Special Programs. The Program is funded by a Federal Grant from the U.S. Department of Education and is designed to provide academic support assistance to students who are enrolled at the University. Fayetteville State University is strongly committed to fostering an institutional climate that is supportive of the needs and success of student enrolled in the Program.”
NC Agricultural and Technical State University
“All disabilities are medical conditions, but not all medical conditions are disabilities. To be eligible for services, students must provide medical documentation that provides information about a substantial limitation to one or more major life activities, specifically as it applies to meeting the demands of University life, in and/or out of the classroom. Although some disabilities do not change over time, the medical documentation must address the student’s current level of functioning. IEP’S and 504 Plans, although providing historical evidence of services and accommodations, are generally not considered sufficient to make a student eligible for services in post-secondary education. However, in all situations, every student will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
The Office of Veteran and Disability Support Services (OVDSS) provides services and reasonable accommodations to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate / professional students with disabilities. Equal access is an institutional commitment, and the Office of Veteran and Disability Support Services seeks partnerships throughout the University to achieve that goal.”
North Carolina Central University
“Students with documented disabilities are entitled to receive appropriate modifications under the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act of 1990, The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. NCCU is obligated to assure that programs and facilities of the University are accessible to students with disabilities. The Office of Student Support Services works with students to provide services and accommodations that ensure students with disabilities have equal access.”
NC State University
“The Disability Services Office (DSO), a part of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, collaborates with students to determine reasonable accommodations to ensure equal opportunity. The DSO works with departments throughout the University to assure that the programs and facilities are accessible to every student at NC State.
NC State is committed to providing all students with equal access to educational programs, services and activities. Explore the links at the left to find information on receiving accommodations and services at North Carolina State University. Students who have, or think they may have, a disability (e.g. mental health, attentional, learning, vision, hearing, physical or systemic) are invited to contact the DSO to arrange a confidential discussion”
“The University of North Carolina at Asheville is distinctive within the public higher education system of North Carolina. Its primary mission: to offer an undergraduate liberal arts education of superior quality for serious students. Through Disability Services, the university seeks to meet individual needs by coordinating and implementing internal policies regarding programs, services and activities for individuals with disabilities. The office functions as a source of information, educational outreach and advice, as well as a communication link among individuals with disabilities, faculty and staff, rehabilitation agencies and the community at large.”
“Important Reminder—Disability documentation and requests for reasonable accommodation(s) should be received at least 4–6 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. This is to assure services can be provided in a timely manner. All information provided to the office will remain confidential.”
“All disabilities are medical conditions, but not all medical conditions are disabilities. To be eligible for services, students must provide documentation that provides information about a substantial limitation to one or more major life activities, specifically as it applies to meeting the demands of University life, in and/or out of the classroom. Although some disabilities do not change over time, the medical documentation must address the student’s current level of functioning. IEP’s and 504 Plans, although providing historical evidence of services and accommodations, are generally not considered sufficient to make a student eligible for services. In addition to the medical documentation, we require that students provide a current impact statement (see the link to the right of this page). The current impact statement is to be completed by the student requesting accommodations/services. Additional statements from others who know the student may be submitted in addition to the student’s statement. In all situations, every student will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.”
“The mission of the Office of Disability Services is to ensure access to academic programs and campus facilities of UNC Charlotte for all individuals. The Office of Disability Services is part of Academic Services. Academic Services at UNC Charlotte enriches the academic community by offering a broad range of initiatives promoting student success, ensuring access, and enhancing the educational experience of all students.”
“The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the US Department of Education is providing the information in this pamphlet to explain the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools. This pamphlet also explains the obligations of a postsecondary school to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services, to ensure that the school does not discriminate on the basis of disability.”
“The mission of Disability Support Services is to create an accepting, accessible community where people’s abilities and disabilities are honored as parts of the human experience. Disability Support Services strives to provide individuals with the tools by which they can better accomplish their educational goals.”
“The policy at The University of North Carolina Wilmington is consistent with the ADA and Section 504. UNCW is open and accessible to students with disabilities. We are committed to providing assistance to enable qualified students to accomplish their educational goals as well as assuring equal opportunity to derive all of the benefits of campus life.”
UNC School of the Arts
“The Office of Learning Support would like to welcome all students to UNCSA. The Office of Learning Support is responsible for all documentation review, accommodation certification and accommodation implementation for new and returning College and Graduate students. High School accommodation requests should be directed to Mr. Brock Snyder, the high school guidance counselor. If you are requesting accommodations, please read the following letter to familiarize yourself with the school’s policies and procedures.”
Western Carolina University
“The Office of ADAPT logo–picture of the universal symbol of disability, man in a wheelchair, breaking free from chains Disability Services at Western is a voluntary program for students with documented disabilities designed to ensure the receipt of necessary accommodations and equal treatment in all areas of campus life. Students are encouraged to be active in the determination of accommodations.
We comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the university policy prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a disability.”
Winston-Salem State University
“Welcome to the Department of Disability Services. If you have a documented disability and are a Winston-Salem State University Student or Employee, this department is here to assist you with any barriers you may encounter while you are here. Disability Services works to ensure all WSSU Faculty, Staff and Enrolled Students have an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of collegiate life. The singular most important issue is equal access. Please take the time to complete the accommodation request form. Once your documentation and request form are received, you will be contacted to make sure this office is clear about how we can be of assistance.”