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High School Students with Disabilities

As a person with a disability attending college, you are entitled to reasonable accommodations under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act. You are under no obligation to disclose your disability to Special Needs Services or anyone else at the college unless you want accommodations in your classes. All information given to the Special Needs Office is considered private and will not be shared with any other department without your permission. The Goal is EQUAL ACCESS

The Accessibility and Resource Center will work with you to design accommodations that are appropriate and reasonable given your disability and course of study. The process does not guarantee academic success but is designed to give people with disabilities equal access to all programs within the college.

Academic Accommodations Currently Provided: Note takers; audio books; equipment loans; extended time, quiet location, readers if needed for exams; math tutoring; scribes or software to assist in writing essays and papers; accommodated placement testing; ASL interpreting; assistive technology support; and more. Personal attendants are not provided by the college.

You will need to do the following:

  • Provide documentation of your disability: a diagnostic report done in the last 1 year, a note from a doctor or psychologist or other healthcare provider to show proof of disability.
  • Get a copy of your high school IEP or 504 Plan and keep it. It will assist you in getting services as a college student.
  • Contact DVR (Divisional Vocational Rehabilitation) during your senior year to find out what assistance is available.
  • Take the ACT at your high school. Most students do better on the ACT than the ACCUPLACER Placement tests that are given at NNMC. You can take the placement test multiple times; however must pay a fee for repeated testing. NNMC will take your highest score.
  • Get started early on your financial aid applications.
  • Contact the ARC during your senior year to discuss what is available and what you will need when you attend college.

For more information, please contact:
Accessibility Resource Center
Northern New Mexico College
(505) 747-2152

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