Guide For Students with Disabilities
Naugatuck Valley Community College is committed to providing equal education opportunity and full participation for qualified students with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), ADA Amendments Act of 2011, and Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Download Guide.
Vince McCann Disability Services Coordinator
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00a-4:00p (later appointments available upon request)
Disability Disclosure Process
- The process is voluntary.
- New Student Disability Intake Form
- Continuing Student Disability Request Form
- You must submit paperwork validating all disabilities (including but not limited to medical, mental, health, vision, hearing, autism spectrum and attention deficit disorders) and all learning disabilities to the Accommodate portal (see links above).
- Documentation should be current and relevant and include a description of the disability and its functional/educational limitations.
- Schedule an appointment to meet with the disabilities contact to determine individual academic adjustments.
- Academic adjustments will only be provided to those students who have completed this process.
- Academic adjustments are not retroactive.
- View the Disability Services Fact Sheet
- View the College Activity and Program Accessibility guidelines
- Contact Mary Mays at
- Contact Disabilities Testing at 203-596-8608 to take an exam in our Disabilities Testing Center, K519D.
Appropriate Documentation for Services
- Documentation must come from an authorized agency, individual or medical source. It must be written on letterhead and include the names, titles and professional credentials of the evaluators.
- The diagnosis of the disability should be clearly indicated. The documentation must describe the disability and explain how this condition may affect a student in an academic setting.
- Psychological /Educational evaluations, Neurological evaluation or Certificate of Blindness should be shared with the Disabilities Services Coordinator if available.
- The documentation may also suggest reasonable adjustments that may be necessary to assist the student in an academic setting.
- The documentation must be current (usually defined as within the past three years). Students without documentation can bring the Request from Provider Form to be completed by their provider to receive reasonable accommodations.
Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination
Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination: Naugatuck Valley Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, sex, national origin, marital status, ancestry, disability, including but not limited to present or past history of mental disability, learning disability or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or genetic information in treatment or employment at the College, in admission or access to the College, or in any other aspect of its programs and activities. In addition, the College does not discriminate in employment on the additional basis of veteran status or criminal record. The College is required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (Age Act), and their respective implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35 and 34 C.F.R. Parts 100, 104, 106 and 110, not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin (Title VI); disability (Section 504/Title II); sex (Title IX); or age (Age Act). Inquiries concerning the application of each of the aforementioned statutes and their implementing regulations to the College may be referred to the applicable College Coordinators: Kimberly Carolina, CSCU Manager of Equal Employment Opportunity,
Academic Adjustments for Students with Disabilities
Please note that this list is not exhaustive. Only students who complete the Disability Disclosure Process will be eligible to receive appropriate adjustments as determined by their disability coordinator. Please
Adjustments for Placement Testing
- Submit current and relevant documentation validating the disability to Vince McCann, as described above.
- Meet with the disabilities contact to complete disclosure process to determine the adjustments, auxiliary aids, or support services required for placement testing.
- Complete required paperwork to submit to the placement testing coordinator.
- Adjustments are not retroactive.
Assistive technology is available at the following locations on campus.
- Academic Center for Excellence (ACE): Zoom text, JAWS and an Optelec magnifier
- Center for Academic Planning and Student Success (CAPSS)
- Zoom text and JAWS Full suite of equipment available in the Max R. Traurig Library
Disability Services FAQs
Contact for All Disabilities:
Vince McCann, M.S.
Campus Disability Coordinator
The Office of Disability Services is committed to helping students make the most of their academic experience. As such, we provide a variety of different adjustments including, but not limited to: extended testing time, oral testing and assistive technology. All services are free and each student is evaluated on an individual basis. Please see the "Academic Adjustments" section above for a more comprehensive list of available adjustments.
Yes, adjustments are available for test takers who complete the disability disclosure process prior to scheduling an appointment with the testing coordinator. Please see the "Academic Adjustments" section above for more information regarding adjustments and placement testing.
It is recommended that students submit their paperwork validating their disability upon enrollment at NVCC. They may submit documentation at a later date, however academic adjustments are not retroactive.
Students receiving extended time will take their exams in the Disabilities Testing Center located in Kinney Hall, Room K519D.
All students enrolled at NVCC are eligible for free tutoring services in the Academic Center for Excellence. Please note that these services are for all students and are not exclusive to those students with documented disabilities.