Guidance for Students with Disabilities

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Guide for students with disabilities

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.
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Terry Latella, M.S.
Counselor for Students with Disabilities
203-596-8608 (p)
Room: K519b
Hours: Mon-Fri. 8-4 p.m., or later appointments can be made
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Disability disclosure process

Disability Services

Disability Disclosure Process

  • The process is voluntary. 
  • 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: Terry Latella
  • 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 
  • View the Exam Adjustment Forms for Waterbury and Danbury
  • Contact Disabilities Testing at 203-596-8608 to take an exam in our Disabilities Testing Center, K519D.


Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination

Naugatuck Valley Community College does not discriminate onthe basis of race, color, religious creed, age, sex, national origin, maritalstatus, ancestry, disability, including but not limited to present or past historyof mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, sexualorientation, gender identity or expression or genetic information in treatmentor employment at the College, in admission or access to the College, or in anyother aspect of its programs and activities.  In addition, the Collegedoes not discriminate in employment on the additional basis of veteran statusor criminal record.  The College is required by Title VI of the CivilRights 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 (TitleII), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the AgeDiscrimination Act of 1975 (Age Act), and their respective implementingregulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35 and 34 C.F.R. Parts 100, 104, 106 and 110, notto discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin (Title VI);disability (Section 504/Title II); sex (Title IX); or age (Age Act). Inquiriesconcerning the application of each of the aforementioned statutes and theirimplementing regulations to the College may be referred to the U.S. Departmentof Education, Office for Civil Rights, at (617) 289-0111 or 5 Post OfficeSquare, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109-3921, or to the applicable CollegeCoordinators who are located at Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 ChaseParkway, Waterbury, Connecticut 06708:  KimberlyCarolina, Director of Human Resources/Section 504/Title II/ADA/Age ActCoordinator, Room K704b, 203-575-8056; Sarah Gager, Dean of StudentServices/Deputy Section 504/Title II/ADA/Age Act Coordinator (Students), RoomK509a, 203-575-8086; Robert Divjak, Director of Facilities/Deputy Section 504/TitleII/ADA Coordinator (Facilities), Room C216, 203-575-8235;  Jacquie Swanson, Associate Director of HumanResources/Title IX Coordinator, Room K704, 203-575-8043 (Rev 3/18/19).

Academic adjustments

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 contact us with questions or for further information. 

Adjustments for Placement Testing

  • Submit current and relevant documentation validating the disability to Terry Latella, 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.

Academic Adjustments for Testing

Academic adjustments for testing may include the following:

Adjustments for the Classroom

You may receive the following classroom adjustments:
  • assignation of a note taker
  • assignation of a sign language interpreter 
  • enlarged type or alternative format of class materials
  • assistive technology (Zoom text and Jaws)
  • lab assistant

Assistive Technology

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

All Disabilities - Terry Latella, 203-596-8608

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.

You can contact us or stop by the Office of Disability Services in Kinney Hall, Room K519.

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