Student with Disability Services and ADA Staff

Ruth Gonzalez

Dr. Ruth Gonzalez,
ADA Coordinator
Green Woods Hall,
Room 220
(860) 738-6315

Dr. Christine Woodcock,
Learning Disabilities Specialist
Green Woods Hall,
Room 211
(860) 738-6318

Downloadable Files and Links

Documentation Guidelines for:

Medical Documentation Form

Mental Health Documentation Form

Academic Adjustments

Faculty Resources

Other Resources




Northwestern Connecticut Community College is committed to equal access for students with disabilities.

Academic adjustments are provided to students with documented disabilities to allow equal access for academic and campus programs. After the documentation is submitted, the counselor for students with disabilities works with the student to identify appropriate academic adjustments. The final determination of academic adjustments rest with the college based on supporting evidence.

Please note that the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act) does not apply to postsecondary education students. Thus, a special education curriculum is not provided. Students are not eligible for academic adjustments that fundamentally alter the essential nature of a course or program of study. The Student/Parent Transitions Guide provides more information on the differences between providing support services for high school and college.

Disability Services:

General Disability Services

    1. Orientation
    2. Accessibility information
    3. Liaison between faculty and students as needed

Specific Disability Services for Students with Documented Need

    1. Testing accommodations
    2. Note-Takers
    3. Adaptive Technology for use at the college:
      Kurzweil Reader, Dragon Speaking Naturally, JAWS, Zoom-Text
    4. Audiobooks
    5. Individual Evacuation Plan

      Note: Transportation to the college is the responsibility of the student.

Tutoring Services

NCCC does not offered specialized tutoring services for students with learning disabilities. However, tutoring is available for various subjects through the Academic Success Center in Founders Hall, Room 307. For more information: click on

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Procedures To Request Academic Adjustments:

For students who are deaf or hard of hearing, information can be found at

Step 1. Apply for Admissions

Step 2. Review the Documentation Requirements.

Documentation requirements can be downloaded according to the disability: Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity; Autism/Asperger's Syndrome; Blind/Low Vision; Deaf/Hard of Hearing; Learning Disability; Mental Health Disorder; Physical Health. Or, contact Dr. Christine Woodcock, Learning Disabilities Specialist for specific information:

Phone: (860) 738-6318

Step 3: Send Documentation

Send the most recent disability documentation at least 4 weeks before the semester begins (August 1 for Fall Semester and December 15 for Spring Semester) to the attention of:

Christine Woodcock, Ph.D.
Learning Disabilities Specialist,
NCCC, Park Place East
Winsted, CT 06098

Step 4. Take the Admissions Placement Test

To set up an appointment to take the ACCUPLACER test, contact the Admissions Office at 738-6330 or via e-mail at Since the placement test has no time limit, the academic adjustments of extended time is not needed. If other academic adjustments are required for the test, please contact the Learning Disabilities Specialist, Dr. Christine Woodcock at (860) 738-6318 or via e-mail at to set up an individual appointment for the test.

Step 5. Review Placement Test Results & Documentation

Make an appointment with Dr. Christine Woodcock to discuss the placement test results, documentation, eligibility for services, and educational/career goals. The student may choose to register for classes, pay the tuition, and identify academic adjustments at this time. Or, the student can make a separate appointment to identify academic adjustments.

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Student Responsibilities

After the Academic Adjustments Form is completed, the student has the responsibility to:

  1. Submit the Academic Adjustment Form to each instructor and discuss your strengths and challenges the first week of class.  If the form is submitted later in the semester, the academic adjustments begin the date the instructor receives the form.

  2. Follow through with identified academic adjustments.

    a.Students receiving extended time for tests need to follow the Extended Time for Tests Procedures.

    b. Students who qualify for note-taking services need to meet with Dr. Christine Woodcock and complete the Note-Taking Request Form before registering for classes.

  3. Students with disabilities are subject to the same codes of conduct and disciplinary processes as other students. The Student Handbook explains students' rights and the grievance policy.

  4. If you have concerns about the services provided, you may contact the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator, Dr. Ruth Gonzalez via email at or by phone at (860) 738-6315.

With Support Services...Disabilities Can Become Abilities!

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Non-Discrimination Policy

Northwestern Connecticut Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, sex, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information or criminal record in its programs and activities.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-­‐discrimination policies: Dr. Ruth Gonzalez, Director of Student Development, (Title IX and Section 504/ADA Coordinator) Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Park Place East, Winsted, CT 06098, Green Woods Hall, (860) 738-6315,

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