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Accessibility & Accommodations

Northwest is committed to giving students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in the University’s programs, courses and activities. OEA provides accommodations at no cost to any student who has a documented disability as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Accommodations afford students equal opportunity to participate in the University's programs, courses, and activities.

What is Considered a Disability?

A disability is a condition that substantially limits "major life activity," such as walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning. ADA laws protect:

  • Visual impairments (legally blind, progressive vision loss, etc.)
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Mental/Emotional health conditions (depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, personality disorders, etc.)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Brain injuries, epilepsy
  • Autism, Asperger's Syndrome
  • Mobility (paraplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, etc.)
  • Other (cancer, diabetes, food allergies, etc.)

This list is not exhaustive. If you have a disability that you feel would qualify you for accommodation, or if you need assistance in determining if you may qualify, please contact us.

How We Help

Our department provides a range of accommodations, including, but not limited to: 

  • Test accommodations (examples: extended time, minimal distraction)
  • Alternate format texts & materials
  • Course substitutions
  • Classroom changes
  • Early registration
  • Note takers
  • Sign language/oral interpreters
  • Referrals to other services and programs

Important Links

Office for Equity and Accessibility

Accessibility Coordinator
Patricia Wyatt
Email ADA  
Center for Accessibility & Accommodations 
Email Proctor