NORFOLK, NE – Northeast Community College will host an informational meeting for those interested in disability services. Disability Services Information Night will be held Tuesday, May 21, at 6 p.m. in the College Welcome Center, Room 1108, on the Norfolk campus.
This event will inform incoming students and their families of the services offered by the Disability Services staff.
Mary Balaski, director of Disability Services, said incoming students diagnosed with a disability or those who believe they might have a disability, would benefit from learning more about the various accommodations, services and support provided by or coordinated through Disability Services.
Incoming and current Northeast students with chronic health conditions, and students who have benefited from special education programs or were served under 504 plans in high school, are encouraged to attend and bring with them a family member and/or friend. Any individual who has an ongoing medical condition that may affect their participation in their college coursework and/or employment, is also encouraged to attend.
“Participating in this meeting is an important step toward preparing students for a successful college experience,” Balaski said. “According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, students with disabilities achieve greater success at a community college.”
Incoming students will be informed of procedures to follow in order to receive accommodations that will allow them to fully participate in courses, services and activities. Current Northeast students will share information about accommodations, academic supports and assistive technology they have used to remove and/or work around barriers as they navigate college.
Before the meeting begins, from 5:30-6 p.m., representatives from the TRIO program, an academic assistance program designed for low-income, first-generation college students or students with a disability, will available to meet with students.
Northeast’s financial aid office will remain open until 6 p.m. to meet with students and parents.