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Disability Support Service (DSS)

  • student communicates using sign language
  • students using a computer with the aid of assistive technology
  • Student works through a handout with the help of an Interpreter

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Welcome to NOVA’s Disability Support Services. Whether you are a new student requesting accommodations for the first time, or a returning student renewing your accommodations, click here. Be sure to watch the instructional video and follow the directions carefully.

If you are a new student, read the Disability Documentation Guidelines. An IEP alone may not be sufficient documentation. If you still have questions after reading the guidelines, contact the Disability Support Services counselor at your campus.

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Support Services Provided

Testing Accommodations

The English and Math placement tests are untimed. If you need other testing accommodations, submit the request for accommodations prior to taking the tests. 

Alternative Text

If you require a screen reader or text-to-speech software, see How to Obtain Textbooks in Alternate Format. The process can take 6 to 8 weeks, so we encourage you to begin the process as early as possible.

Interpreters/CART/FM

If you need a Sign Language Interpreter, CLT, Assistive Listening Device, or Real-Time Captions for classes, click here. If you are a visitor or new student, request your accommodation through the sponsor of your meeting or event.

Accessible Parking

Accessible Parking permits are available through the Virginia DMV. NOVA does not issue accessible parking permits. Parking is FREE with a DMV-issued parking permit.

Emergency Preparedness

If you have mobility challenges or other disabilities that may cause a problem during a campus emergency become familiar with your surroundings and know where to go during an emergency. Please refer to the Emergency Action Plan.

Hosted Programs

NOVA hosts supplemental, fee-for-service programs at selected campuses. Refer to the Hosted Programs fact sheet to see if any of these programs are right for you.

Mission Statement

NOVA is committed to ensuring all students have an opportunity to pursue a college education regardless of the presence or absence of a disability. NOVA makes reasonable accommodations in providing course, program, and building modification, and/or auxiliary aids and services in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. No academically qualified student with a disability will be denied access to or participation in the services, programs, and activities of the College.

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