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Disability Support Service (DSS)

Introductory paragraph

NOVA serves a large population of students who receive disability-related accommodations. Among those students are individuals attending classes on-campus as well as online, students actively involved in campus organizations and leadership positions, community activities and job responsibilities.

NOVA is committed to insuring all students have an opportunity to pursue a college education regardless of the presence or absence of a disability. NOVA will make 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 shall be denied access to or participation in the services, programs and activities of the College.

Learn about what you and your child can expect as he/she transitions from high school to college in the Parent's Welcome Letter.

Accessible parking spaces are available on each NOVA campus. Please contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain a permit.

VPT English and VPT Math are untimed. If you have other needs that require academic accommodations for a placement test at NOVA, please complete the processes described below for requesting accommodations PRIOR to taking your placement test. To ensure timely implementation of accommodations students are expected to request accommodations at least three weeks in advance, particularly during peak registration times. Peak times are during July-August and December-January. 

Request for Math Substitution

NOVA rarely grants a substitution in transfer (AA/AS) degrees for the math requirement for many reasons (there is more flexibility in AAS/AAA degrees because the minimum degree requirements state that a student must have math or science and it’s up to the faculty to decide which is more appropriate for a particular curriculum in those degrees).

First, NOVA’s minimum degree requirements include math because they reflect both SACS and VCCS standards. When senior institutions consider NOVA students for transfer, they assume the integrity of our degrees because NOVA has made that promise to them, both in policy and in practice.

Second, many of the senior institutions won’t accept NOVA’s graduates without math. George Mason has been very specific about this. No math equals no admission, regardless of the reason. Failure to meet NOVA’s degree requirements voids the guaranteed admission agreement for those students.

Finally, even though NOVA understands that many students have been exempted from math in the K-12 system, when we review the psychoeducational evaluations, we often see that the evaluator said that "math will be difficult for the student and that s/he will need additional support". NOVA can provide that support through tutoring, math centers and reasonable accommodations. Also, many evaluators report that the student is unable to do higher-level math. MTH 151-152 is not classified as higher-level math, and that is the required sequence in many transfer degrees. Where higher-level math is required, it's an essential element of the curriculum (such as engineering or computer science), and no substitution is possible.

Students can petition for a substitution and the committee will consider the request carefully based on each student’s individual needs. Students must provide supporting documents, including current psychoeducational evaluations, that clearly outline a math disability with recommended accommodations.

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities.


Complete Intake Packet

If you require an alternate format of the Intake Packet, please contact a Disability Services Staff member from the list below.

It is the responsibility of the student to obtain additional information or testing if it is required to determine eligibility for accommodations. NOVA does not provide testing/formal assessment of disabilities or reimburse students who complete testing through a community provider. A list of community testing providers is available through the campus Counseling Centers. NOVA will accept evaluations from all qualified professionals and do not specifically endorse the providers listed on the referral list.
complete intake packet

Provide Documentation

Students who provide documentation, but do not complete the intake process, are not eligible to receive accommodations. In such cases, a Disabilities Services Counselor will make a reasonable effort to contact the student. If the student does not respond within 30 days or chooses not to complete the intake process, the student’s disability documentation will not be retained.

 All information obtained in diagnostic and medical reports will be maintained and used in accordance with applicable confidentiality requirements. College policy reclassifies any student not enrolled for three full years as inactive. Records of inactive students will not be retained.
provide documentation

Contact Disabilities Counselor

Contact a Disability Services Counselor at the campus of your choice to request an appointment. Deaf or hard of hearing students should contact NOVA’s Interpreter Services Office.

Disability Services Staff

Alexandria Campus
Telephone: 703.933.1840
Email: Latacha Berluche
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Annandale Campus
Room CA 112
Telephone: 703.323.3200
Email: Tracy Bell, Susie Ko, Vicky White
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Extended Learning Institute
Telephone: 703.323.2404
Email: Dr. David Highsmith

Loudoun Campus
Room LR 253
Email: Rosa Sherrod
Telephone: 703.450.2590
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Manassas Campus
Room MH 110
Telephone: 703.257.6610
Email: Asante Clarke, Corey Esparza
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Medical Education Campus
Room HE-202
Telephone: 703.822.6633
Email: Donna Smith
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Woodbridge Campus
Room 202-E
Telephone: 703.878.5760
Email: Pamela Manuel
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Make Intake Appointment

If you are approved for accommodations, the counselor will provide you with an official Memorandum of Accommodation (MOA).

During the intake process a NOVA Disability Services Counselor will review your documentation and discuss your need for accommodations. If you are approved for accommodations, the counselor will provide you with an official Memorandum of Accommodation (MOA). The final determination of appropriate accommodations rests with a NOVA Disabilities Services Counselor. Students have the right to appeal this determination; see Student Complaint and Grievance Policy in the NOVA Student Handbook.
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Receive Memorandum of Accommodation

Provide your MOA to the instructor of each class in which you wish to utilize any of your approved accommodations. You may also need to provide a copy of your MOA to the NOVA Testing Center if you will be utilizing any testing accommodations.
receive memorandum of accommodation

Services and Tools

Disability Services College Staff

Office of Disability Services
Dr. Estela Landeros Dugourd, Director
Telephone: 703.764.5032

Office of Affirmative Action, Minority
and Legal Affairs

Everett Eberhardt, Director
Telephone: 703.323.3006
Email: Everett Eberhardt

Interpreter Services Office
Telephone: 703.323.3187 (V/TTY)
Cell: 703.975.4772 (calls and texts)

Dr. Joan Ehrlich, Coordinator of Interpreters
7630 Little River Turnpike, Suite 306
Annandale, VA 22003-3796
Telephone: 703.323.3187 (V/TTY)
Cell: 703.975.4772 (calls and texts)

Interpreters: Kelsea Lee, Dr. Katie Faust, Cynthia Ragen

Assistive Technology Coordinator
Telephone: 703.323.3349
Email: Stephanie Gernert

Anmarie Kallas, Disability Services Counselor
Pauline Rose Moore, Disability Services Counselor, Career Services

Requesting Technology

To request installation of a specific software program click here.
requesting technology

Requesting Interpreters

Please click here to request an interpreter.
requesting interpreters

Resources for Students

Please click here for disability service additional resources.
resources for students

Resources for Parents

Transition Guide for Parents of Students with Disabilities:

Differences between K-12 and College

This document provides parents with a comparison chart about the differences in the processes between K-12 and college accommodations according to ADA and IDEA.

Resources for Faculty and Staff

Please click here for faculty disability resources.

Please click here for current technology tools available at NOVA.
resources for faculty and staff

Helpful Programs and Websites

There are a variety of helpful programs and websites available to college students, including many that are tailored to students with disabilities. For example, programs like note-taking, speech-to-text, study skills, text-to-speech and more. The websites include topics on specific disabilities, accessibility features of electronic devices, important college skills (note-taking, studying, time management, etc.). Click here to check out these websites. If you are interested in helpful apps for Android, Apple and Windows devices, please click here.

Accommodation Statement

Northern Virginia Community College makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you need an accommodation to attend a NOVA event, submit your request to