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Disability Support Services (DSS)

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  • Student works through a handout with the help of an Interpreter

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.

Welcome to NOVA's Disability Support Services

Students Applying for Accommodations for the First Time

Review the Disability Documentation Guidelines. If you have questions, contact Disability Services. Watch the instructional video, then begin the application process by clicking the DSS Application button below.

If you are already registered in a NOVA class, provide your NOVA student email in the application. If you have not enrolled in classes, provide your personal email.

Once you submit your application, you will not be able to log into your account until after meeting with a counselor. To upload documentation, use the link provided in the confirmation email that you receive after submitting your application. Check your emails regularly.

If you do not receive a confirmation email, check your spam or junk folder. If you still haven’t received a confirmation email, contact Disability Services.

After submitting your application, check your email for confirmation and further instructions.

DSS Application

Renewing Accommodations

Returning students must renew their Memorandum of Accommodations (MOA) every semester. Submit your request 24 hours or later after enrolling in at least one class. Allow up to 7 business days for the request to be approved. The approved MOA becomes available for download in the form of a .pdf on the day after final exams end. View the Academic Calendar for important start and end dates. Watch the instructional video and follow the directions carefully. To begin, click the Accommodations button below.


Current Students

If you are a current student, please login by clicking the button below. 

Current Students

Visiting and Consortium Students

A letter of accommodations from your home college should be sufficient documentation. During your intake appointment, the Disability Support Services counselor will let you know if additional documentation is needed. Begin the application process by clicking the DSS Application button below. Watch the instructional video and follow the directions carefully.

After submitting your application, check your email for confirmation and further instructions. 

DSS Application

If you are new to NOVA, and not yet enrolled in classes, please use your personal email to communicate with Disability Support Services. Once you have enrolled in a class, you will have access to your NOVA Student email. DSS will contact you through your NOVA student email account. Here is a tutorial on How to Set Up and Check Your NOVA Student Email.

General Information

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.

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.

Career Connection

Career Connection is a free online career services management system powered by Symplicity. Use Career Connection to build and update your resume and cover letter, access current job and internship opportunities, practice interview skills with recorded mock interviews, register to attend upcoming NOVA career fairs, programs, and workshop, and much more! For more information, visit Career Services or login to Career Connection using your myNOVA username and password.


College Steps

What is College Steps?

The mission of College Steps is to provide support to students who are cognitively and academically qualified to attend college, but may lack the social and communication skills that are necessary for their higher education experience.

College Steps helps students prepare for meaningful careers and autonomy after college. College Steps is a NOVA-hosted, fee-based program that provides specialized resources and supports for NOVA students with social, communication, or learning disabilities. In most cases, community-based resources cover the cost of College Steps.

Dual-Enrolled Students

ALL dual enrolled students wishing to use disability accommodations for the Virginia Placement Test or in a NOVA class must request them through NOVA’s Disability Support Services (DSS) office. This is true for all students wishing to use accommodations whether or not they currently have an IEP or 504 Plan. IEPs and 504 plans are not accepted in NOVA courses or for the placement tests.

This applies to all students, including those taking dual enrollment classes in their high schools. Students using accommodations in dual enrollment classes must provide their instructors with a Memorandum of Accommodations (MOA), which they obtain from NOVA’s DSS office.

Students should be aware that not all accommodations on IEPs and 504 Plans will be approved in college classes. Students choosing to use accommodations without first having them approved by DSS will not earn college credit.

To request accommodations please view the tutorial video. To submit the online application, DSS Application

NOTE: All email correspondence from the Disability Support Services office will be sent to your NOVA student email. Check your NOVA student email throughout the day if you are expecting information from your DSS counselor.

Disability Documentation Guidelines

Make sure your disability documentation is complete and up to date. Check the Disability Documentation Guidelines for more information.

Emergency Preparedness

Become familiar with your campus surroundings in advance and know where to go and what to do during an emergency. Review the Emergency Preparedness Guidelines

Interpreters/ CART/FM

If you are a current student and need a Sign Language Interpreter, CLT, Assistive Listening Device, or Real-Time Captions, contact Interpreter Services. Include the NAME of the EVENT (class, meeting, tutoring, etc.) DAY, DATE, BEGIN/END TIME, CAMPUS, BUILDING, ROOM #.

If you are a visitor or new student, request your accommodation through the sponsor of your meeting or event. 

Testing Accommodations

The English and Math placement tests are untimed. If you need other testing accommodations, you must submit an application for accommodations prior to taking the tests. To begin this process, click on the DSS Application button above.

Visiting, Transient or Consortium Students

If you are enrolled in another college or university where you are receiving accommodations it may not be necessary to submit disability documentation when requesting accommodations at NOVA. A Letter of Accommodations from your other college may be sufficient. The final determination will be made after you submit your application and conduct an intake with a NOVA DSS counselor. For more information view the tutorial video. You may begin the process by submitting the DSS Application.