Welcome to the Northern Virginia Community College Website

Accessibility Navigation:

Disability Support Services (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

Get Started Here

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, start here. Be sure to watch the instructional video and follow the directions carefully.

Disability Support Services will ONLY contact you through your NOVA student email account.

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.

Start Here

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.


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

Become familiar with your campus surroundings in advance and know where to go if you have any disability that could put you at risk during a campus emergency situation. Please refer to the Emergency Action Plan on NOVA’s website and view the video about NOVA Campus Safety.

Disability Documentation

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

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.