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Disability Support Service (DSS)

NOVA serves a large population of students who receive disability-related accommodations.

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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 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 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 July thru August and December thru January. 

Request for Math Substitution

NOVA rarely grants a substitution in transfer (AA/AS) 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).

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 made that promise to them in policy and in practice. Many of the senior institutions won’t accept NOVA’s graduates without math. George Mason is 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.

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 she/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
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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.

Provide Documentation
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Information about what documentation is required can be found on the Intake Packet (see above). 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.

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.

Alexandria Campus
Phone: 703.933.1840
Email: Latacha Berluche
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Annandale Campus
Room CA 112
Phone: 703.323.3200
Email: Tracy BellSusie KoVicky White
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Extended Learning Institute
Phone: 703.323.2404
Email: Dr. David Highsmith
Loudoun Campus
Room LR 253
Email: Rosa Sherrod
Phone: 703.450.2590
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Manassas Campus
Room MH 110
Telephone: 703.257.6610
Email: Asante ClarkeCorey Esparza
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Medical Education Campus
Room HE 202
Phone: 703.822.6633
Email: Anmarie Kallas Alleva
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Woodbridge Campus
Room 202-E
Phone: 703.878.5760
Email: Pamela Manuel
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Receive Memorandum of Accommodation
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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.

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.

Requesting Interpreters
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Please click here to request an interpreter.

Services & Tools

Disability Services College Staff

Office of Affirmative Action, Minority & Legal Affairs
Everett Eberhardt, Director
Room LR 253
Phone: 703.323.3006
Email: eeberhardt@nvcc.edu

Office of Disability Services
Dr. Estela Landeros Dugourd, Director
Phone: 703.764.5032
Email: elanderos@nvcc.edu

Disability Career Services
Pauline Rose Moore, Disability Services Counselor

Assistive Technology
Stephanie Gernert, Coordinator
Phone: 703.323.3349
Email: sgernert@nvcc.edu

Database Manager & Captioning Quality Control
Cheryl Gault, Coordinator
Email: cgault@nvcc.edu

Web Accessibility & Alternate Format
Tim Ferebee, Coordinator
Phone: 703.323.2325
Email: tferebee@nvcc.edu

Captioning Services
Gladis Gonzalez, Coordinator
Phone: 703.764.5084
Email: ggonzalez@nvcc.edu

Interpreter Services Office
Dr. Joan Ehrlich, Coordinator
7630 Little River Turnpike, Suite 306
Annandale, VA 22003-3796
VP: 571.989.1922
Phone: 703.323.3187 (V/TTY)
Cell: 703.975.4772 (calls and texts)
Email: interpreters@nvcc.edu

Staff Interpreters:

Technology Tools
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A list of some of the technology tools available at NOVA can be found here.

Resources for Students
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Please click here for disability service additional resources.

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 & Staff
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Please click here for resources for faculty working with our students with disabilities.

Accommodation Statement

NOVA makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you need an accommodation to attend a NOVA event, please submit your request to disabilityservices@nvcc.edu.