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Disability Support Service (DSS)

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.

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.

Beginning with registration for Spring 2016, Disability Services will be using a new system and database. New and returning students please review the video to show you how to use this new system in order to request accommodations.

NVCC Disability Support Service Database Tutorial:

Once you have watched the video, please click on the following link to start the process:


Returning students please follow the same instructions in the video and register in the new system using your myNova ID and password to request a renewal of your accommodations.

We are leaving the old process available until January 2016, at which point it will be replaced with the new process system we just implemented. If you have any questions, please send an email to disabilityservices@nvcc.edu.

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.

Provide Documentation

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: lberluche@nvcc.edu
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Annandale Campus
Room CA 112
Phone: 703.323.3200
Email: tbell@nvcc.edusko@nvcc.eduvwhite@nvcc.edu
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Extended Learning Institute
Phone: 703.323.2404
Email: dhighsmith@nvcc.edu
Loudoun Campus
Room LR 253
Email: rsherrod@nvcc.edu
Phone: 703.450.2590
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Manassas Campus
Room MH 110
Telephone: 703.257.6610
Email: rclarke@nvcc.educesparza@nvcc.edu
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Medical Education Campus
Room HE 202
Phone: 703.822.6633
Email: akallasalleva@nvcc.edu
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Woodbridge Campus
Room 202-E
Phone: 703.878.5760
Email: ppmanuel@nvcc.edu
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Receive Memorandum of Accommodation

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

Please click here to request an interpreter.

Services & Tools

Disability Services College Staff

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

Office of Disability Services
Dr. Estela Landeros, 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
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

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

Resources for Students

Please click here for disability service additional resources.

Resources for Parents

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

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

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.