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Disability Resources

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NOVA Resources

NOVA is committed to giving every student the support and services they need to pursue their college education and take advantage of all available opportunities. No qualified student with a documented disability shall be denied access to or participation in the services, programs and activities of the college. For information about eligibility, services available, student and parent resources, see the Disability Services Web page.  

The Disability Services Advisory Group of NOVA is interested in providing the resources needed to assist faculty/staff in teaching and accommodating students with disabilities. The following links will assist you in a greater understanding of disability services guidelines.

NOVA Definitions of Accommodations - provides faculty, staff and students with guidelines for some of the most common accommodations provided by NOVA that are listed on the Memorandum of Accommodations (MOA).

Alternate Media Policy - explains what alternate media format is and what students need to do to request alternate format materials.

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NOVA Policy for Service and Guide Animals - establishes rules governing the presence of service animals, service animals in-training, assistance animals and comfort animals on NOVA campuses and in NOVA facilities, and is written in accordance with U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regulations pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Faculty Handbook for Teaching Students with Disabilities

Other Resources:

Ohio State University's Partnership Grant - Fast Facts for Faculty - Information briefs designed to help college and university instructors improve the climate and quality of education for students with disabilities.

DO-IT: Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology – The international DO-IT Center promotes the success of individuals with disabilities in post-secondary education and careers, using technology as an empowering tool.

The AccessText Network - Helps college students with print disabilities by connecting their disability service offices with leading textbook publishers to obtain electronic files. These files are used to create accessible versions of textbooks. Students are encouraged to join the AccessText mailing list to receive future announcements on student resources. If you are a student interested in receiving alternative (electronic) textbooks in college, contact the disability service provider at your college to see if they are an AccessText member. Please note, you must meet the qualification of having a print-related (i.e. mobility, visual and/or reading) disability in order to receive AccessText services.

Bookshare™ - Provides the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities. Individuals can sign up for membership and access the library on their own. Organizations that serve individuals with print disabilities can sign up and provide access to their students or clients. Bookshare™ membership offers unlimited access to accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazines.