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NOVA Loudoun to offer “Transitioning Special Ed. Students to College,” Nov. 19

The Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will host “Transitioning Special Education Students to College: Legal and Educational Implications You Need to Know.” This very important event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the Robert G. Templin, Jr. Higher Education Center event space on the Loudoun Campus, 21200 Campus Drive, Sterling, Va. The workshop is intended for students, families, educators, transition specialists and those with an interest in post-secondary special education. Loudoun County and Fairfax County Public School representatives will be available as well as staff members from NOVA Student Services and Disability Support Services. Among the featured speakers will be:

Louis Nuzzo, JD will be speaking about disability law and the difference between secondary and post-secondary education rights and responsibilities for students, the ADA, §§504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the panoply of accommodations available as well as the overwhelming importance of approaching the accommodation problem from a perspective of collegiality and collaboration among students, advocates (parents) disability coordinators and professors when forming an accommodation memorandum of understanding (MOUs) and the notion of when a student should self-identify.

Sajjad Khan, Ph.D. will be speaking about executive function, self-regulation, and the necessary adaptive skills to promote success in the college environment. Often, students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) have received accommodations during high school, which may not be available in the college setting. Dr. Khan will speak about strategies for success in helping students and their families navigate the academic, social, and organizational challenges during the transition to college. He will also cover methods by which students can improve their adaptive skills.

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 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.

Media Contact:  Kathy Thompson | 703.764.0896 | kthompson@nvcc.edu


Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.