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Students With Disabilities

Northwestern College is committed to integrating students with disabilities as fully as possible into all aspects of college life. It is our goal to help ensure equal opportunity for self-identified students with documented disabilities. Each student is encouraged to act as his or her own advocate by taking responsibility for securing services and accommodations through the Office of Counseling and Disability Services (OCDS).

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 both prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities by mandating provision of reasonable accommodations to make programs and activities accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Although the Office of Counseling and Disability Services is able to respond to most requests, there are natural and legal limitations to what services can be provided. It is the college's goal to assist students in developing their potential in light of what is feasible and reasonable under the law.

All or some of the following services may be available on an individual basis depending on the specific documented disability:

  • Academic accommodations
  • Accessibility information
  • Advocacy
  • Audiobooks
  • Classroom accommodations
  • Note takers
  • Referral services
  • Scribes
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Test taking accommodations
  • Tutors

The documentation requested by and submitted to the OCDS will provide the basis for granting the appropriate services/accommodations. This office provides assistance and accommodations for students with documented special needs. These may include:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Alcohol and substance abuse recovery
  • Emotional/psychological disabilities
  • Hearing disabilities
  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical/mobility disabilities
  • Specific chronic health conditions
  • Visual disabilities

For further information regarding services for students with disabilities, please contact the OCDS at the NC campus that you are interested in attending. NC Online students should contact the OCDS at the Bridegview campus. The office phone numbers are listed below:

  • Bridgeview Campus 708-237-5030
  • Chicago Campus 773-481-3170 or 773-481-3171