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Disability Support Services (DSS)

  • student communicates using sign language
  • students using a computer with the aid of assistive technology
  • Student works through a handout with the help of an Interpreter

Mission Statement

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 will be denied access to or participation in the services, programs, and activities of the College.

Welcome to NOVA's Disability Support Services

Students Requesting Accommodations for the First Time

Read the Disability Documentation Guidelines. An IEP or 504 Plan alone may not be sufficient. If you still have questions after reading the guidelines, contact the Disability Support Services counselor at your campus. Begin the application process by clicking the Start Here button below. Watch the instructional video and follow the directions carefully.

Start Here

Returning Students

If you are a returning student, and wish to renew your accommodations, click the Renew Accommodations button below. Watch the instructional video and follow the directions carefully.

Renew Accommodations

Visiting and Consortium Students

A letter of accommodations from your home college should be sufficient documentation. During your intake appointment, the Disability Support Services counselor will let you know if additional documentation is needed. Begin the application process by clicking the Start Here button below. Watch the instructional video and follow the directions carefully.

Start Here

Disability Support Services will ONLY contact you through your NOVA student email account.

General Information

Accessible Parking

Accessible Parking permits are available through the Virginia DMV. NOVA does not issue accessible parking permits. Parking is FREE with a DMV-issued parking permit.

Alternative Text

If you require a screen reader or text-to-speech software, see How to Obtain Textbooks in Alternate Format. The process can take 6 to 8 weeks, so we encourage you to begin the process as early as possible.

Dual-Enrolled Students

ALL students enrolled in NOVA classes or taking the Virginia Placement Tests are required to use NOVA-approved accommodations only. IEPs and 504 plans are not accepted in NOVA courses or for the VPTs. This applies to all students, including those taking dual enrollment classes at their high schools. To request accommodations please view the tutorial video. To submit the online application, Start Here.

Disability Documentation Guidelines

Make sure your disability documentation is complete and up to date. Check the Disability Documentation Guidelines for more information.

Emergency Preparedness

Become familiar with your campus surroundings in advance and know where to go and what to do during an emergency. Review the Emergency Preparedness Guidelines and view this important video about NOVA Campus Safety

Interpreters/ CART/FM

If you need a Sign Language Interpreter, CLT, Assistive Listening Device, or Real-Time Captions for classes, click here. If you are a visitor or new student, request your accommodation through the sponsor of your meeting or event.

Testing Accommodations

The English and Math placement tests are untimed. If you need other testing accommodations, submit the request for accommodations prior to taking the tests.

Visiting, Transient or Consortium Students

If you are enrolled in another college or university where you are receiving accommodations it may not be necessary to submit disability documentation when requesting accommodations at NOVA. A Letter of Accommodations from your other college may be sufficient. The final determination will be made after you submit your application and conduct an intake with a NOVA DSS counselor. For more information view the tutorial video. To submit your application, Start Here.