Documentation Guidelines

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 state that qualified students with disabilities who attend college and universities may be entitled to reasonable accommodations. Under these laws, a disability is defined as any physical or mental impairment which substantially limits a major life activity, specifically, learning.

Although the Northwest Florida State College provides accommodations for eligible students in the classroom, it does not provide the testing necessary to evaluate a disability for a student. It is the student's responsibility to provide the appropriate documentation to the College and to request the accommodations.

The following links provide guidance to students with disabilities, parents, and physicians or licensed professionals in meeting the student's responsibility to demonstrate and/or document the nature of the disability and the educational limitation it imposes.

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Learning Disorders
Psychiatric/Psychological Disorders
Hearing Impairments
Physical/Medical Impairments
Visual Impairments
Speech Impairments
Traumatic Brain Injury

NOTE: A doctor's prescription pad note or a school plan, such as a Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or 504 plan, is NOT sufficient documentation in and of itself but can be used as part of a more comprehensive evaluation.


Disability Support Services (DSS)

Northwest Florida State College
Building 410, Room 119
100 College Blvd.
Niceville, FL 32578
Coordinator Phone: (850) 729-6079
Accommodation Specialists Phone: (850) 729-6014
Fax: (850) 729-6893

Florida Relay Service
In Florida: 711
Voice: (800) 955-8770
TTY: (800) 955-8771