Disability Services

Great Bay Community College is committed to providing meaningful access for students with disabilities. Supports are designed around the unique needs of each person through our Center for Academic Planning & Support.

How to Access Support Services

Students can disclose their disability at their time of application to Great Bay, or at any point while enrolled at the college. When a student wishes to inform the school, they should contact the Coordinator of Disability Support Services and provide the necessary supporting documentation. Together, the student and the coordinator will work to design appropriate accommodations. Students' needs will vary according to the requirements of the course and the nature and severity of the disability. Needs are considered on a case by case basis. It is the student's responsibility to contact the coordinator at the start of each semester to arrange for reasonable accommodations.

Eligibility for Services

To be eligible for support services, students are required to provide documentation of their disability to the Coordinator of Disability Support Services. Information on how the disabling condition impacts the individual will identify possible accommodations. This information is confidential and is used exclusively to plan appropriate accommodations.

Documentation must be current (within 3 years in most cases) and include a clear statement of the disability, a summary of the assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis, and a summary of evaluation results. Older documentation may be accepted if the conditions are permanent or non/varying, and in some cases an updated letter from a qualified professional may simply address why prior documentation continues to be relevant. The best quality documentation is provided by a licensed or otherwise properly credentialed professional where a good match exists between credentials of the individual making the diagnosis and the condition being reported. It is thorough in demonstrating how a major life activity is substantially limited by providing a clear sense of the severity, frequency and pervasiveness of the condition(s).

Suggestions of accommodations deemed appropriate at the post secondary level are encouraged, and are most helpful when they are logically related to the functional limitations. Accommodations that are supported by the documentation and are congruent with the programs, services offered by the college may be considered reasonable.

Sample Classroom Accommodations

  • Alternative test formats
  • Notetakers
  • Tape recording lectures
  • Interpreters
  • Extended time on tests
  • Quiet testing areas
  • Scribes

Support Services

  • Reduced course load
  • Peer tutoring
  • Academic planning and advising
  • Career counseling
  • Workshops and support groups
  • Admissions Process
  • Placement Testing
  • Orientation to college and services

To find out more about Assistive Technology go to Assistive Technology Resources (you can also view the Assistive Technology Resources PDF

Great Bay Community College does not discriminate in the administration of its admissions and educational programs, or employment practices on the basis of disabling conditions in compliance with Federal and State civil rights laws including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.