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 individual 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

In order to be eligible for support services, students are required to provide documentation of their disability to the Coordinator of Disability Support Services. This documentation needs to indicate how the diagnosis impacts a major life activity, identifying specific functional limitations. The information provided 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 evaluation instruments and procedures used and a summary of the results. Older documentation may be accepted if the conditions are permanent or do not vary. In some cases an updated letter from a qualified professional may simply address why prior documentation continues to be relevant. The information should also provide 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.

Sample Classroom Accommodations

  • Alternative test formats
  • Notetakers
  • Recording lectures
  • Interpreters
  • Extended time on tests
  • Scribes

Support Services Available

  • Reduced course load
  • Peer tutoring
  • Drop-in Centers
  • 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, please view the Assistive Technology Resources PDF at http://greatbay.edu/student-services/academic-support/assistive-technology

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.