Services for Students with Special Needs

Accommodations for Students with Special Needs

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended in 2008) requires the College to make reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of current or potential students. An accommodation is any change in the work or learning environment, or in the way things are customarily done, that enables an individual with a qualifying disability to pursue opportunities and have access to employment or programs and services offered by the College.

Statement of Intent:

Nebraska Indian community college desires to create an accessible community where individuals with disabilities have an equal opportunity to pursue their educational goals limited only by their abilities not their disabilities to this end the college will:

  • Provide direct, reasonable accommodations and support services for individuals with disabilities.
  • Encourage self-determination, independence and personal responsibility for students with special needs.
  • Provide resources, advocacy, collaborative services, and outreach throughout the College community.
  • Promote an open and welcoming environment around campus for individuals with special needs.
  • Inform and educate the NICC community about disability-related laws, rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Members of the Educational Access Team at all three campus locations have the responsibility for coordinating the efforts of the college to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This team is responsible for working with eligible students to coordinate and provide appropriate academic accommodations.

Qualifying Disability:

To have a qualifying disability, an individual must have a record of having a substantial impairment. A substantial impairment is one that significantly limits or restricts a major life activity such as hearing, seeing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, caring for oneself, learning or working.

Otherwise Qualified: an individual must also be “otherwise qualified” (i.e., to be able to meet the requisite technical and academic standards)

Basic Principles of Reasonable Accommodations:

  • Individuals with qualifying disabilities must self-identify.
  • Recent documentation describing the nature of the disability is required.
  • Documentation must meet the criteria established by Nebraska Indian Community College.
  • Documentation must be supplied by the individual.
  • The individual must be “otherwise qualified” for the program.

Once it has been documented that an individual has a qualifying disability, NICC will work with the individual to provide reasonable accommodation. The College is only obligated to make an accommodation to the known limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability. The College is not required to provide an accommodation that is primarily for personal use. The accommodations provided need not be the most expensive or ideal accommodation requested by the individual, as long as it is an effective accommodation.      

The Decision to Self-Identify:

The decision to self-identify and request reasonable accommodation is highly personal. NICC welcomes current and prospective students to discuss their disability, documentation, possible accommodations, and concerns with a member of the Educational Access Team. If you have a disability, there is no requirement that you disclose your disability at any time, but in order to receive accommodations from the College, you must self-identify. The decision not to self-identify is understood and respected.

Consider self-identifying and requesting reasonable accommodations if:

  • You have a documented disability that significantly affects major life functions.
  • You are a client of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Commission for the Blind, the Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, or a related agency.
  • You received accommodations at another educational institution.


Steps to Request Reasonable Accommodations:

1.     Obtain a copy of the Reasonable Accommodation Request form.

2.     Complete, sign and date the request form.

a.     Attach copies of material documenting the disability.

Acceptable Sources of Documentation

Materials for documenting a disability are accepted from a licensed physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed mental health provider, audiologist, speech pathologist, physical or occupational therapist, or other health care provider qualified to diagnose a disabling condition.  (Please see referral services)

 b.    Submit form and materials to an Educational Access team member on the campus where you will attend classes.

3.     The Educational Access Team will respond to the Request for Accommodations.

a.     The request will be reviewed, and the Reasonable Accommodation checklist will be completed by the assigned advisor.

b.    When the individual and advisor meet, the advisor will inform the individual about qualification status- verbally and by written documentation.

If an individual qualifies

At this time, the individual may suggest ideas for reasonable accommodation. NICC will make every reasonable effort to offer an accommodation within approximately ten (10) school days. If the accommodation is accepted, the individual and advisor will complete the Reasonable Accommodation Agreement form. Students must contact a member of the Educational Access Team every semester they attend to access new or request continuing accommodations.

If an individual qualifies but does not accept the offered accommodation

The individual has the right to appeal an offered accommodation they may think is unacceptable.

If an individual does not qualify

The individual has the right to appeal the decision.


Meet the Educational Access Team (with links to online bios)


Viji Rajasekar

Educational Access Team Chair

Terri Grant 

Santee Campus- Educational Access Team Member

Shelley Kosola

Santee Campus- Educational Access Team Member

Chastity Warrior

Santee Campus- Educational Access Team Member

 Yasmeen Sandoval

SSC Campus- Educational Access Team Member

Jackie Hahn

SSC Campus- Educational Access Team Member

Christa Carillo

Macy Campus- Educational Access Team Member

Susan Tyndall     

Macy Campus- Educational Access Team Member

Janelle Wolfe

Macy Campus- Educational Access Team Member

Patti Page

Macy Campus- Educational Access Team Member

Amanda Kanuho

Pawnee Nation College Campus- Educational Access Team Member

Marcella Stephenson

Pawnee Nation College Campus- Educational Access Team Member

Kim Murie

Pawnee Nation College Campus- Educational Access Team Member

Crystal Ross

Dual Credit- Educational Access Team Member

Faculty Support for Educational Access Team

Megan Miller

Instructional Designer

Chrissy Lesher

Instructional Designer

Kristine Sudbeck Dean of Academic Affairs


Responsibility of the Individual:

  • Obtain a copy of the request for reasonable accommodations form from the disability services office. Individuals who need accommodations should make the request as soon as possible.
  • Complete the request for accommodations form and attach copies of material documenting your disability and include information about the type of accommodation provided previously.
  • Submit the completed request form to an Educational Access team member on your campus. (The educational access team will review the request for accommodations and assign an advisor to the individual.)

Responsibility of the NICC Educational Access Team:

  • The individual’s request will be reviewed to determine whether reasonable accommodations can and should be provided by Nebraska Indian Community College.
  • The Educational Access Team will meet with the individual to inform them whether they qualify under ADA guidelines to receive accommodation. Written notification of the College’s decision shall also be provided to the individual.
  • If the individual does qualify, this meeting will be used by the Educational Access Team to learn more about the individual’s disability and to hear suggestions or ideas for reasonable accommodations.
  • NICC will make every reasonable effort to offer an accommodation within approximately ten (10) school days.
  • The individual has the right to accept or refuse the accommodation offered. If the accommodation is accepted, the individual and the Educational Access Team Coordinator or designee will complete the agreement to provide reasonable accommodation form.

Right of Appeal:

Contact the Educational Access Team for more information on the Student Appeal process. If the student and the College are unable to successfully resolve problems, the student does have the right to file a grievance. All students have the right of due process in fairness, in matters of dispute, including those arising from objection to, or dissatisfaction with, actions taken by Nebraska Indian Community College with regard to request for reasonable accommodation. Remedies under this grievance procedure or corrective steps and measures to provide a reasonable accommodation. For a complete explanation of the Student Grievance processes at NICC, consult the College Catalog or contact the Dean of Student Services.

 Confidentiality and Privacy:

The Educational Access Team keeps all records and the documentation of students with disabilities confidential. Any information regarding students’ disabilities and accompanying documentation is confidential and protected by law under the Family Education Rights in Privacy Act (FERPA) , the ADA, and §504 the Rehabilitation Act. 


Application for Reasonable Accommodations 

Agreement for Accommodations

Permission to Notify Faculty Form

Transition from High School to College Handout

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