The Disability Resource Center serves Northeastern students who have documented disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA) of 2008.
Our staff members regularly work with students who have a variety of types of disabilities, primarily:
- Asperger’s Syndrome and related disorders
- Chronic and Degenerative disorders
- Hearing loss
- Learning disabilities
- Mobility impairments
- Psychiatric disorders
- Traumatic or acquired brain injury
- Vision impairment
Under the ADAAA (2008) definition, a person with a disability is one with a physical, mental, emotional, or chronic health impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity, such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working. Major life activities also include, but are not limited to, bodily functions relating to: immunity, digestion, respiration, circulation, and reproduction, as well as to bowel/bladder, neurological, brain, and endocrine functioning.
Northeastern’s Disability Resource Center utilizes an interactive, multi-source process to establish the need for academic and housing accommodations. Determinations are made by committee after a comprehensive review of the provided documentation, including professional recommendations. The time-frame may take several weeks as accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. It is important to understand that a diagnosis or a clinical recommendation, while valuable components of the review process, in and of themselves, may not qualify one for a specific accommodation.