Apply for Services

How to Apply for Student AccessAbility Services

Step 1: Gather Official Documentation

The student should gather the appropriate documentation of their disability:

I. MEDICAL AND PSYCHIATRIC DOCUMENTATION:(Forms are available here.)

a. be from an appropriate professional who made the diagnosis (on letterhead, with signature, and license information); Medical-Physician; Psychiatric-Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Psychiatric Nurse, Social Worker or Mental Health Counselor.
b. be recent, one year for medical or psychiatric disabilities;
c. specifically name the diagnosed disability;
d. identify diagnostic testing mechanisms, procedures, and results;
e. contain a narrative linking the testing results to the effect of the disability on learning and functioning in an educational environment;
f. and if relevant, identify any recommended academic adjustments (accommodations).

II. SPECIAL EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION:(preferably no more than three years old from High School or Licensed (Neuro-Psychologist) usually includes:

a. Psychological Report including tests, such as, the Wechsler Intelligence Scales (WAIS/WISC) or the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognition.
b. Educational Evaluation including tests, such as, and the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement or the Wechsler Individual Achievement Tests (WIAT).
c. Infrequently, an IEP, SOP (Summary of Performance) or 504 Plan may be sufficient.

* Important Note: Please understand that the documents should be officially obtained from the professional who issued and signed the report.  When you receive a report from a professional, you should request two signed copies.  You are advised to retain a signed copy of the documents for your records.  It is likely that you will need your disability documentation in the future. The College is required to retain these documents for 5 years from date of graduation or last semester of enrollment.

Step 2: Fill out and Submit SAS Intake Form

In order to begin the process with Student AccessAbility Services, you need to have received a letter of acceptance from the college with a student I.D. number. You can complete the Intake form, enter your student I.D. number, carefully read the Informed Consent, and you can attach your disability documentation if it is in a digital format.  You can also bring the documents before or to the meeting in E322.

Step 3: Schedule an Appointment

After we have received your completed intake form we will contact you for an appointment.  Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.** If you need further assistance with this process, come to the Student AccessAbility Services located on the East Campus, Room E-322.  Students who have questions related to the Americans with Disabilities Act are advised to contact Dr. F. Apfel, Student AccessAbility Services Coordinator as well.  For an appointment students may call 203.857.7192, email fapfel@norwalk.edu, or come to Student AccessAbility Services located on the East Campus, Room E-322.

**Note: The demand for appointments becomes very high as the semester approaches.

New students should contact the Student AccessAbility Services Coordinator at least six weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.

Continuing students (those who have provided documentation and previously met with the Student AccessAbility Services Coordinator to discuss accommodations) should contact the Coordinator at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.