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Disability Services

Disability Services, through the Office of Student Affairs, is a service for currently registered New College students.

It is the mission of Student Disability Services (SDS) to create and maintain an environment on the New College campus that recognizes and supports students with disabilities by assuring them equal access to all educational opportunities. There is a legal imperative for this mission, embodied in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

SDS offers a range of services to students including reasonable accommodations, referrals to campus and community services, advocacy and auxiliary aids. These services are designed to support the students’ participation in all programs and activities offered at New College. Services are individually designed and based on the specific needs of each student as identified and documented by SDS.

In order to be eligible for disability related services, students are required to register and provide documentation of their disability through the SDS. If special accommodations are necessary, the student will be assisted in the development and implementation of the plan. The process is intended to coordinate efforts with faculty members and college staff while maintaining privacy for the student.

Disability FAQs for Prospective Students

Additional Opportunities

Eligibility and Registration for Services

Students may request services by completing the SDS Registration Form, and providing documentation of their disability in accordance with the Disability Documentation Requirements.

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Johnson Scholarship Program

The Johnson Scholarship is a competitively awarded program which is available to undergraduate students with disabilities enrolled in a State University System of Florida (SUS) institution. The deadline for competed applications is May 1, 2017.

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Student Resources

See resources available for students with disabilities.

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Definition of a Disability

A “person with a disability” includes any person who (a) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such persons major life activities; (b) has a record of such an impairment or (c) is regarded as having such an impairment.

A “qualified person with a disability” is defined as one who meets the requisite academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in New College of Florida’s programs and activities. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects the civil rights of individuals who are qualified to participate and who have disabilities including, but not limited to the following:

ADHD, Arthritis, Asperger’s Disorder, Autism Disorder, Cancer Cardiac Diseases, Deaf/Hearing Impaired, Diabetes, Drug/Alcohol Dependency, Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder, HIV/AIDS, Neurological/Neuromuscular Disorder, Orthopedic Impairment, Psychiatric Disabilities, Specific Learning Disabilities, Speech Disorder, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury.

Faculty Syllabus Statement

Any student who, because of a documented disability, may require special arrangements and/or accommodations, should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make necessary arrangements. Students must present appropriate verification from Student Disability Services during the instructor’s office hours. Please note that instructors are NOT permitted to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Student Disability Services has been provided.

For additional information, please visit Student Disability Services in HCL 3 and/or email

Guide to Disability Laws.