Welcome New Students

Hi future Novo! We are excited to partner with you to establish accommodations. We hope this page will help you learn more about this interactive process.

General Information

  • How to Establish Accommodations 

    To establish accommodations, please complete the following steps:

        1. Using these instructions, register a non-NCF email address to receive a unique one-time passcode.
        2. Complete the NCF New Student Request Form as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations are established prior to the first day of fall 2021 courses.
        3. Upload reliable 3rd party information regarding your disability, learning difference, or medical condition using our secure service portal, Accessible Information Management (AIM).
          • Reliable third party documentation includes but is not limited to an individualized education plan (IEP), a 504 plan with supporting medical documentation, or a neuropsychological evaluation from a licensed medical professional.
          • Reliable third party documentation must be in English and from a non-family member.
        4. A staff member from SDS will contact you to schedule a meeting to discuss your request to establish accommodations.
        5. During this first meeting with SDS, the staff member will work with you to review your documentation along with your request form. If additional information is needed, the staff member will let you know and give instructions on how to submit any additional information. If applicable, the staff member will give a “tour” of the online AIM portal and instructions on how to utilize your accommodations. 

    Differences Between Accommodations in High School and College

    Differences between high school and college disability services begin upon enrollment at college.  It is the student’s responsibility to self identity to the Student Disability Services office in the event they would like to establish reasonable accommodations.  The student is responsible for their accommodations.  In the Student Disability Services office, we look forward to working with you to navigate reasonable accommodations for access.

    Some key differences between high school and college:

    • Applicable laws in high school are through I.D.E.A and the applicable laws for colleges is the ADA, Section 504, and the ADA Amendments Act.
      • I.D.E.A. promotes success while ADA, 504 and the ADA Amendments Act promotes access.
    • The high school must coordinate all aspects of the services, unlike college, where a student must work with Student Disability Services to coordinate services.
      • At the college level, this looks like a student contacting Student Disability Services to coordinate testing in a different location.  Self advocacy is key!

    Commonly Requested Accommodations


        • Classroom accommodations (breaks in the classroom, notetaking assistance)
        • Testing accommodations (extended time on tests, alternative testing location)
        • Interpreting services


        • First-floor rooms
        • Strobe light in room
        • Access to kitchen

    Emotional Support Animal (ESAs)

        • Ability to reside with an approved support animal in on-campus housing
        • Emotional Support Animal (ESA) accommodation requests must be submitted more than ten business days before your arrival to campus.  If a request is submitted less than ten business days before your arrival or during a semester, please contact the Associate Director of Student Disability Services to discuss your options.


        • Meal plan modifications
        • Dietary accommodation requests for Fall 2021 must be submitted with reliable third party documentation by Friday August 27th at 5pm.
          Dietary accommodation requests for Spring 2022 must be submitted with reliable third party documentation by Friday February 4th at 5pm.

    Meet with Us!


    If you have any questions throughout the process, reach out as soon as possible. We would love to guide you through this exciting new process! We will be available to assist you with any questions or concerns from now until when you arrive on campus. 


    Marra Piazza Brass
    Associate Director 
    (941) 487-4637
    Use this link if you would like to book an appointment with Marra: mpiazzabrass.youcanbook.me


    Sarah Darancou
    (941) 487-4363
    Use this link if you would like to book an appointment with Sarah: darancou.youcanbook.me


    Student Disability Services Office
    Fax: (941) 487-4517
    5800 Bay Shore Rd, HCL 3
    Sarasota, FL 34243