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Accessibility Services

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West Virginia Northern Community College is committed to assuring that students with disabilities are afforded the same opportunities and the same responsibilities as all other students.

Accommodations for students with disabilities can be arranged through the Academic Support Center on each campus:

  • Wheeling-B&O Building 226C
  • Weirton-Redline 107
  • New Martinsville-114


CJ Farnsworth, Director of Academic Student Support Services,

Wheeling: Kristi Aulick, Accessibility Coordinator, 304.214.8921 / 

Weirton: Ida Williams, Accessibility Coordinator, 304.723.7514 /

New Martinsville: Dennis Bills, Accessibility Coordinator, 304.510.8773 /

Peggy Carmichael, Chief Human Resources Officer & ADA Compliance,

The Accessibility Coordinators work with faculty, staff, and community agencies to arrange for reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

Students who wish to arrange for accommodations need to contact the Accessibility Coordinator on their campus to schedule an intake interview.

IMPORTANT: Documentation should be provided well in advance of the beginning of the semester to allow time to make arrangements with faculty, to hire required staff, to coordinate with other service providers, or to purchase equipment which may be necessary.

For documentation to be useful in making accommodations decisions, it should meet these criteria:

  • The diagnosis is clearly stated.
  • Information is current.
  • Educational, developmental, and/or medical history are presented.
  • The diagnosis is supported.
  • The functional limitation is described.
  • Recommended accommodations are justified.
  • Evaluators’ professional credentials are established.

Educational Opportunity Awaits

WVNCC is committed to providing accessible facilities, appropriate accommodations, and support technology to students with documented disabilities. The ASC provides reasonable accommodations as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Accommodation Process

The Accessibility Coordinator evaluates documentation and assesses the individual needs of each student. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the Accessibility Coordinator to initiate accommodations. Staff interview students, reviewing documentation, to find the appropriate academic, classroom, and technical support that will assist them in their educational endeavors.

Services are free and the Accessibility Office follows all guidelines and procedures regarding confidentiality. 

To Apply

Contact the Academic Support Center on your home campus. 

Auxiliary Services

WVNCC Accessibility Office provides students with a variety of auxiliary services.

  • Extended test time, including time and a half, double time
  • Distraction-free testing 
  • Access to assistive technology
  • Accommodations appropriate for a wide range of disabilities including physical, psychological, cognitive
  • Designated parking for those with a handicapped placard or license plate

Staff members work closely with students and their instructors to determine and implement the appropriate services. These staff members remain available throughout students' educational programs.

The ASC makes every effort to assist students with disabilities in order to provide the opportunity for a successful college experience.

There is more to being a WVNCC student than going to class and the Academic Support Center wants to assure equal opportunity to students who choose to attend campus events and participate in the campus community. The ASC works with students and appropriate campus staff/departments to ensure that students with disabilities have access to all non-academic student programs and activities. Non-academic accommodations may be requested related to programs, services, jobs, activities, or facilities to ensure equitable opportunity to engage in the campus environment and with the campus community.

Accommodation requests for participation in any non-academic, school-related activity, program or service should be made through the ASC in the same manner that academic accommodation requests are made. Students are responsible for making requests that require time to plan for or implement in advance.

At West Virginia Northern Community College, we strive to provide a student-centered learning environment. Every student deserves the opportunity to succeed.

If you are facing the challenge of a physical or cognitive disability--along with the pressures of academic life--you may need some assistance.

Statement of Accessibility

WVNCC makes every effort to provide accessible facilities and programs for individual disabilities.

Non-Discrimination Practices

In implementing its equal opportunity policy regarding non-discrimination, it is the policy of WVNCC not to discriminate in its programs of education, employment, purchasing of goods and services, and all other activities. The college does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap/disability or veteran status. Inquiries concerning this rule should be directed to Stephanie Kappel, who is designated coordinator for Title IX and Section 504. You can reach her at 304-214-8901 or

Eligibility for Services

To be eligible for accommodations, students must register with the Accessibility Office and are asked to provide documentation of the disability.   

Some differences in accommodations between high school and college:

  • Accommodations and services are not automatic; students must self-identify
  • Colleges do not provide personal aides for students
  • Colleges cannot guarantee student success
  • Students must meet the academic standards of a course and/or program

Colleges are not required to waive or reduce essential course or program requirements  

Complaint/Appeal Process

If, at any time, a student feels as though he/she is not receiving ADA services appropriately, the form linked here should be completed and submitted to begin the process. Questions regarding this form or the complaint/appeal process should be directed to the campus Accessibility Counselor.

Electronic Resource for Faculty, Staff and Students

The following resources can guide you through disabilities services at Northern, as well as ADA compliance and disabilities laws.