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Student Accommodations at North Central

North Central is committed to providing equal opportunities and access for all students. North Central provides student accommodations following the guidance of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Our accessibility services coordinator will also assist students living in the residence hall, including dietary accommodations, service animals, or emotional support animals.

How do students request course accommodations*?

  1. Apply and enroll for class at North Central Michigan College. For housing accommodations, please register to live in our dorm.
  2. To apply for accommodations please contact or call 231-348-6619 with questions or concerns.

*Timing: For requests including contracted services (e.g., interpreter), specialized equipment, or assistive technology, please make requests as soon as possible (at least two weeks before the start of the semester) to ensure adequate time to arrange the accommodations.


To determine eligibility for accommodations, students are required to provide documentation of your disability and it’s impact on your access to North Central courses or college life.

Types of Accommodation

  1. Classroom
  2. Dietary
  3. Housing
  4. Emotional Support or Service Animal

Student Assistance

Student assistance is also available to any student who has formally enrolled in or declared an intent to enroll in an occupational certificate or occupational degree program at North Central and is qualified as one or more of the following:

  • Individuals with a disability
  • Individuals who are economically disadvantaged
  • Individuals preparing for nontraditional fields
  • Single parents
  • Individuals who are out of the workforce
  • Youth who are in or have aged out of the foster care system
  • English learners
  • Individuals who are homeless

Students who fit one of the above-listed descriptions qualify for scholarship funds, advocacy, career guidance, academic advising, personal counseling, tutoring, and special needs assistance.

Learning Technology & Digital Supports Technology and Education

Technologies designed for users with disabilities are called Assistive Technologies. However, these technologies are powerful tools that help any user become a more efficient and effective learner. Many of these technologies are free and readily available. The AT Hive website from Ireland is an excellent resource about a range of assistive technologies.

Each area below has free (and some paid) resources to help you achieve your educational goals.

  • Apple Dictation (iOS), free,
    • System Preferences
  • (website), free use with google
  • Gboard (google keyboard), free
    • App
  • Google Docs Voice Typing (needs chrome browser), free
    • Setting on Gboard and in Docs
  • Windows 10 speech recognition (included in Windows software), free
    • Dictate feature (location changes depending on whether using a PC or Mac)

  • Natural Reader (free)
    • Sign up to use as a browser extension or copy text into the window on the web.
  • Panopreter Basic (free)
  • Speak (Microsoft word), free
    • Immersive Reader/Read Aloud (location and name changes depending on computer)
  • Zabaware (Text-to-Speech Reader), free

  • SimpleMind (Apple and Android), free or paid
    • Helps with planning and organizing ideas for writing
  • Easybib (website), free
    • For help learning to cite resources
  • Grammarly (free or paid versions)
    • Grammar checks and recommended fixes
    • Works in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Google Docs

  • - app or on the web
    • First 600 minutes free/month. Max of 40 minutes/conversation.
    • Digitally records and transcribe lectures to help with note-taking
    • Search and playback recordings, highlight and add notes.
    • Works in Zoom and other applications
  • ListNote Speech-to-text notes (Android app), free

  • Pomodoro Timer (Free for Windows or Mac)
    • Tool to use with the Pomodoro Technique
  • Focus Keeper (Free iOS App for iPad or iPhone)
    • Another Pomodoro Technique tool

  • GoConqr (free website/app)
    • Create study tools
    • Share with friends or keep it private

Student Accessibility Services Assistance:

Scholarship Resources for Students with Disabilities

Resolving Concerns

North Central is committed to ensuring equal access to students who experience disabilities. The college complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended. We support the swift resolution of concerns related to accommodations for students who experience a disability. If there are problems with accommodations, accessing auxiliary aids and services, or related to discrimination, please contact Accessibility Services immediately at 231-348-6619 or .

External Discrimination Complaint

Students are encouraged to work through North Central’s internal process for a swift resolution. Students also have the right to file an external complaint of disability discrimination with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.