Disability Services

Disability Disclosure Process

  • The process is voluntary.
  • You must submit paperwork validating the disability to the appropriate individual:
    • All students with Learning Disabilities should contact Terry Latella
    • For all other disabilities (including but not limited to medical, mental, health, vision, hearing, autism spectrum and attention deficit disorders), contact Laurie Novi
  • Documentation should be current and relevant and include a description of the disability and its functional/educational limitations.
  • Schedule an appointment to meet with the appropriate disabilities contact to determine individual academic adjustments.
  • Academic adjustments will only be provided to those students who have completed this process.
  • Academic adjustments are not retroactive.
  • View the Disability Services Fact Sheet
  • View the College Activity and Program Accessibility guidelines
  • View the Exam Adjustment Forms for Waterbury and Danbury

Academic Adjustments for Students with Disabilites

Please note that this list is not exhaustive. Only students who complete the Disability Disclosure Process will be eligible to receive appropriate adjustments as determined by their disability coordinator. Please contact us with questions or for further information.


Who should I contact if I have a documented disability?

Learning Disabilities - Terry Latella, 203-596-8608

Physical Disabilities or Mental Health Disorders including Attention Deficit and Autism Spectrum Disorders - Laurie Novi, 203-575-8035.

What are some of the academic adjustments that I can receive at NVCC?

The Office of Disability Services is committed to helping students make the most of their academic experience. As such, we provide a variety of different adjustments including, but not limited to: extended testing time, oral testing and assistive technology.  All services are free and each student is evaluated on an individual basis. Please see the "Disability Adjustments" section above for a more comprehensive list of available adjustments.

I need to take a placement test (CLEP, TEAS, Accuplacer, etc.). Are adjustments available for these tests?

Yes, adjustments are available for test takers who complete the disability disclosure process prior to scheduling an appointment with the testing coordinator. Please see the "Disability Adjustments" section above for more information regarding adjustments and placement testing.

When do I provide my documentation?

It is recommended that students submit their paperwork validating their disability upon enrollment at NVCC. They may submit documentation at a later date, however academic adjustments are not retroactive.

Where would I take my exams with extended time?

Students receiving extended time will take their exams in the Disabilities Testing Center located in Kinney Hall, Room K519d.

What do I need for verification of my documented disability?

I already completed the disability disclosure process. How do I schedule an appointment to take an exam?

Contact the disabilities testing proctor by phone at 203-575-8161, via email at JMiller1@nv.edu, or stop by Kinney Hall 519d. 

Complete an Exam Adjustment Form - Waterbury or Exam Adjustment Form - Danbury Campus.

Does NVCC provide any tutoring services?

All students enrolled at NVCC are eligible for free tutoring services in the Academic Center for Excellence. Please note that these services are for all students and are not exclusive to those students with documented disabilities.

What if I have other questions?

You can contact us or stop by the Office of Disability Services in Kinney Hall, Room K519.

Adjustments for Placement Testing

  •  Submit current and relevant documentation validating the disability to either Terry Latella or Laurie Novi, as described above.
  • Meet with the appropriate disabilities contact to complete disclosure process to determine the adjustments, auxiliary aids, or support services required for placement testing.
  • Complete required paperwork to submit to the placement testing coordinator.
  • Adjustments are not retroactive.

Academic Adjustments for Testing

Academic adjustments for testing may include the following:

  • extended time allowance
  • relocation to areas with minimal distraction
  • oral testing
  • use of a reader and/or scribe
  • enlarged print
  • assistive technology
  • Exam Adjustment Forms

Adjustments for the Classroom

You may receive the following classroom adjustments:

  • assignation of a note taker
  • assignation of a sign language interpreter
  • enlarged type or alternative format of class materials
  • assistive technology (Zoomtext and Jaws)
  • lab assistant

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is available at the following locations on campus. 

Contact Information

Terry Latella, M.S.
Counselor for Students with Learning Disabilities
Kinney Hall, Room K519b 
Phone: 203-596-8608
Fax: 203-596-8610

Laurie Novi, M.S.N.
Coordinator of Disability Services*
Kinney Hall, Room K519a
Phone: 203-575-8035
Fax: 203-596-8610

*Coordinator for all other disabilities such as, but not limited to, medical, mental, health, vision, hearing, autism spectrum and attention deficit disorders

Guide for Students With Disabilities

Naugatuck Valley Community College is committed to providing equal education opportunity and full participation for qualified students with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), ADA Amendments Act of 2011, and Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Download Guide.

Mission Statement

The Office of Disability Services is committed to providing qualified students with equal educational opportunities and full participation in college-sponsored activities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This is accomplished through the provision of accommodations, auxiliary aids and support services.