Committed to making the college experience accessible to everyone, we work to design barrier-free environments and provide accommodations when barriers cannot be removed.


Collaborating with faculty, staff, and students, the North Carolina Community College System employs its expertise at the intersection of disability and design. Our work focuses on ensuring that physical, curricular, and online environments are designed to be as barrier-free as possible. When barriers cannot be removed in a timely manner, we work directly with students to develop and implement appropriate accommodations.

What is a disability?

Any mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities can be described as a disability. Affected activities include walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, caring for oneself, or performing manual tasks. Other medical conditions, such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, Tourette’s syndrome, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, AIDS, diabetes, cancer, psychiatric disorders, and multiple sclerosis may also be described as disabilities. Please bear in mind that no list can cover all possible disabilities. To explore whether a condition not listed here is a disability, please contact a Disability Services Provider at your community college. 

Resources for students

Disability Services Academy

Get information from the NC Community College System about services available to our students.

Scholarships, Grants, and Resources

Financial assistance is available to students with disabilities who intend to pursue or advance a career in the public sector.

The Americans with Disabilities Act

This federal law provides specific protections for people with disabilities.

North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Get connected to services and resources to help people with disabilities meet their career goals.

North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services

Find support for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and services to promote treatment and recovery for individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders.

Hearing Loss Association of America

Financial and professional support, information, and resources to assist individuals affected by hearing loss.

National Cued Speech Association

Programs, information, and advocacy to provide enhanced accessibility to cued speech.

National Association of the Deaf

The premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

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