Disability Resource Center
20 Dodge Hall
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) strives to create an environment in which all are empowered to make their unique contributions to the rich academic and social life of Northeastern. Its staff takes a creative approach to assisting students who have disabilities or who are Deaf or hard of hearing by providing services that will enable them to succeed.
In accordance with federal laws and guidelines, services cannot be provided unless acceptable documentation is submitted to the DRC. Students must provide recent diagnostic documentation indicating that the disability substantially limits one or more major life activities. They must also register with the DRC and meet with a counselor.
Students who are disabled, Deaf, or hard of hearing are strongly encouraged to contact the DRC upon their acceptance to Northeastern. It is also most beneficial to schedule a meeting with a DRC counselor at least three months prior to arriving on campus in order to register and request services. Early contact with the center will allow enough time to assemble the required diagnostic documentation, register at the DRC, and set up services.
Services are individually tailored on a case-by-case basis to meet each student’s needs. Support services are available for, but are not limited to, students with a documented diagnosis of learning disabilities, blindness or visual disabilities, mobility disabilities, deafness or hard of hearing disability, head injuries, psychiatric disorders, degenerative or chronic conditions, HIV-positive status or AIDS, and temporary disabilities.
The center’s services include examination modification and accommodation; disability-related academic advising and course modification; note-taking services; readers and scribes; sign-language interpreters and transliterators; computer-aided, real-time information about classrooms’ accessibility; advising and referral services; campus orientations; acquisition of assistive listening devices, Braille materials, taped textbooks, and raised-line drawings; and assistive technology, such as the Reading Edge machine. The center also provides liaison, advocacy, and training services for faculty, staff, and administration and coordinates special-interest groups.
DRC does not provide personal care assistance (PCA) services; the center will provide referral to local PCA service agencies, such as the Boston Center for Independent Living.
Northeastern does not offer transportation services; however, public transportation in greater Boston is run by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), which offers a curb-to-curb transportation service known as The Ride for persons with disabilities. Several stops on the Orange Line branch of the MBTA subway system are very convenient to the Northeastern campus. See the MBTA website for more information.