Academic Success Center (ASC)

ASC offers free services to all Northland students.

Accessibility Resources

ASC provides accommodations and services for a variety of disabilities including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Hearing Loss
  • Vision Loss
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Psychological Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Disorders
  • Brain Injuries
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Cognitive Disabilities
  • Other health related disabilities

Services and accommodations are determined on an individual, case-by-case basis. They are also contingent upon the documented nature of the disability and the functional limitations accompanying the disability. For more questions regarding the federal guidelines related to disability access, please refer to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Frequently Asked Questions about Section 504.

When to Request Accommodations

Students may request accommodations at any time. However, it is highly advised that you begin the process several weeks prior to the start of classes since accommodations may take time to arrange. Late registration for accommodations may limit immediate assistance, and accommodations cannot be applied retroactively.

How to Request Accommodations

To request services, please contact Sara Johnson or Chris Fossum and submit disability documentation either in-person, by mail, email, or by fax.

Students who believe they may have a disability but do not have relevant documentation should discuss their situation with the ASC Director. For more information about documentation, please see the Procedure for Requesting Disability Accommodations.

Intake Process

During the intake appointment, the student and ASC Director will discuss the disability documentation and what barriers the student expects to encounter. Academic adjustments will be determined based on a combination of the student's personal experience, relevant documentation, and the interactive conversation with the student. The ASC Director will approve accommodations and notify individual faculty about the academic adjustments via Northland email.

Updating Accommodations

Students are encouraged to contact the ASC Director at any time in the semester if the approved accommodations are not adequate and/or if new needs are discovered. For future semesters, students should indicate which changes are needed (if any) and which faculty should be notified.

Transitioning from High School to College

Two excellent resources to assist students and educators with the transition process between high school and college are:

Accessibility Policies and Procedures

Local Disability Resources

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation – Minnesota

Crookston office
102 W 5th St
Crookston, MN 56716-3000
Phone: 218-277-7860

Roseau office
1307 3rd St NE
Roseau, MN 56751-0158
Phone: 218-463-2075

Thief River Falls office
1301 Highway 1 East
Thief River Falls, MN 56701-2500
Phone: 800-657-3962


Division of Vocational Rehabilitation – North Dakota

David Kvasager, Regional Administrator
1501 28th Avenue South
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201-6727
Local Phone: 701-795-3100
Toll Free: 1-888-256-6742

Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD)

121 E. 7th Place, Suite 107
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone & TTY: 1-800-945-8913
Fax: 651-296-5935

North Dakota Association for the Disabled (NDAD)

2660 South Columbia Rd.
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: 701-775-5577
Toll Free: 1-800-532-6323
ND Relay: 1-800-366-6888

State Services for the Blind of Minnesota

2200 University Ave W
Suite 240
Saint Paul, MN 55114
Phone: 651-539-2300

North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind

500 Stanford Road
Grand Forks, ND 58203
Phone: 701-795-2700
Toll Free: 1-800-421-1181

State Parking Placard Information

Minnesota: Application for Disability Parking Certificate (.pdf)
North Dakota: Application for Mobility Impaired Parking Permit (.pdf)

National Disability Resources

Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)


Federal Relay Service

TTY / ASCII - (800) 877-8339
VCO (Voice Carry Over) - (877) 877-6280
Speech-to-Speech - (877) 877-8982
Spanish - (800) 845-6136
Voice - (866) 377-8642
TeleBraille - (866) 893-8340
Customer Service (Voice/TTY, ASCII and Spanish) - (800) 877-0996

Mental Health Resources

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

Learning Ally


The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center


US Office for Civil Rights (OCR)