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National University’s Office of Special Services provides a variety of services designed to assist the National University community, including students, faculty and staff. Our Office offers services that allow students with disabilities to participate fully in all facets of the learning experience. Students with disabilities are equipped with tools to promote self-advocacy, independence, learning, and goal attainment.

Academic Support Services
The Office of Special Services encourages students to actively participate in the design and requesting of potential curriculum accommodations that are individually tailored to address students’ specific disability-related barriers that emerge in the academic arena. Curriculum accommodations and services are designed to assist students with disabilities in meeting all academic requirements at the University. Students with documented disabilities may receive classroom accommodations and services such as:

Interpreting/Real-Time Captioning Services

Registered Students with the Office of Special Services:
Please complete the Interpreter and Captionist Request Form to request an interpreter or captioning services for a National University event or class. Events can include teacher/student meetings, group meetings, organizational meetings, on-campus events, Class Live Pro session, and WebEx sessions, etc. A minimum lead time of five business days is required for single events/dates and one month minimum to arrange interpreting/captioning for onsite or online classes. The University will do its best to fill interpreting and captioning requests; however, it may be impossible to coordinate interpreters and captioning requests made with less notice than outlined above.

Interpreter and Captionist Request Form

Not yet registered with the Office of Special Services?
If you would like to request captioning or interpreting services, however, you have not yet registered with the Office of Special Services, visit the Getting Started: Student Eligibility page.

Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that captioning/interpreting services were secured; contact the Office of Special Services at nlocker@nu.edu 48 hours before the requested event/activity date. The University will do its best to fill interpreting requests; however, it may be impossible to coordinate interpreters for requests made less than five business days, before the requested date.

Additionally, requests made during non-business hours (before 8:00 am and after 5:00 pm Monday-Friday) may take additional time to fill.

Test Accommodations
Test accommodations can include extended time and can apply to both onsite or online exams and quizzes. Additional test accommodations may include a distraction-reduced environment, reader, scribe, or other assistive resources.

Test Accommodation Guidelines

Test Accommodation Request Form

Not yet registered with the Office of Special Services?
If you would like to request test accommodations, however, you have not yet registered with the Office of Special Services, visit the Getting Started: Student Eligibility page.

Note-taking Services

Alternate Media


Allowance for Breaks and movement in Class
Allowance for breaks or movement in class would include part or all of the following:

  • Frequent breaks when necessary during lectures and exams
  • Occasional standing and movement in class
  • Preferred seating – arrange this with your instructor prior to or within the first week of class.

Audio Recording in Lectures

Assistive Technology

Service Animals
Please visit the catalog http://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm for updated information on service animals.

Disability management counseling


National University is a member of the National University System.