Frequently Asked Questions

How do I inform the Noel Center I need services?

Complete the Voluntary Disclosure Form.  You may return the form online or mail the completed form to the Noel Center at the following address:

Noel Center for Disability Resources
Gardner-Webb University
P. O. Box 7274
Boiling Springs, NC 28017

If you prefer, you may fax the form to: (704) 406-3524.

Is anything else required before I can receive services?

Yes. When requesting accommodations and services, you must provide current documentation of your disability and its impact on your present functioning to the Associate Dean of the Noel Center.

What should be included in the documentation?

To determine eligibility for services, students must provide documentation that provides information about a substantial limitation to one or more major life activities, specifically as it applies to meeting the demands of University life, in and/or out of the classroom.  Although some disabilities do not change over time, the medical documentation must address the student’s current level of functioning.  

In addition to the medical documentation, we require that students provide a current impact statement.  The current impact statement is to be completed by the student requesting accommodations/services.  Additional statements from others who know the student may be submitted in addition to the student’s statement.  In all situations, students will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

The Noel Center for Disability Resources (Noel Center) will review and consider all pieces of documentation submitted. Documentation will assist the Noel Center in understanding how the disability impacts the student in an academic setting and the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodations requested. Reviewing documentation is a collaborative process and each piece of documentation is handled on a case-by-case basis. The eligibility determination process is not a same day process. Once documentation is received, it will be reviewed in order of receipt; therefore, it is recommended that documentation be submitted well in advance of any accommodation related needs.

The student will be contacted by an e-mail to their GWU e-mail address once the documentation has been reviewed. Upon receipt of this email the student is required to meet with a disability specialist for an intake appointment to be considered fully registered with the office. If you would like to discuss the documentation review process, it is possible to directly speak with a Noel Center disability specialist so your questions and concerns can be addressed.

There are multiple ways to provide the Noel Center with documentation of your disability. This documentation should be completed or provided from a treating or diagnosing healthcare professional (psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, therapist, social worker, medical doctor, optometrists, speech-language pathologists, etc.).

Accepted methods of documentation:

  1. A full detailed evaluation or diagnostic report would provide the richest information to determine the best possible accommodations and supports. 
  2. A report that provides proof of prior accommodations.
    1. Individualized Education Plan/ 504 Plan/ Evaluation Team Report
    2. Documentation that illustrates past use of postsecondary accommodations
  3. Please refer to the Disability Verification Form that can be completed by the healthcare professional.
  4. A healthcare professional can submit a letter of their own. Please provide the following information to the Noel Center on letterhead with the date and signature:
    1. A diagnostic statement identifying the disability (with the date of diagnosis)
    2. Severity of the disorder (mild/moderate/severe)
    3. Medication or treatment currently prescribed
    4. An assessment of major life activities that are affected by the impairment (concentration, memory, social interactions, class attendance, learning, reading, thinking, etc.)
    5. Recommended accommodations that may assist the student in minimizing the impact of the condition in an academic setting (examples: test taking, class attendance, taking notes, understanding materials, speaking, comprehension, transportation, housing, etc.)
    6. Include test scores when applicable

What accommodations/services are available?

All accommodations are determined on a case-case-basis. Determination of accommodations is a collaborative effort based upon review of the documentation and a discussion between you and your disability specialist.

Examples of possible accommodations include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Interpreters
  2. Note takers
  3. Extended time testing/low distraction testing
  4. Assistive technology
  5. Scribes
  6. Books in alternate format
  7. Materials in alternate format
  8. Priority registration
  9. Preferential classroom seating
  10. Orientation to campus by mobility specialist

After accommodations are set up, is that it? Am I on my own?

No!  You will be assigned a disability specialist who is available for regularly scheduled appointments. Together you will set goals to work on throughout the semester. Perhaps you need help developing time management or study strategies, if so your disability specialist can assist you.  You may also contact this person any time you have a question or concern.

Does the Noel Center sponsor special activities or programs?

Yes! The following is a list of some of the activities and programs available to students:

  1. "Joyful Hands" Sign Language Choir
  2. Academic Support Groups 
  3. Study skills workshops
  4. Self-advocacy training
  5. Peer Mentors
  6. Work Force Recruitment
  7. Socials

Remember! All activities/clubs/events sponsored by Gardner-Webb University are open to students with disabilities.

Is there additional cost for accommodations/services?

No, there is no additional cost.