Northern Illinois University

1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
Dekalb,
 Illinois  
60115-2828

General information

This campus is:
4 year
Public
Highest level of degree offered:
Advanced Degree
Student population
20,443
Student population: undergraduate
14,730
Primarily online?
No

Disability resource office

Disability Resource Center
385 Wirtz Drive
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb,
 Illinois  
60115
Office phone
815-753-1303
Office email
drc@niu.edu
Number of full-time disability service staff
13.0
Number of students who have submitted disability documentation
1,010

Three most common types of disabilities disclosed by students to the disability resource office

  • Attention Deficit Hyperacticity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Psychiatric and disabilities related to mental and emotional health
Within the last three years, how common has it been for your institution and/or disability services provider to serve these specific populations of students with disabilities?
Students with low-incidence types of disabilities
GroupLevel of service
Autistic students (includes Asperger’s or autism spectrum) Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Culturally Deaf students who use American Sign Language Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Students with chronic health conditions and illness Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Students with food allergies Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Students with intellectual disabilities Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Students with disabilities in advanced academics or interests
GroupLevel of service
Students in STEM fields, including health sciences Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Professional and graduate students Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Law students Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
NCAA athletes Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Veterans Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally

Disability accommodations and services

Accommodations for students with disabilities
Academic accommodations
GroupLevel of service
Notetaking Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Test accomodations Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Alternate formats (e.g.,e-text, large print) Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Scribes Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Readers Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Assistive technology (e.g., screen readers, voice input) Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Sign language interpreters Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
CART or C-Print Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Other: Braille Commonly provided in the last three years
Programmatic accommodations
GroupLevel of service
Course substitutions Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Priority registration Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Reduced courseload Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Medical leave Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Accommodations in residence halls Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Other accommodations
GroupLevel of service
Dietary accommodations for meal plans Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Service animals or emotional support animals Not provided in the last three years
Not provided
Accommodations and services for institution-sponsored study abroad programs Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Accommodations and services for internships, externships, field placements, or other for-credit off-campus work experiences Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided

Campus accessibility and resources

Campus access
GroupLevel of service
Student health services Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Counseling and psychological services Completely accessible
Completely accessible
The library(ies) Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Institution websites Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Recreation and athletic facilities Somewhat accessible
Somewhat accessible
Student union or other main building designated for students to socialize Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Main academic buildings where most undergraduates would attend classes Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Entertainment, theater, and event facilities Completely accessible
Completely accessible
On-campus transportation Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Nearby off-campus transportation Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Residence halls Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Key administrative offices (e.g., financial aid, registration, multi-cultural affairs, students services, career counseling) Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Sexual assault services and reporting mechanisms Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Security and saftety programs (e.g., late-night escort services on campus) Completely accessible
Completely accessible

Policies and procedures related to students with disabilities

  • Standardized or recommended syllabus statements regarding disability accommodations
  • Institutional policy requiring that all online materials are accessible to students with disabilities ( compliant with Section 508)
  • Centralized funding for disability accommodations at events (e.g. individuals, student organizations, and departments are not responsible for paying for disability-related accommodations)Provision of interpreters and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) for all major events
  • Provision of interpreters and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) for all major events
  • Emergency evacuation procedures include plans for students with disabilities
  • Faculty diversity hiring initiatives include efforts to recruit and retain faculty with disabilities
  • Formal grievance policies and procedures for students with complaints about campus disability access
  • Grievance procedures for students with complaints about the disability resource office

Types of counseling and psychological services available at the institution

  • Short-term counseling (e.g., 10 session limit)
  • Long-term counseling
  • Support groups
  • 24/7 Mental health hotline or crisis line
  • Peer counselors or peer supports
  • Online mental health services, trainings or supports
  • Cross-campus behavioral, mental health, or crisis team(s)
  • Campus-based chaplains

General Campus Resources

  • Food shelf or food pantry
  • Child care services that are accessible to students with disabilities
  • Services for veterans with disabilities
  • Campus scholarships for students with disabilities
  • Adaptive sports and recreation programming for students with disabilities (e.g., wheelchair basketball, goalball)
  • Resources for students with disabilities to address assistive technology needs and information technology (IT) access needs

Academics and campus climate for students with disabilities

Courses or degree programs

  • Disability studies courses or degree programs
  • American Sign Language courses or degree programs
  • Deaf studies courses or degree programs
  • Braille courses

Campus groups that address disability issues but do not provide direct services to students

  • Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities
  • Disability Ally Training Committee
  • Accessibility Action Team
  • Student of Concern Committee
  • NAMI

Student organizations related to disability, Deafness, or ASL

  • D.A.L.L.A.S.
  • DEAF Pride
  • Best Buddies
  • Delta Gamma Sorority
How often does your institution have public events or activities related to disability, culturally Deaf people, or ASL?
1-2 times each term or semester