Contact Information:
Lucy Howlett
540-674-3600 ext. 3619



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The caring staff of the Center for Disability Services at New River Community College are helping students with disabilities to realize their dreams by assisting them with the appropriate accommodations for their abilities and disabilities.

Who May Apply

Students who have diagnosed learning disabilities or attention deficit disorder and who meet the following criteria may apply:

  • Average or above conceptual ability
  • Good verbal expression skills
  • A strong desire for a college education
  • Basic reading and math skills

How to Apply

Services of the College

The professional staff of the Learning Enrichment and Achievement Program brings together total institutional resources in support of the students with disabilities. Other services provided by the college include:

Financial Aid Assistance

  • Cooperative Education Opportunities
  • Academic Advising
  • Career Advising
  • Job Placement Services
  • Instructional Technology Support

Speaker's Bureau

The Center established a highly regarded speaker's bureau in which New River students and graduates demonstrated the value of transition services.  The program includes persons with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, employers, adult service agency professionals, and educators.  Individuals are available to speak to civic groups, employers and student groups.

Faculty Awareness

In 1987 the Center's coordinator and a committee of New River Community College faculty addressed the need to identify effective instructional strategies for students with learning disabilities. During a summer of cooperative effort, they prepared a handbook entitled Working with Learning Disabled Students, which offers concrete ways for faculty to teach LD students in specific disciplines (social sciences, mathematics, computer technology, office systems technology, drafting, electronics, technology, etc. ).  This publication is now disseminated by the Center for Disability Services.

Although the handbook was initially prepared for New River faculty, awareness of its existence spread, and the requests for copies began.  This interest was spurred on by the publication of Unlocking Potential.  In this 1987 book, authors Scheiber and Talpers described the handbook and listed the Center coordinator as contact person.


  • Excellence in Education, 1988, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Outstanding Programs, 1990, Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities
  • Exemplary Programs, 1991, Vocational Studies Center - University of Wisconsin
  • Model Program Award, 1992, American Association of Community and Junior Colleges
  • Exemplary Programs, 1992, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, University of California, Berkeley