Noel Program for Students with Disabilities
The Noel Program for Students with Disabilities provides support services to deaf, blind, learning disabled, and other students with documented disabilities. In order to assess each student’s needs and to provide the necessary support services, current professional documentation of a disability or disabilities must be furnished. Upon acceptance to the University, documentation should be sent to the Noel Program for Students with Disabilities. Documentation must be furnished no later than three weeks prior to the beginning of services. Each student is assigned a disability specialist who will work with the student throughout his or her time at Gardner-Webb. Some of the accommodations/services that may be provided if the student has supportive documentation include notetakers, extended-time testing, materials in alternative format, lab assistants, interpreters, orientation and mobility training and use of adaptive technology. The student may also receive help in developing effective study skills and organizational and test-taking strategies.
Program for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Through this program students who are blind or visually impaired have full access to the educational and social opportunities of the University. Special orientation is given to help students make the transition to the University. Orientation and mobility training are provided and a wide variety of adaptive equipment and software is available. In order to meet the needs of both blind and visually impaired students, the University maintains an equipped resource room located in the library and a technology lab in Frank Nanney Hall.
Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Through this program students who are deaf or hard of hearing have full access to the educational and social opportunities of the University. Qualified interpreters that are RID-certified and/or state-licensed and notetakers enable these students to attend fully integrated classes and to participate in extracurricular activities sponsored by the University. Residence halls are equipped with visual fire alarms and doorbell lights. Each deaf and hard of hearing student has a videophone in his/her residence hall room. Frank Nanney Hall, the Library and Campus Security are equipped with videophones as well. The University provides sound amplification equipment that will aid the hard of hearing student in the classroom.