Resources, Equity, Accessibility, and Learning Office

Welcome to the Office of Resources, Equity, Accessibility and Learning (REAL)

The REAL office the coordinating office for students with disabilities. The REAL Office incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to addressing students’ educational needs by utilizing the wealth of advocacy research within a disability studies framework, collaborative efforts and best practice models in service provision.

The vision for The Office of Resources for Equity, Accessibility &  Learning (REAL) is to provide equal access to the educational environment provided at The College of New Rochelle for the diversity of students in each of the schools; School of Arts and Sciences,School of Nursing, Graduate School and School of New Resources. To that end, the REAL Office (formerly Disability Services) works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create an inclusive educational environment for all students. The REAL Office acknowledges that classroom and campus accessibility needs and considerations are expanding as more classes and campus experiences incorporate online and technological components.  The REAL Office is available to discuss any course or campus barriers that may be preventing access to education and an equitable campus experience for students. The REAL Office aims to directly address issues of self-advocacy, equity and learning challenges experienced by students throughout The College of New Rochelle.

To apply for accommodations or services, a student is required to:

  • Be enrolled at The College of New Rochelle.
  • Provide a completed Application Form for the semester of requested services.
  • Provide appropriate and specific documentation issued by a medical or other qualified, licensed professional, printed on letterhead/official form, signed and dated.  The documentation should:
o be recent and comprehensive enough to assess the current impact on learning or life activity clearly establish a link between the disability and the requested accommodations/services 

  • Schedule an appointment with the REAL Coordinator. The Application Form and accompanying documentation may be brought to the initial appointment,or arrangements will be made for future submission.   
  • Applications should be submitted at the beginning of the semester for which accommodations/services are requested. Students are asked to maintain ongoing contact with the Coordinator and update any changes,especially at the beginning of each new semester.

Please Note:  A completed application and appropriate documentation must be submitted in order for accommodations/services to be coordinated.

Current or prospective students are encouraged to contact:
Elizabeth Spadaccini, MS, LMSW
REALsupport@cnr.edu 914-654-5556