Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973
“No otherwise qualified individuals with a handicap … shall, solely by reason of his or her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination by any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)
Title II: Public Service
“…no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity or be subject to discrimination by any such entity.”
Massachusetts General Laws
Chapter 272, Section 98
“Whoever makes any distinction, discrimination or restriction on account of …any physical or mental disability … relative to the admission of any person to, or his treatment in any place of public accommodation …Shall be punished…"
“All persons shall have the right to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any place of public accommodations…”
Process for Accessing Academic Accommodations
- Students must self-identify and provide appropriate documentation to the Office of Academic Support in the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA).
- Documentation will be reviewed and eligibility for reasonable and appropriate accommodations will be determined on an individual basis.
- The documentation will be retained in a confidential Registry of Students with Disabilities at CASA.
- The Office of Academic Support will provide students with Documentation Confirmation letters for faculty to confirm appropriate accommodations.
- Students who do not provide faculty with Documentation Confirmation should be referred to the Office of Academic Support.
- The Director of Academic Support will work closely with faculty in an advisory capacity to develop reasonable accommodations for students.
- The Office of Academic Support works with the Office of Disability Services to provide reasonable accommodations.
Categories of Disability
- Blind/Impaired Vision
- Deaf/Impaired Hearing
- Physical/Impaired Mobility
- Learning Disabilities
- Psychiatric Disabilities
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Chronic or Extenuating Medical Conditions
Disability documentation is confidential between the student and the Office of Academic Support in the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA). Documentation is not shared with faculty unless the student chooses to reveal it.
Any explicit or implicit inference by the faculty to a particular student and the disability is inappropriate.
General Accommodations and Services
- Extended testing time (1.5 x)
- Distraction-reduced environment
- Note taking
- Assistive technology
- Tape-recorded lectures
- Alternative format textbooks
For further information, please contact Ms. LaDonna Bridges, Director of Academic Support, at 508-626-4906 or firstname.lastname@example.org.