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AccessAbility Services Accommodations
About Accommodations at Mount Holyoke College
- Applicants for admission to Mount Holyoke College who may require accommodations and services are encouraged to contact AccessAbility Services immediately upon acceptance to ensure timely provision of services.
- All incoming students are invited to complete a confidential Disability Registration form on ISIS. In addition, their clinician must submit a Clinician Disability Certification Form along with any supporting documentation. On the basis of these forms, the Director of AccessAbility Services will contact relevant campus resources to work with the student to determine appropriate services and "reasonable" accommodations. The service provider will determine what is a "reasonable" accommodation in relationship to Mount Holyoke College policies and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Requests for accommodations must be timely and made in writing through the use of the forms listed above, and cannot be arranged retroactively. It is the student's responsibility to contact the AccessAbility Services office to schedule an appointment with the Director of AccessAbility Services to discuss their request for accommodations.
- Students with documented learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder should provide supporting documentation, for example psycho-educational evaluations including test scores and recommendations dated within the past three years.
- The Director of AccessAbility Services is the service provider for students with physical disabilities, including students who have mobility, visual, or hearing impairments. She works in collaboration with the Dean of First-Year Studies, other Academic Deans, as well as, other appropriate departments on campus to accommodate academic needs for students with physical disabilities. The AccessAbility Services Office collaborates with the Office of Residential Life to arrange reasonable accommodations and assistance for students with disabilities living in the residence halls. Assistant Directors of Residential Life are notified in advance of students with physical disabilities who have requested services. Once at the College, students are encouraged to work with AccessAbility Services, the Office of Residential Life, and related offices to ensure appropriate support services.
- The Director of AccessAbility Services is the service provider for students with psychiatric disabilities. The works in collaboration with the Director of Counseling Services and the academic deans to arrange reasonable accommodations for students with psychiatric disabilities.
- The Director of AccessAbility Services is the service provider for students with a substance abuse disorder. The Dean works in collaboration with the Director of the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Project and Academic Deans to arrange reasonable accommodations for students in recovery from a substance abuse disorder.
- Students are encouraged to register with AccessAbility Services and submit a Clinician Disability Certification Form before their first semester at Mount Holyoke. Students can register and submit documentation throughout the semester, but the process of registering, submitting documentation and meeting with the service provider to determine reasonable accommodation and then setting up the accommodations takes time. It is in the student's best interest to register with AccessAbility Services, submit the Clinician form including any supporting documentation, and meet with the service provider before they begin their program at Mount Holyoke College, even if they are not requesting reasonable accommodation. It must be understood that arrangements for academic accommodations, equipment, classroom and housing assignments, and other accommodations usually require advance notice.
- After the first year, students are expected to play a more substantial role in specifying their needs and following through on arrangements for accommodations. They must submit an Academic Accommodation Request Form each semester for any academic accommodations they are requesting. The Academic Accommodation Request Form must be submitted to AccessAbility Services at least two weeks before the academic accommodation is needed.
- Confidentiality regarding AIDS, as well as other health concerns, is protected by state and federal law. Information in an individual's health center medical records will not be shared without that individual's written consent.
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