Introduction

Introduction

Mount Holyoke College is committed to its moral, educational, and legal responsibility for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the ADA Amendment Act of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1998. To this end, discrimination due to a disability is prohibited in programs, services, and activities. 

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1998 states that, No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

The Americans with Disabilities Act states that, 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 to be subjected to discrimination by such entity.

In order to respect the independence and rights of persons with disabilities, the college initiates services only after voluntary disclosure of a disability, submission and verification of appropriate documentation of a disability, and a request for an accommodation following the procedures outlined in this manual. An individual's choice not to disclose a disability is fully respected.

AccessAbility Services is the only designated service at the college for students to voluntarily disclose a disability, submit appropriate documentation for verification, and request accommodations.  

The 504 Compliance Officer at Mount Holyoke College is Rene Davis, Dean of Students. She may be reached by calling (413) 538-2550 or by email at lrdavis@mtholyoke.edu