Disability Services

Mission Statement for Massasoit Disability Services
The goal of the disability service providers at Massasoit Community College is to facilitate equal access to Post-secondary education for students with disabilities and promote the standards set forth by the Association on Higher Education and Disabilities

How do students access services at Massasoit?
Upon acceptance to the college, students with documented disabilities who require support services and/or accommodations are given the opportunity to identify a disability. As soon as possible, students are encouraged to contact one of the disability service providers and self-identify. It is recommended that students schedule an appointment to meet with the disability provider to discuss the need for specific services and accommodations and bring the appropriate documentation with them to the meeting.

How is "disability" defined under the law?
A person with a disability is defined as "any person who (1) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities, or (2) has a record of such an impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment."

Who is eligible for services?
Massasoit Community College is committed to achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation in all college programs and activities for persons with disabilities. As outlined by the ADA, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, "No otherwise qualified person with a Disability in the United States ....shall, solely by reason of ......disability, be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participation in, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance".

A "qualified person with a disability" is defined as one who meets the requisite academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in the Post-secondary institution's programs and activities. Section 504 protects the civil rights of individuals who are qualified to participate and who have disabilities such as, but not limited to the following:

  • blindness or visual impairments
  • cerebral palsy
  • deafness and hard of hearing
  • drug or alcohol addiction
  • epilepsy or seizure disorders
  • orthopedic impairment
  • specific learning disability
  • speech disorder
  • spinal cord or traumatic brain injury
  • chronic illnesses, such as: AIDS, arthritis, cancer, cardiac diseases, diabetes, multiple sclerosis,
    muscular dystrophy, psychiatric disabilities

Is documentation of a disability required?
After receiving a letter of acceptance from the college, students who are requesting accommodations must provide current documentation of their disability to the disability service provider. Documentation furnished by the students "through medical, psychological, educational, and professional reports is considered confidential." Specific guidelines regarding documentation are provided to students by the disability service provider.

What services are available at Massasoit to students with a documented disability?
Massasoit offers a range of support services to students with disabilities as defined by section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 which include:

  • academic, personal, transfer, and career advising
  • modified testing accommodations
  • individual/small group tutoring
  • access to textbooks on tape
  • specialized support service programs
  • access to adaptive technology
  • referral to support service agencies and groups
  • prearranged interpreter services
  • accessible parking

What are the procedures for using Interpreters or CART services?
Requests for interpreter or CART services must be made to the Disability Services at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the semester. The College hires only appropriately credentialed and qualified interpreters. Due to the logistical demands of scheduling of interpreters or arranging for CART services, a student’s course schedule should be finalized as soon as possible. We strongly recommend meeting with a disability counselor to help facilitate the student’s schedule.

Disability Services Handbook
 Handbook for Students with Disabilities

Assistive Technology Available in ARC
In the ARC, we have a variety of technology designed to assist you with your studies. Please meet with a disability counselor to learn more available assistive technology.

Dragon Naturally Speaking -  Voice recognition computer program that creates Word Documents from speech. You speak, it types. A great resource for students with dysgraphia, spelling and/or typing issues.

Kurzweil 3000 - This software program scans documents and reads them. It can assist with writing and will typically benefit students with reading and/or attention issues.

Alpha Smart 3000 - Small computerized note-taking device. These devices can be loaned out for the semester to help with classroom note taking.

Test Talker - Test taking software reads exams aloud.

Victor Reader RFBD Compatible CD Player - A CD player for use with RFBD CD’s- can be loaned out for the semester.

Victor ReaderSoft - Software that read RFBD CD’s.

Kurzweil 1000 - Scans documents and reads them, also allows writing functions. Designed for students with visual impairments.

JAWS - Screen reader software. Designed for students who are blind or have limited vision.

Braille Printer - Specialized printer that prints documents in Braille

MAGIC Software - Text enlarging software for computers.

Individual Assistive Listening Devices - FM Loops -  Device used to amplify sound.

My Reader Closed Circuit TV - Magnification system for printed materials.

Massasoit Community College encourages students with disabilities to self-advocate in order to ensure academic success.

For information or assistance with documented disabilities, for all Massasoit campuses, please contact the Disability Services staff listed to the left.