Access & Disability Resources (ADR) is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities have equal, effective, and meaningful access to all academic programs, community events, goods, and services provided by the college in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Students with disabilities seeking services and/or accommodations, will want to voluntarily disclose their disability, submit relevant documentation and participate in an Intake meeting with ADR staff, in order to establish eligibility for academic accommodations and support through Access & Disability Resources.
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Students may have one or more of the following disabilities, conditions or impairments (this list is not exhaustive): learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, psychiatric disorders, physical or mobility impairments, chronic health conditions, deafness or hearing loss, blindness or low vision, traumatic brain injury, service related disabilities, or a temporary disabling condition that may require temporary accommodations.
Typically, students have 3 tasks to complete in order to establish eligibility.
- Students will need to self-identify as a student with a disability by voluntarily disclosing their disability to ADR through the Access & Disability Resources (ADR) Voluntary Disability Disclosure form.
- Provide ADR with current and relevant disability documentation (documentation, including HS educational plans, should not be submitted to the admissions office or an office other than ADR). Students can upload documentation or may want to ask their health care provider to complete the Disability Verification Form in leu of uploading documentation
3. Complete an Intake meeting with ADR staff to discuss disability history, documentation, past use of accommodations and the current impact of the disability in the educational environment.
Documentation should support the need for accommodations that are reasonable and appropriate in the college environment. Some medical or mental health conditions are episodic in nature and may warrant updated documentation at some point during the student’s time at Massasoit. Sources of documentation can be from:
- Diagnostic testing, evaluative reports or academic assessments.
- A detailed letter from a qualified mental health provider, primary care physician, specialist, or other practitioner stating the student’s diagnosis, major life activities impacted by the diagnosis and the functional limitations caused by the diagnosis. The letter must be on official letterhead, signed and dated by the practitioner, with credentials listed.
- A completed ADR Disability Verification Form filled out by a health care provider.
Please note: IEPs and 504 Plans alone are not considered sufficient documentation but can be provided as supplemental documentation. Documentation, including HS educational plans, should not be submitted to the admissions office or an office other than ADR, in order to protect student privacy and to allow for self-disclosure.
Disability documentation is maintained in secure electronic files with access limited to ADR staff. Diagnostic information does not become part of the student’s academic transcript. Faculty will not be informed of a student’s diagnosis, but will need to receive an Accommodation Letter informing faculty of the student’s approved accommodations.
ADR staff are considered mandated reporters which means that explicit information shared with ADR about sexual assault or recent suicide attempts or plans, requires us to help connect students with confidential resources. If students would rather not disclose to ADR staff, they can share diagnoses, symptoms and impact without sharing explicit details of the event or events.
Prospective/incoming students: Students should apply to and be admitted to Massasoit for degree seeking credit courses, or registered for noncredit certificate programs prior to submitting documentation. Once a student is admitted or registered, ADR encourages students to self-disclose their disability prior to submitting disability documentation by completing the Access & Disability Resources (ADR) Voluntary Disability Disclosure form. Students do have the option to submit documentation at the same time as completing the Voluntary Disability Disclosure form (instructions for uploading are on the form) but submitting documentation is not required at that specific moment.
Students that are advised to take placements tests and want to use accommodations for placement testing should contact ADR to schedule placement tests. Disability documentation will need to be submitted to ADR prior to the time of placement testing.
If placement testing is not necessary, documentation will need to be submitted prior to attending the ADR Intake meeting
- Newly admitted students: An intake meeting can be scheduled once a student has been accepted to Massasoit, completed the Access & Disability Resources (ADR) Voluntary Disability Disclosure form, Upload documentation or a health care provider can complete the Disability Verification Form and completed the placement testing series (or have used multiple measures scores to bypass placement testing). Newly admitted students are encouraged to complete orientation and course registration for their first semester, prior to completing the ADR Intake. ADR encourages newly admitted students to complete the Intake meeting prior to the start of their first semester.
- Currently Enrolled students: Current students can schedule an Intake meeting once they have completed the Access & Disability Resources (ADR) Voluntary Disability Disclosure formand Upload documentation or a health care provider can complete the Disability Verification Form . Intake meetings can be scheduled throughout the academic year.
Newly admitted students may be required to take placement tests to determine suitable Math and English courses and/or satisfy prerequisites for classes. Testing accommodations for placement tests are available through ADR for students with a documented disability.
- Testing with accommodations is by appointment only and needs to be scheduled directly with ADR; appointment times will vary by campus, proctor availability, accommodations being requested and department obligations.
- In order to receive accommodations for placement testing, students will be asked to self-disclose their disability and provide documentation. On the day of the placement testing, students will be asked to show a photo ID to verify their identification.
Please Note: Accommodations allowed for placement testing do not constitute eligibility for academic accommodations; academic accommodations are determined at the Intake meeting.
ADR does not offer diagnostic testing, coaching (social or academic), personal care assistance, transportation assistance, or modification of curriculum.
ADR has access to various kinds of assistive technology within the office, or in some cases, to borrow for a semester. View available assistive technology
Massasoit is committed to access, whether it be physical or print access, however, if you happen to experience a barrier to a physical space, printed material or attitudinal, we want to know about it so that we can respond to the person who encountered the barrier. Students, staff and visitors to the campus (in person or remotely) are encouraged to complete the Report an Access Concern form .
Massasoit is committed to providing an educational experience and community that does not discriminate against any student that has a disability. However, if you believe that you have experienced discrimination based on a disability, you are encouraged to contact ADR to inform them of your concern and to discuss pathways to address the concern. If after the possible outcomes have been communicated and you are unsatisfied with the resolution, you may choose to file a complaint through the school’s ADA/504 Coordinator Yolanda Dennis firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-588-9100, x1309. For more information, please see Affirmative Action Policy. The student can choose to go directly to the Office of Civil Rights to file a grievance with the U.S. Department of Education at OCR Complaint.