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Disability Resources

Providing Equal Access and Equal Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

MCLA provides reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities to ensure equal access to all MCLA programs and activities. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act identifies a person with a disability as any person who; has a physical or mental impairment; has record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activity such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning or working.

Accessing Services at MCLA

Students who wish to inquire about their eligibility for services must self-disclose their disability to CSSE/Disability Resources and submit required documentation by a qualified professional. The documentation should identify the disability, describe the challenges faced in relation to college life, and if possible recommend specific accommodations.

Once documentation is received, the Disability Resource Office will carefully review all the information and determine the students’ eligibility for services and what reasonable accommodations can be provided at MCLA. Accommodations are developed on an individual basis and are established to facilitate equal access for students. Success is in the hands of the student.

The Process

Once enrolled, students will need to have an initial meeting with a Disability Resource staff member to complete an intake interview. If documentation is complete, the student will be officially registered as a student who is entitled to accommodations under the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Accommodations are developed on a semester-by-semester basis and will vary depending on the essential requirements for a given course. Students are responsible for making an appointment prior to each semester to develop the student’s accommodation plan. This plan will outline the specific courses requiring accommodations and will clearly describe what accommodation(s) are to be provided. It is then the responsibility of the student to deliver and discuss this plan with the instructor(s).

Typical Accommodations Provided at MCLA

Based on documentation, reasonable accommodations might include:

  • Priority Access Registration
  • Test Accommodations
  • Access to Alternative Texts
  • Notetakers
  • Assistive Technology

*Please note that these represent some accommodations provided to MCLA students. Students’ needs are reviewed on an individual basis and specific accommodations will reflect each individual student.

Specialized Admission Process for Students with Disabilities

MCLA strongly encourages students with disabilities to submit documentation to the Office of Admission. This information is beneficial as it will help us assess the supports needed for a successful transition to college.

Applicants to MCLA with a documented learning disability must can choose to submit the documents listed below to waive the SAT/ACT score Admissions requirement, per guidelines established by the MA Department of Higher Education:

Results of psychoeducational assessments conducted in the past 3 years

  • Aptitude testing (WAIS, WISC, KTEA, WJ Cognitive, etc.)
  • Achievement tests (WJ Achievement, WIAT, etc.)

The most recent IEP and/or 504 Plan.

  • IEPs and/or 504 Plans serve to document the history of services rendered, but they are not sufficient sources of documentation in and of themselves. All accommodations are determined by review of documentation.


Cindy MacDonald
Assistant Director of Disability Resources

Tammy Russell
Accessibility Specialist, Disability Services

Cassie Rochelo
Academic Support Coordinator