Providing Equal Access and Equal Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
The Coordinator of Disability Services in CSSE, Katie Sutton, provides, arranges and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts acts in accordance with two relevant laws: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
According to the ADA, a disability can be psychological, physical, auditory, medical, cognitive/learning or another chronic condition as defined by a qualified professional.
Students that wish to access services must provide current documentation of their condition submitted by a qualified professional.
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 can choose to submit the documents listed below to waive the SAT/ACT score Admissions requirement:
Results of psychoeducational assessments conducted in the past 3 years
- Aptitude testing (WAIS, WISC, KTEA, WJ Cognitive, etc.)
- Achievement tests (WJ Achievement, WIAT, etc.)
- 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.
For additional information regarding services for students with disabilities or the accommodation process, please contact Katie Sutton, Coordinator of Disability, at 413.662.5318.
Typical Accommodations Provided at MCLA
Based on documentation, reasonable accommodations might include:
Priority Access Registration (PAR)
Course Substitution for the Core Language Requirement
Access to Alternative Texts
Additional Support Services Available to ALL Students
Students are provided access to any service, program or activity sponsored by the institution.
Peer Writing Associates help students with aspects of the writing process:
- organizing and developing ideas
- composing a thesis statement
- identifying resources for grammar and punctuation
- assisting with citation formats
Peer Tutors help students with course specific content:
- providing explanations of key concepts
- reviewing course terminology, tutee's class notes, quizzes, and tests
- suggesting methods for organizing information, materials, and assignments
- help with developing effective study strategies
- Peer STEM Associates are available on a drop-in basis to help with questions related to science and math coursework.