START STRONG Academy - JOIN US on August 29 & 30, 2021 for a
2-Day College Success Academy that will introduce students to college campus life while diving deeper into common transition challenges. See details below!
"I really appreciated this opportunity last fall and I would recommend the Start Strong Academy to new students. Attending the academy gave me a personal comfort in my arrival to this totally new college experience!"
We are experiencing truly unique times. If you have questions about how the office is handling safety for COVID-19 please email us at Disabilityresources@mcla.edu.
Helping build pathways to learning for students with disabilities.
MCLA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities. We work to provide students with equitable access to all MCLA programs and services. Our philosophy and programs assist eligible students in fostering independence in college to the fullest extent possible, embracing self-advocacy, and in developing skills to transition and succeed in their careers. We believe that disability is a natural part of human variation and an essential aspect of diversity.
The Office of Disability Resources, located in the Center for Student Success and Engagement, provides students with individualized support services based on the nature of the documented disability. A testing center, located on the garden level of Eldridge Hall proctors exams for students with approved testing accommodations. Disability Resources also provides one-on-one personalized training on general technology and on assistive technology hardware/software.
JOIN US ON August 29 & August 30, 2021
The Start Strong Academy will introduce freshmen students to college campus life while diving deeper into some of the common transition challenges experienced by freshmen students. Brought to you by the Office of Academic Support and Disability Resources, this two-day academy will offer a meaningful pre-college experience that will “steer you on the road to success.” During the Academy, students will learn how to build self-advocacy skills, discover their unique learning style, learn valuable study skills/habits, set specific learning goals, and make their way around campus and into the larger community.
The Start Strong Academy uses the metaphor of a road trip for getting through college’s tougher transition challenges.
So grab your backpack, jump onboard and roll down the window. Join us for an exciting ride. Registration information will be emailed to all freshmen students SOON!
Based on documentation, reasonable accommodations might include:
Priority access registration
Note takers or recording devices
Accessible instructional materials
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.
Success coaches provide one-on-one support to students throughout their first year at MCLA. Coaches work with students on transition competency areas to develop the structure and framework necessary to be successful in college. Coaches work in partnership with students to improve academic skills, to identify resources, and to address any obstacles to academic success. Success Coaching is individualized, strength-based and holistic.
Success coaches are currently available via TEAMS. In-person coaching will resume in the Fall, 2021. If you would like to opt into the coaching program please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (413)662-5314.
Don't forget to ask about taking the LASSI (Learning & Study Skill Assessment). Become more aware of what areas you can work on to improve your academic and study skills.
The Disability Resource Office provides screenings on a variety of assistive technologies and software applications. Screenings provide an opportunity for students and the Disability Resource staff to review and discuss various assistive technologies and software that may be useful. Screenings are also a chance to discuss any current or past challenges with different technology. Introductory sessions on how to get started are available by request.
Both MAC and Windows operating systems have a number of built in accessibility programs such as voice dictation. These can be good alternatives to Kurzweil 3000 and Dragon and give students basic and FREE starter resources that they can access anywhere! Students should meet with the Accessibility Specialist staff to discuss which form of technology would be appropriate as early as possible in the semester. Training and demonstrations are provided by appointment, after an accommodation plan is established.
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities This publication from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights is relevant to any postsecondary student going to any college or university. Be familiar with the information in this booklet as you begin to look at colleges and universities for your student.
Auxiliary Aids and Services for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities This booklet can give you more specific information about the types of assistance that are generally available to students with disabilities at the postsecondary level.
Family Guide to Transition Services in Massachusetts, https://fcsn.org/transition_guide/english.pdf Brought to you in partnership by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and the Federation for Children with Special Needs.
Dear Prospective Student: The Office of Disability Resources understands that student's rights and responsibilities change considerably from high school to college. We want you to make a successful transition. We welcome prospective students with disabilities to schedule a meeting with us to discuss some very important transition items !
If you are interested in scheduling an early transition meeting with the Associate Director or Disability Resources, contact Cindy MacDonald at (413) 662-5314 or email Cindy.MacDonald@mcla.edu
Disability Resource Handbook (Word)
Disability Resource Handbook (PDF)