Disability Services

Eastern Maine Community College is dedicated to providing reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act and Amendments of 2009 (ADAA).  Students requesting accommodations have the responsibility of registering with Disability Services in order to request accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations are granted on an individual, case-by-case basis by the Coordinator of Disability Services to students with documented disabilities.


Student Procedure for Requesting Accommodations:

  • The student schedules an intake meeting for the upcoming semester by contacting the Coordinator of Disability Services, Elizabeth Atkinson. Click here to submit the required Intake Form.
  • The student provides the required documentation for the area(s) of disability. The documentation should meet the guidelines described below.
  • The student and Coordinator meet to review and complete the Accommodation Agreement, and draft accommodation letters.
  • The student provides accommodation letters to each instructor. The student maintains adequate communication with the Coordinator throughout the semester, particularly if accommodations require adjustment.
  • For any Residential-Life related accommodations such as request for a single room Click Here to review our procedure and note that all requests should be completed prior to August 1st (for fall semester).
  • To request the presence of an assistance/emotional support animal in the residence halls, please follow the above procedure. For more information on service and support animals, please Click Here to review our procedure.

Each Semester – New and Returning Students

  • Request a meeting with the Coordinator of Disability Services to receive your new or updated accommodation letters for the semester.  Each semester you will sign a new Accommodations Agreement form with the coordinator.  Meet with your instructors at the start of the semester to discuss your accommodations and provide them with a copy of your accommodation letter.
  • Check your EMCC email regularly for important notices from the Disability Services.
  • Check-in with the Coordinator during the semester.
  • Remember: you will need to renew your Accommodation Agreement for your next semester and obtain new accommodation letters at the start of each semester.

Guidelines for Documentation

Students who seek accommodations from Disability Services are required to submit current documentation to verify eligibility as defined under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

  • The documentation is the most recent information on the student’s area(s) of disability. Psychiatric documentation should be current within 1 year.
  • The documentation is provided by a qualified provider such as a licensed psychologist, a medical doctor, or a licensed therapist knowledgeable about the student’s specific functional limitations related to the disability. A copy of an IEP is not sufficient.
  • Learning disability evaluation reports must include the diagnostic criteria, testing results, symptoms, impact on student learning, and recommendations.
  • Documentation verifies the student’s disability; provides specific details on functional limitations and/or symptoms associated with disability; provides recommendations for reasonable accommodations from a qualified provider; and describes how accommodations mitigate the impact of the student’s stated disability.

Faculty Resource

Download Accommodations 101: Accessibility and Disability Services – A Guide for Faculty at EMCC


Contact

Elizabeth Atkinson
Coordinator of Disability Services
Phone: 1-207-974-4868
Fax: 1-207-974-4883