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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 Accessibility Services in order to request accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are granted on an individual, case-by-case basis by the Coordinator of Accessibility Services to students with documented disabilities.
Student Procedure for Requesting Accommodations:
The Accessibility Services Coordinator will respond to the student to continue the process of establishing accommodations.
- The student schedules an intake meeting for the upcoming semester by contacting the Accessibility Services Coordinator, Elizabeth Daigle.
- 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, students should also submit the initial contact form and identify “HOUSING” in the type of accommodation requested. All requests for housing accommodations should be completed prior to move-in. New requests for housing accommodations during a semester will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- 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.
- All accommodations are approved for the academic year. Students can request adjustments to learning accommodations throughout the school year in collaboration with the coordinator. Housing accommodations need to be requested and approved prior to the start of the student’s first semester of residence.
- Provide your instructors with the Notification of Accommodations letter from Accessibility Services. Meet with each instructor to discuss how the course is set up and how your accommodations apply to the course structure. If there are any questions, talk with the Coordinator.
- Check your EMCC email regularly for important notices from the Accessibility Services.
- Check-in with the Coordinator during the semester.
Each School Year
- You need to request to have accommodations renewed.
- Email Accessibility Services to set up a phone or in-person appointment to renew your accommodations and make any adjustments needed.
Guidelines for Documentation
Students who seek accommodations from Accessibility 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.
- High school documentation is helpful, but a copy of an IEP or 504 is not sufficient. In addition to the most recent IEP and the Summary of Performance or most recent 504, EMCC will need the most recent evaluations or documentation on which the IEP or 504 accommodations were based.
- 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.
Accessibility Services Coordinator