The mission of services to students with disabilities is to empower them to achieve their fullest potential.
Merrimack College is committed to encouraging the full participation of all students in the College’s academic programs as well as its extracurricular activities. To this end, The ADA Academic Coordinator and ADA Compliance Officer work collaboratively with the College’s Administration to promote the accessibility of its events and facilities. The Center for Academic Enrichment and the Hamel Health Center strive to promote the success of students in their future academic and work endeavors. To this end, the ADA Academic Coordinator and the ADA Compliance Officer promote the development of self-advocacy and self-knowledge and stimulate and promote a sense of community and pride among members of the Merrimack College Community who have disabilities and those who do not. The Office of Disability Services is located on the third floor of the McQuade Library, in the Center for Academic Enrichment.
All services are confidential. Services are provided on an individual basis and are determined by the ADA Academic Coordinator or the ADA Compliance Officer once a student’s documentation has been reviewed. We encourage students to contact the ADA Academic Coordinator or the ADA Compliance Officer as early as possible in order to allow sufficient time to implement accommodations.
Some examples of services include:
- Testing Accommodations, such as additional time & distraction-reduced environment
- Alternative format text
- Note-taking support
- Information about Assistive technology
- Accessible apartments/residence halls
- Medical parking exceptions
In addition, specific events such as workshops and guest speakers are offered to cultivate pride and community among Merrimack’s learners with disabilities. The ADA Academic Coordinator works closely with the ADA Compliance Officer and the ADA Compliance team in addressing access issues on campus. Students who are interested in receiving accommodations or who have questions about documentation guidelines are encouraged to contact Disability Services.
**Please note that Merrimack College does not offer a separate program for students with disabilities. If a student requires specialized services, the ADA Academic Coordinator is pleased to provide referrals to outside organizations.
For information about academic accommodations, please contact:
Elaine Divincenzo, M. Ed., ADA Academic Coordinator
Office: McQuade Library, 3rd floor, Center for Academic Enrichment
For general information or for information about accessible residence halls and medical parking exceptions, please contact:
Kevin O’Donnell, J.D., ADA Community & Academic Liaison/Compliance Officer
Office:McQuade Library, Room 304