The mission of the Disability Services Office is to provide access to higher education for students with diagnosed disabilities as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).
The Disability Services Office embraces the College’s mission to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives. The office serves as an advocate for students; works closely with the College community to increase campus awareness of disability related access issues; and develops collaborative relationships on campus and in the community to promote an environment conducive to the completion of higher education degree requirements.
Students interested in receiving accommodations must:
- Identify themselves as a student with a disability
- Request services (see request form on the right)
- Submit documentation of their disability (see eligibility button on right)
- Schedule an appointment with the ADA Academic Coordinator
The ADA Academic Coordinator will review potential accommodations and develop an Accommodation Plan with the student. This is an interactive process between the student and the ADA Academic Coordinator. We encourage students to contact the Disability Services Office as early as possible in order to allow sufficient time to implement accommodations.
Reasonable accommodations must be directly linked to functional limitations determined by a comprehensive review of documentation. Reasonable accommodations which provide equal access to education must not interfere with the academic/technical standards or essential course requirements.
Some examples of potential accommodations include:
- Testing Accommodations, such as additional time and distraction-reduced environment
- Alternative format text
- Note-taking support
- Information about Assistive technology
- Housing Accommodations
- Dietary Accommodations
- 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 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.
Elaine DiVincenzo, M.Ed.
ADA Academic Coordinator
Any student who believes the services he/she received are unsatisfactory has the right to file a complaint with the ADA Compliance Officer. One a complaint has been filed, a committee will review the incident and reach a decision. If, at that time, the student remains dissatisfied, he/she may file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights
**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 or for information about accessible residence halls and medical parking exceptions, please contact:
Elaine Divincenzo, M. Ed., ADA Academic Coordinator
Office: McQuade Library, 3rd floor, Center for Academic Enrichment