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Accessibility Services

For Our Registered Students

This page is for students who have met with an accessibility services staff member and are registered with the accessibility services office.

Below are some forms that might apply to your specific plan and make the process for getting what you need quick and simple. This page includes the following sections in order:

  • Logging Into ACCOMMODATE
  • Testing Center Requests
  • Requesting Letters for Professors
  • Requesting Alternative Textbooks
  • Getting Involved With Accessibility Services

Logging Into ACCOMMODATE

Click here for the link to ACCOMMODATE: Accommodate Login For Students

On the Home page: click on “STUDENT” and use your @merrimack.edu username and password to login.

With our new software you can do the following:

  • See all of your accommodations and documentation.
  • Request for your accommodation letters each semester.
  • Make meetings with us.
  • Set up texting alerts through our office.

Requesting Letters for Professors

Click here for the link to ACCOMMODATE: Accommodate Login For Students

For all students who are already registered with our office (i.e., have had a meeting with one of our staff members to set up a reasonable accommodation plan), if your accommodation plan does not require any changes and you simply need a copy of your letter, please follow the steps above to request your letters.

Steps to request your semester accommodation plan letters through Accommodate that you will give to your professors:

  1. Login to Accommodate.
  2. Click on “Accommodation.”
  3. Click on the tab “Semester Request.”
  4. Select the semester you are requesting letters for (for example: Fall 2017).
  5. Click on “Request Accommodation.”
  6. Click on “Review The Request” (please let us know if your Accommodation list isn’t accurate).
  7. Input for each accommodation the number of classes you are taking during the requested semester.
  8. Click on “Submit.”

If you would like to see screenshots of the process, click on this link to download a PDF of the steps: Steps for Requesting Accommodation Plan Letters.

Below is more information about when and where to pick up your accommodation letters:

  • If you request before the start of the semester, you may come by the Accessibility Services Office (on the 3rd floor of McQuade Library) during the first week of classes between 8:30am and 4:30pm  to pick up your letters to give to your professors.
  • If you request after the first day of classes, you will receive an email within three business days of your request telling you when your letters are ready and you can pick them up between 8:30am and 4:30pm to the Accessibility Services Office (on the 3rd floor of McQuade Library).

If you need to make updates to your accommodation plan, please first arrange an appointment with one of our staff members. We’re happy to meet with you!

You can always email accessibilityservices@merrimack.edu with questions or concerns.

Requesting Alternative Textbooks

Click here for the link to the form: Alternative Textbook Request Form

If you have been approved for this accommodation, please fill this form out at the start of each semester.

The process for requesting alternative textbooks is as follows: 

  1. Make sure your class schedule is final. If you know you’re going to change a class (or possibly could), please wait to submit the form until you know your final schedule.
  2. Buy your books and take a picture of the receipts.
  3. Submit this form for each book and press submit at the end: Alternative Textbook Request Form
  4. Email accessibilityservices@merrimack.edu with your receipts to your textbooks.
  5. You will receive a response within 5 business days. That means that we will either have the PDF sent to you, or we will have contacted all the publishers to get your books (publishers might take a little longer than the 5 days to approve your book).

Testing Center Requests

Click here for the link to the form: Testing Center Request Form

*COMING SOON: Process and explanation coming soon on how to request your exams through ACCOMMODATE when that feature is available.

Extended Time and Reduced Distraction are approved academic accommodations that can often be arranged with your instructor ahead of time. This form is used after you have already spoken with your instructor and it has been determined that you will need to use the Accessibility Services Testing Center to take your exam.

Please be sure to speak with your instructor about all assigned exams for the semester. If you are using the Testing Center, you should initiate this online form one week before your exam.

The process for every exam is as follows:

  1. Once your instructor has confirmed this information, you and your professor will receive a confirmation via a Google Calendar invite with the following information: exam date, exam time, and assigned testing space.
  2. One week before your exam, you must fill out this form that is below (it will also be on our website next week). All students who have been approved for extended time and/or reduced distraction need to fill out the following form to request taking an exam with the Accessibility Services Office: Testing Center Request Form.
  3. Upon submitting this form, Accessibility Services staff will confirm your approved accommodations and submit your request to your instructor within one business day.
  4. You must arrive to your exam at least 5 minutes before the start time. We will collect all phones upon arrival (please leave your belongings at home, we are not responsible for any missing items). There will be a Confidentiality and Academic Honesty Policy sheet for you to sign before you start your exam.

The Testing Center is not used for the taking of quizzes. It is not in your best interest to take quizzes here, as you can miss important class time and information that typically ensues after/before a quiz. There are some things that can be worked out with your professor that can be helpful (for example: taking the quiz right before class, right after class, during your professor’s office hours, in a room adjacent to the classroom). Please let us know if you have any questions.

All exams/testing must be started and completed within the hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm. Your exam/test cannot overlap with any current classes. There is space on the form to specify if you need an alternate time to take the exam/test, if necessary.

FINALS: A Finals Testing Request Form will be available close to finals. You will receive an email when it is live.

Getting Involved with Accessibility Services

We are always looking for students who would like to share their narrative and their experience of having a disability with others. There are many potential opportunities for students who want to help share their voice! Please email us at accessibilityservices@merrimack.edu if you are someone who wants to share your experience with others in large group settings, small group settings, via video, or in writing (anonymously or not anonymously). We would love to work with you!

Contact Info

Phone: 978-837-5278
Email: accessibilityservices