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 Coordinator 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 Coordinator 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.
All services are confidential. Services are negotiated on an individual basis and are determined by the ADA Academic Coordinator once a student's documentation has been reviewed. We encourage students to contact the ADA Academic Coordinator as early as possible in order to allow sufficient time to implement accommodations.
Some examples of services include:
- Additional time to complete exams
- Testing Accommodations
- Books on tape/CD (when available)
- Help with Note-taking
- Accessible apartments/residence halls
In addition, specific events such as workshops and guest speakers are offered to cultivate pride and community among Merrimack's learners with disabilities.
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.
To be eligible for services students must have a disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. These laws define a person with a disability as one who (1) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, or (2) has a record of such impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment. In order to receive services, a student must request accommodations and provide documentation of the disability to the ADA Academic Coordinator.
Students with Psychiatric Disabilities
Students with psychiatric disabilities must provide a letter written by a licensed mental health professional. The report should include an explanation of the nature of the disability and how it impacts academic success. The letter should also include suggestions for possible accommodations.
Students with Physical Disabilities
Students with physical disabilities must provide a letter from a physician documenting the nature of the disability, its impact in an academic setting as well as suggestions for possible accommodations.
Students with Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit
Students with learning disabilities must provide an evaluation by a licensed psychologist or other qualified examiner conducted within the last three years. The report should include a diagnosis of the disability as well as recent scores from either the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children or the Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale, and other relevant testing. The report should include the examiner's impressions and suggestions for possible accommodations.
Please note that Individual Education Plans such as those developed during high school are insufficient documentation for a learning disability.
Any student who believes the services he/she has received are unsatisfactory has the right to file a complaint with the ADA Compliance Coordinator. Once 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.
For more information, please contact Elaine Divincenzo, ADA Academic Coordinator, by phone at 978-837-5140 or by email at Elaine.Divincenzo@merrimack.edu.