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Disability Accommodation

Accommodation Services 

Persons with disabilities have a right to equal opportunity as prescribed by law. MCAD is responsible for and dedicated to creating a barrier-free environment while empowering students to grow toward independence and self-assertion. Take note, though, that it is the individual student’s responsibility to make their needs known and request assistance.

MCAD offers reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access for students who self-disclose a documented disability. Support services for students with disabilities are managed through Disability Services, located within the Learning Center. 

Disability Accommodation

Disclosure and Accommodation/Access Process:

Disclosures can be made via our Disability Disclosure and Accomodation Request Form or by meeting with a professional staff member in the Learning Center. (Students who complete the online form will also be invited to an in-person meeting with professional staff in the Learning Center.) To set up an appointment for disclosing a disability, please contact disability_services@mcad.edu.

Once the webpage for the form opens then you can select “Get Started” to fill out the form. Once you submit the form then you will receive a confirmation on the screen and via E-mail that says you have submitted your request. If you do not receive this confirmation then your request was not submitted correctly. If this happens then please contact Disabiilty Services at disability_services@mcad.edu and one of our staff memebers will help you.

Appropriate documentation (not older than three years) will be requested at the time of disclosure. This may include, but is not limited to, educational or medical records, reports and assessments created by health care providers, school psychologists, psychiatrists, and others as deemed appropriate. Please fill out the form even if you do not have your documentation in a digital format at the time that you are filling out the form; we can add your documenation later.

Students can request accommodations for their courses during the disclosure process. You may or may not receive the accomodations that you request as accommodations are decided on an individual, case-by-case basis in a process that involves the student, faculty, and a Learning Center professional staff member. You will receive confirmation of the approved accomodations after a Disability Services staff memeber reviews your request.

Students may also make an appointment with a professional staff member in the Learning Center to discuss accommodation options.

Accommodation Requests:

Note that although students need only complete the disclosure process once, accommodations must be requested each semester through the same system.

Academic accommodations might include, but are not limited to, extended time on tests, distraction-free and quiet testing environments, notetakers, assistive note taking devices, and digital texts. Other accommodations might include, but are not limited to, information and referral, registration assistance, interpreters, and physical access accommodation.

Handicapped parking is available on the driveway near the MCAD Main Gallery.

For more information about these services, please contact the Learning Center Director at: learning_center@mcad.edu.

Emotional Support Animals

Students who have a qualified service animal should fill out the same Disability Disclosure and Accomodation Request Form, and submit a copy of MCAD's Emotional Support Animal Policy and Contract to Disability Services. Any student wishing to bring an emotional support animal must complete the contract and supplemental paperwork at least 30 - 90 days prior to the ESA arriving on campus. It is best to have this paperwork to us as soon as you can so we can arrange your housing accordingly. This is particularly important in the summer and for new students.

Using Kurzweil 3000 in the MCAD Testing Center

The Learning Center offers low distraction and distraction-free testing to students who qualify. In addition, two computers in the Learning Center's testing rooms are equipped with Kurzweil 3000, an interactive software with demonstrated success for reducing learning barriers for students with a variety of learning disabilities in addition to students learning the English language. Stop by the Learning Center to learn more, and if you like the program, be sure to request a Kurzweil-equipped computer for your next exam!

Instructions for using Kurzweil 3000

Additional Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities:

Students with disabilities preparing for postsecondary education

How students with disabilities can prepare for college

College planning for students with disabilities

College funding for students with disabilities

Going to college

Advice for success in college from students with disabilities

Know your rights and responsibilities

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