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Disability Accommodations at MCAD

Accommodation Services 

Persons with disabilities have a right to equal opportunity as prescribed by law. MCAD offers reasonable accommodations to ensure equitable access for students who self-disclose a documented disability. MCAD complies with federal disability laws; including, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Fair Housing Act.

Support services for students with disabilities are managed through Disability Services, located within the Learning Center

Disability Accommodation

Disclosure and Accommodation/Access Process:

  1. Disclosures can be made via our Disability Disclosure and Accomodation Request Form or by meeting with the director 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 the director, Timothy Gardner at disability_services@mcad.edu.
  2. Once the webpage for the form opens then you can select “Get Started” to fill out the form.
  3. 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.

Disability Documentation

Documentation of disabilty/ies (not older than five 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 licensed 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.

Accommodations and Accommodation Requests:

Students may make an appointment with the Learning Center director to discuss accommodation options at any point during the school year.

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 accommodations.

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 the Learning Center director. You will receive confirmation of the approved accomodations after a Disability Services staff memeber reviews your request and you meet with the Learning Center director.

Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals

Persons with disabilities have a right to equal opportunity as prescribed by law. MCAD offers reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access for students who self-disclose a documented disability. MCAD complies with federal disability laws; including, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Fair Housing Act. MCAD prohibits animals on campus; however, exceptions are made for Emotional Support Animals in the residential setting and for Service Animals for individuals with disabilities.

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

Accessible Parking on Campus

Handicapped parking is available on the driveway at the main enterance for the MCAD Main Gallery on Stevens Avenue and in the pay parking lot at the rear of the Main Gallery off of 26th Street.

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