Eligibility for Online Accommodations
It is the responsibility of the student to provide the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's Center for Access & Success the comprehensive documentation outlined below and, when requested, provide any additional information or clarification that conforms to the following guidelines. As stated in the 2009 amendments of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Center for Access & Success may also engage in an interactive process with the professional evaluator to determine how the student's clearly diagnosed disability and limitations to a major life activity (i.e. walking, seeing, hearing, or learning) relate to the higher education.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 states that in order for a student to demonstrate the need for accommodations in their classrooms he/she must provide documentation that contains a specific diagnosis of a disability and specify how this disability substantially limits a major life activity. "Major life activities" include, but are not limited to, seeing, hearing, walking, breathing, and learning. The documentation must also specifically contain the disability's current impact on academic performance. All accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis
- Documentation needs to be current and appropriate to the post secondary environment.
- Actual test scores, data, and data summary must be provided with the specific diagnosis of a disability and, again, specify the functional limitations related to the disability and its current impact on academic performance.
- A diagnostic summary must include specific recommendations for academic accommodations. Accommodations must be based on significant functional limitations and must be supported by the diagnostic assessment.
- Online students can mail copies of the documentation he/she is submitting for review to: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth • Attn: Center for Access & Success • Pine Dale Hall, Room 7136 • 285 Old Westport Road • North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300, send via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via FAX at 508-910-6691.
- Please submit a letter of intent and contact information.