Are you looking for a college with a structured environment? If so, then MassachusettsMaritimeAcademy might be right for you. The MMA experience consists of two distinct components: The Regiment and Academics. The regimental lifestyle is highly structured. You will be told how and when to polish your shoes, press your uniform, clean your room, stand watch, and more. To fit regimental responsibilities into your daily schedule, you will rise early and go to bed late. The academic component, on the other hand, is more traditional. It is rigorous. You will take Calculus, Physics and Chemistry. While attendance at class is mandatory, it is up to you to plan and organize your academic day. You plan when to do homework, write papers, turn in coursework, and seek help when you need it. Responsibility for such tasks is entirely your own, since MMA does not provide academic coaching or organizational support to help you plan your academic day.
As you transition from high school to college, being well informed about your rights and responsibilities, as well as the responsibilities postsecondary schools have for accommodating students with disabilities, will help you obtain the benefits of higher education and help you select a school that suits your needs. The U.S. Department of Education has prepared two very informative booklets. The first: “Students With Disabilities Preparing For Postsecondary Education: Know Your Right and Responsibilities” is available on-line at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html The second: "High School Educators and Parents" is available on-line at: http://www2.ed.gov/print/about/offices/list/ocr/transitionguide.html
MassachusettsMaritimeAcademy is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. To be granted academic accommodations, the student must submit a professionalevaluation of the specific disability performed within three years of MMA enrollment (an IEP is not sufficient, and does NOT carry over to the postsecondary level). The documents required can be found at http://www.maritime.edu/index.cfm?pg=722 . All required documents MUST be on file before accommodations can be considered.
Depending upon the nature of the disability, the student may be eligible for one or more of the following accommodations:
Extended time for quizzes and tests (not to exceed time and ½)
Reduced distraction room for testing
Use of tape recorder for lectures
Text books on tape
Reasonable accommodations will be granted to a student provided the accommodation does not substantially alter the fundamental nature of the academic class or program at MassachusettsMaritimeAcademy. For additional information, please call Dr. Fran Tishkevich, Disability Compliance Officer, at (508) 830-5000 x 2208 (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
As you transition to the college level, the accommodation process changes. Accommodations that you received in high school may not be applicable in college. For example, academic coaching and organizational support arenotservices that are available at MMA. Unlike your high school, however, your postsecondary school is not required to provide FAPE (free appropriate public education). Rather, your postsecondary school is required to provide appropriate academic adjustments as necessary to ensure that it does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The table below may help clarify some of the differences between services provided in high school and those provided at college.
Laws: IDEA & Section 504
Laws: Section 504 & ADA
School district identifies, evaluates and plans educational interventions in attempt to facilitate student success
Students must self-identify, provide their documentation, and request disability services to facilitate access
Parents/Guardians are involved and must approve plan for students under 18
Students 18 and over are their own advocates; parents are not involved; FERPA applies, mandating non-disclosure to parents
School may provide academic and non-academic services
Students are provided access to any service, program or activity sponsored by the institution. Services of a personal nature (personal care, personal attendants, academic coaches, readers, typists, etc. for out of class work) are the responsibility of the student
Educational programs, student outcomes, class requirements, etc. may be modified to facilitate student success
Reasonable accommodations are provided, based on student request, to facilitate access; success is the responsibility of the student and the fundamental nature and outcomes of classes are not modified
IEPs and 504 Plans are provided
Accommodation sheets are developed each semester. It is the responsibility of the student to request the sheets, to deliver them to their instructors and to discuss with the instructor the requested accommodations
The school district shares student plans with school personnel as deemed appropriate
The student is in charge of his/her disability information and disclosure is made only at the request of the student or on a need to know basis