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Massachusetts Maritime Academy - Documents Required Disability Resources - Documents Required

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.  The ADA defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more life functions.

Documentation of the disability must have been completed within three years of the date of enrollment.  An I.E.P. or 504 Plan is NOT sufficient documentation and does NOT carry over to the college level.  Accommodations cannot be provided until complete documentation has been received by the Disability Resource Office (DRO).

The DRO provides services to students with disabilities, working with each individually.  Students with learning disabilities must establish eligibility for services and/or reasonable accommodations by providing disability documentation from a professional licensed or certified to diagnose and treat their disability.

Learning Disabilities

Disability documentation for students with Learning Disabilities must be provided by one of the following:

  • Licensed psychologist
  • Licensed neuropsychologist

Such documentation should be the result of comprehensive adult-level testing completed no earlier than the student’s 10th or 11th grade of high school.

Documentation must include the following:

  • Diagnosis and DSM code
  • History
  • Observations
  • Comprehensive standardized adult IQ test, recommended, the WAIS –III, with results and interpretation of all sub-tests included
  • Comprehensive test of achievement, recommended, the Woodcock-Johnson, with results and interpretation of all sub-tests included.
  • Conclusions
  • Summary
  • Recommendation of accommodations

Additional evaluations are the professional call of the diagnostician, and will help insure the credibility of the eligibility criteria, as well as providing our staff with valuable insight into the student’s disability-related accommodation requests and abilities. 

The evaluator MUST include specific recommendations that address the specific learning disability.  (The recommendations usually appear on the last page of the testing results.  Please be sure they are included.)

 

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Students with ADD or ADHD must establish eligibility for services and/or reasonable accommodations by providing disability documentation from a professional licensed or certified to diagnose and treat their disability.

Disability documentation for students with ADD or ADHD must be provided by one of the following:

  • Licensed psychologist
  • Licensed neuropsychologist

Such documentation should be the result of a comprehensive adult-level testing completed no earlier than the student’s 10th or 11th grade of high school.

Documentation must include the following:

  • Diagnosis and DSM code
  • History
  • Observations
  • Comprehensive standardized adult IQ test, recommended, the WAIS-III, with results and interpretation of all sub-tests included
  • Comprehensive test of achievement, recommended, the Woodcock-Johnson, with results and interpretation of all sub-tests included.
  • Comprehensive attentional assessments such as the TOVA (Test of Variable Attention), PASAT (paced auditory serial test), Trail Making Tests (parts A & B) of the Halstead-Reitan, are recommended.
  • Conclusions
  • Summary
  • Recommendation of accommodations

Additional evaluations are the professional call of the diagnostician, and will help insure the credibility of the eligibility criteria, as well as providing our staff with valuable insight into the student’s disability-related accommodation requests and abilities.

The evaluator MUST include specific recommendations that address the specific learning disability.  (The recommendations usually appear on the last page of the testing results.  Please be sure they are included.)
 

Documentation may be submitted to MMA by:

Mail:  
Dr. F. Tishkevich                                                    
Disability Resource Officer
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
101 Academy Dr.
Buzzards Bay, MA  02532

E-mail:   ftishkevich@maritime.edu

FAX:   (508) 830-6401
 

Psychological, Medical or Physical Disabilities

 Students with psychological, medical or physical disabilities work primarily with the Health Services Office.  Health Services will coordinate with the Disability Resource Office to identify reasonable, appropriate accommodations.  Request for reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and academic adjustments on the basis of a psychological, medical or physical disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities which might include but are not limited to: learning, concentrating, seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, breathing, sleeping and/or working must meet the following guidelines.

Comprehensive and detailed information documenting a psychological, medical or physical disability and the need for services must be certified by a licensed physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, neurologist, speech pathologist or other appropriate professional. Massachusetts Maritime Academy reserves the right to determine the nature and extent of reasonable accommodations, thus additional documentation may be requested to assist in identifying appropriate reasonable accommodations

Documentation should include:

  • A clear diagnostic statement including a description of the duration and severity of condition and the current impact of (or limitation imposed by) the disability within the college setting.
  • A statement regarding treatments or services used to minimize the impact of a disabling condition.
  • Currently prescribed medications if the side effects of such medications create barriers to learning.
  • Recommendations for accommodations that is reasonable and validated by current documentation.
  • The name, title, address and phone number of certifying professional(s) including date of diagnosis and/or evaluation.
  • Test results of auditory functioning or impairment and aids used     (hearing aids, FM systems,     cochlear implants, etc.)
  • Visual acuity and aids used 

The evaluator MUST include specific recommendations that address the specific disability.  (The recommendations usually appear on the last page of the testing results.  Please be sure they are included.)

Documentation may be submitted to MMA by:

Mail:  Health Services                                                                                                                              Massachusetts Maritime Academy                                                                                                                101 Academy Dr.                                                                                                                                     Buzzards Bay, MA  02532                                                                                                                                                                             

last updated 10-29-2014 by discord@maritime.edu