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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

last updated 3-5-14 by discord@maritime.edu