Disability Resources

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

The Director of Disability Compliance works in collaboration with faculty and other campus departments to provide support for students with learning disabilities (including ADD and ADHD). This coordination of efforts complies with the mandates of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. 

Once a Voluntary Disclosure Form is filed, a professional evaluation must be submitted by the student.  This evaluation is to diagnose a specific disability and must be completed within three years of MMA enrollment. The documentation required can be found under "Documentation Required" (an IEP is not sufficient).  A support services plan is then developed. Depending upon the nature of the disability, students may be eligible for one or more of the following accommodations:

  • Extended time for quizzes and tests (not to exceed time and ½)
  • Use of tape recorder for lectures
  • Text books on tape
  • Computer use

Reasonable accommodations will be granted to a student provided the accommodation does not substantially alter the fundamental nature of the academic class or program. The Disability Compliance Office works interactively with Faculty and Deans to ensure equal access to a quality Massachusetts Maritime Academy education for all students. For additional information, please call Dr. Fran Tishkevich, Disability Compliance Officer, at (508) 830-5000 x 2208. Email: ftishkevich@maritime.edu 

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.