High School Seniors

Students with 504 plans and I.E.P.s - Is MMA right for you?

Are you looking for a college with a structured environment? If so, then Massachusetts Maritime Academy 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.  

Students With Disabilities Preparing For Postsecondary Education: Know Your Right and Responsibilities

High School Educators and Parents


Massachusetts Maritime Academy is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. To be granted academic accommodations, the student must submit a professional evaluation 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).

View Document Required

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
  • 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 at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. For additional information, please call Dr. Fran Tishkevich, Disability Compliance Officer, at (508) 830-5000 x 2208 (Email: ftishkevich@maritime.edu).

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 are not services 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.



High School 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

Parental Rights     

Parents/Guardians are involved and must approve plan for students under 18

Parental Rights     

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


Legal mandate with aim to foster success


Civil rights, non-discrimination to foster access