Rachel Buday, MAT
Coordinator of Disability Services
What is a reasonable accommodation?
Accommodations are adjustments to the standard methods used to access educational opportunities at Wheelock College. For example, students may be eligible for extra time and a separate location for testing and exam-taking.
Individual accommodations are determined through a series of questions. The answer to each question must be "yes," or the accommodation is not appropriate.
- Does the student have a disability as defined by Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act?
- Has the student provided appropriate documentation?
- Is the student "otherwise qualified" to participate in the program or course?
- With the requested accommodations, can the student perform the essential tasks of the course?
- Is the requested accommodation reasonable?
- An accommodation is reasonable if it:
- is based on documented individual needs; AND
- allows the most integrated experience possible; AND
- does not compromise the essential requirements of a course or program; AND
- does not pose a threat to personal or public safety; AND
- does not impose undue financial or administrative burden; AND
- is not of a personal nature
- An accommodation is reasonable if it:
Determination of reasonable accommodations is made on a case-by-case basis. Accommodations are not provided based simply on diagnosis, but are provided according to consideration of an individual's specific needs.
Wheelock College is committed to providing its students with equal access to its academic program and other College programs and opportunities. Part of this commitment includes the College's prohibition against discrimination on the basis of disability, and its goal of complying with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, specifically Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2008.
All Wheelock students have a responsibility to meet the academic, technical, and institutional standards of Wheelock College and its academic programs with or without accommodation. Any student registered with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) with concerns about accommodations provided or who otherwise feels discriminated against on the basis of disability is encouraged, without fear of reprisal, to use the procedures outlined in this policy. Students with questions or concerns about disability discrimination, including students who are not registered for services with ODS, may also contact ODS at email@example.com or the College's ADA Compliance Officer, Michele Crews, Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wheelock College prohibits retaliation against any person who requests a reasonable accommodation, files a grievance alleging disability discrimination, participates in a fact- finding process relating to this procedure, or otherwise engages in protected conduct under the law.
A student registered with ODS who has a disability-related grievance is strongly encouraged to participate in the College's grievance procedure and to bring forward the grievance in a timely fashion. Depending on the matter(s) raised, a student may take a number of different steps to address a grievance, including steps outlined as part of the College's informal and/or formal process. Please contact ODS for the grievance procedure.
Assistive technology is available for use in the Study Lounge. Priority is given to students who have eligibility to use assistive technology as an accommodation for their documented disability. Contact the Coordinator of Disability Services for information about these devices and programs or to set up training sessions.
Requesting Accommodations on Certification and Graduate School Exams
Testing accommodations are available for most state and national standardized tests, including the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, the Child Life Council Certification Exam, and the Social Work Licensure Exam. Students must apply directly to the test administration offices for each test. The Coordinator of Disability Services will help students complete accommodation request forms. A copy of current disability documentation and a letter from Disability Services are often required.
Contact the Coordinator of Disability Services to set up a time to complete the process. Please note that students who plan to request accommodations should complete the test registration process as early as possible to allow for consideration of their requests and to provide for any complications in processing.
Priority Course Registration
Students who have disclosed to ODS are eligible for priority course registration when they receive their accommodation letters in each semester.