Frequently Asked Questions about Access and Disability Resources

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Access and Disability Resources
Wheelock Library Building, Suite 205A
132 Riverway
Boston, MA 02215

Director: Jennifer Pike
Tel:
617-879-2030
Confidential Fax: 617-879-2163
Email: adr@wheelock.edu

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What is Access and Disability Resources (ADR)?
Who is eligible?
What documentation is needed to receive Accommodations through Access and Disability Resources?
What accommodations are available to students registered with Access and Disability Resources?
What services available to all Wheelock students?
Does Wheelock have a program for students with Learning Disabilities?
What services are not available at Wheelock?
When does a student need to register?

What is Access and Disability Resources (ADR)?
Access and Disability Resources is the office on the Wheelock campus committed to assuring that students with disabilities have equal, effective, and meaningful access to all academic programs, community events, goods, and services provided by the college in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act 2008 (ADAAA).

ADR is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and supporting them in their pursuit of reaching their academic goals, while still meeting the academic and technical standards set for all Wheelock students. In addition, ADR serves as a resource for faculty and staff and the campus community to provide assistance regarding disability related questions, concerns and compliance.

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Who is eligible?
Access and Disability Resources support is available for, but not limited to, students with the following diagnosed disabilities: learning disabilities, ADHD, hearing and visual impairments, mobility impairments, medical conditions, psychiatric disorders, brain injuries, Autism, degenerative or chronic conditions, and temporary disabling conditions. Students must voluntarily disclose their disability to ADR, request services and complete the intake process in order to establish eligibility for academic and/or residential accommodations.

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What documentation is needed to receive Accommodations through Access and Disability Resources?
To support a student's request for accommodations, students are encouraged to submit documentation from a qualified provider. The student's documentation should include information that can be used in establishing the need for reasonable and appropriate accommodations. In some cases, specific documentation will be required to establish the relationship between the disability and the accommodations being requested. The student's diagnostic information is kept in a locked file cabinet in the Director's office and is kept strictly confidential, unless there is imminent danger to himself/herself or others or a release has been signed by the student. The disability file will not be shared with faculty or administration. Documentation can come in the form of evaluations, reports, assessments, IEP's, 504 plans, a doctor's letter or assessment.

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What accommodations are available to students registered with Access and Disability Resources?
Examples of accommodations are priority course registration, housing accommodations, additional time on tests, distraction-reduced test environment, access to a computer during tests for essay writing, scribe or reader for tests, tape recording lectures, short breaks, and access to peer note taking.

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What services available to all Wheelock students?
There are numerous resources available to all students including peer tutoring, writing specialists, writing consultants (fee based), academic advisors and counseling services. Peer tutors can also meet with students for time management strategies, note taking strategies and study skills tips in addition to content tutoring.

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Does Wheelock have a program for students with Learning Disabilities?
Wheelock does not provide learning disability specialists, specially trained tutors, or individualized coaching. The Director ADR can provide direction for resources in the community that are separate from Wheelock. Based on the student's report, the Director may recommend the student be evaluated by a professional specializing in educational evaluations or neuro-psychological evaluations. The Director can assist the student in identifying resources.

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What services are not available at Wheelock?
ADR does not offer diagnostic testing, coaching (social or academic), personal care assistance, or transportation assistance, but can assist with referrals to campus and community resources.

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When does a student need to register?
Students seeking accommodations and/or services may contact Access and Disability Resources upon admission to Wheelock to gather initial information about ADR. Once a student has decided to attend Wheelock and makes a deposit to hold their place, they are then highly encouraged to voluntarily disclose their disability to ADR, request services and complete the intake process. There is no automatic identification process from Admissions or any other Wheelock office to ADR. Furthermore, the College has no legal obligation to recognize any student as having a disability until that student has established eligibility with Access and Disability Resources.

Students are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the Director to discuss disability history, past accommodations, and documentation requirements. During this meeting or at a follow up meeting, students will complete intake paperwork and be instructed on how to obtain the accommodations and/or services for which the student is eligible.

Once a student is registered with Access and Disability Resources, they do not need to register again. However, for each semester the student plans on utilizing accommodations, new faculty notification letters must be requested and obtained through the Access and Disability Resources office. Any significant updates or new diagnostic information that is identified should be shared with ADR to identify if adjustments to accommodations are appropriate.

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