Accessibility Services

Mission Statement

The Accessibility Services Program promotes the development of an inclusive and welcoming environment. The staff ensure that all qualified students with disabilities are given equal access to educational resources. Recognizing that each individual has unique needs, the staff of the Accessibilities Services Program work to provide a student-centered approach to reasonable accommodations. Our goal in providing accommodations is to assist the student with not only academic success but also to personal empowerment and professional advancement.

Maria College recognizes that each student needs an Individualized program of accommodations due to the effects of the person’s disabilities on a major life function. When reviewing a student’s need for services the staff will take into consideration the history of the disability, reported limitations, and/or respective documentation from a qualified professional. There must always be a correlation between the impact of the disability and the requested accommodation. Accommodations are adjustments, changes or alterations to a program, service, activity or policy, in order to permit equal access.

For more information please contact accessibilityservices@mariacollege.edu.

  • Disability Law and Academic Accommodations for Accessibility

    Higher education institutions adhere to different disability laws than high schools. At the college level, accommodations are only provided when the student has self-identified as having a functional impairment that substantially limits major life functioning. Students attending high school are protected by IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), which allows schools to make curricular changes for students with disabilities. At the college level, all students with disabilities must be “otherwise qualified”; therefore, they are required to meet the academic and technical skills for their respective program. It is important that all students understand that Maria College will not modify exams or curriculum, and standards for grading are determined by the instructor. The Americans with Disabilities Act and Amendments governs the decisions pertaining to accommodations for disabilities at Maria College.

  • Information Regarding Transition from High School

    Transition from High School to College

    Maria College welcomes students of all ages and follows the federal guidelines for higher education in relationship to accessibilities. This section addresses the differences between accommodations offered at college versus the high school setting.Maria College follows the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Once enrolled in college, students move from the protection of Public Law 94-142 (I.D.E.A.) to protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The following chart highlights the differences.

    Click here to view chart.

  • Reasonable Academic Accommodations

    Disabilities vary on how they affect a person’s major life functions. Due to the varying differences in disabilities, the program can only provide academic accommodations based on the history of the disability, reported limitations, and/or respective documentation from a qualified professional. There must always be a correlation between the impact of the disability and the requested accommodation. Accommodations are adjustments, changes or alterations to a program, service, activity or policy, in order to permit equal access.

    Common accommodations seen at a college level are as follows:

    • Extended time on tests – This reflects the documentation of the disability as well as the academic department the student is registered with on campus. (ie; Nursing students receive time plus ½ again)
    • Distraction- less or Alternate Testing Area – We test in the Frank E. O’Brien Student Support Center- Mercy Hall
    • Preferential Seating
    • Recorded lecturers – students will discuss with the Professor ahead of time how this will be accomplished.
    • Copy of Professor’s notes
    • Calculator for math problems
    • Text to speech software for exams
    • On campus tutoring – this is free on a first come first served basis unless the student has funding for private tutoring.

    Please note: personal services such as: content specific tutoring, personal aides, or assistance in bathing, grooming, food preparation, housekeeping, and assistance ambulating are not deemed reasonable accommodations. Additionally, individually prescribed devices, such as hearing aids, glasses, braces, wheelchairs, and other mobility devices are to be purchased by the student.

  • Register with Accessibility Services

    New Students

    New students can register with the Accessibility Services program on campus to get services started. Click here to register.

    Documentation of your disability and/or diagnosis can be provided by dropping your paperwork off to the Accessibility Office in Mercy Hall or by faxing to the following number, (518) 703-9628.

    Once students have completed the registration process, they are responsible to continue to work collaboratively with Accessibility Services in coordinating their accommodations (i.e., delivering the Accommodation Verification Letter to instructors, registering for exams, renewing their letters each semester, etc.).

    Returning Students

    Students must contact Maria’s Accessibility Services program EVERY Semester they wish to receive accommodations. Students must obtain an updated accommodation letter each semester. Please click here to request an accommodation letter.

    Follow the directions for submitting a request to the program staff one week prior to the start of the academic semester. Students will be issued a new accommodation letter at the beginning of each new semester which must be given to faculty. Note: Maria College faculty are not required to provide a student with accommodations unless the student has provided a current accommodation letter.

    If you have questions, please email: accessibilityservices@mariacollege.edu.

  • How to Schedule Testing

    All students will now register online for all testing services. Click here to fill out the form to make reserve the testing room and have your tests taken in the Student Support Center. (We will no longer be making these appointments in person as we have done in the past). All students are responsible to let their professor know they will be taking their test in the Student Support Center each time they reserve the room.