OAR works with each student on a case-by-case basis to provide reasonable accommodations that foster independent, self-determined learners. Services and auxiliary aids are offered to students with physical, sensory, neurologic, chronic health, psychological and other health impairments who qualify under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. Students with temporary impairments may receive services on a short-term basis.
Examples of reasonable accommodations include but are not limited to:
- Extended time on exams
- Distraction-reduced location for exams
- Use of computer for exams
- Housing accommodations
- Assistive technology
- Assistive listening devices
- Materials in alternate format
Enrolled students who believe they have a need for disability-related accommodations are encouraged to register with OAR by completing the following steps:
- Self-identify to the Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) by completing the registration from below.
- Submit disability documentation. Please refer to the Documentation Guidelines below.
- Schedule an intake interview, preferably before the start of the semester, by calling 508-565-1306.
There are additional procedure and deadlines for requesting housing and meal plan accommodations, so please review the OAR webpage for more information.
Eligibility for reasonable accommodations is established through a variety of information sources including, but not limited to, the student's self-report, observation and interaction with the student and documentation from external sources including health care providers and educational professionals.
The following guidelines are offered to assist students in providing documentation to establish their need for reasonable accommodations. Ideally, documentation:
- Is issued by a medical or other qualified/credential professional whose credentials match the disability being evaluated.
- Contains a specific diagnostic statement.
- Is comprehensive to establish clear evidence of a substantial impact on one or more major life activities.
- Offers a description of prior accommodations and mitigating measures
- Recommends a complete description of the desired accommodation or modification and discussion of why this is necessary (including why the student's needs cannot be met without this accommodation or modification and the consequences of not receiving it).
- Is recent enough to assess the current impact and functional limitations posed in a college setting.
Documentation can be:
- Faxed: 508-565-1492
- Emailed: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mailed: Office of Accessibility Resources, Stonehill College, 320 Washington Street Easton, MA 02357
- Dropped off in person, by appointment. (please call 508-565-1306 to request an appointment.)
Completion of this form is the first step in registering with the Office of Accessibility Resources.