Please review the following answers to some of the most frequently asked questions in the Office of Disability Services. For further clarification, or for answers to questions not listed below, please feel free to contact the ADA/504 Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508.373.9704.
Q: How are accommodations determined at Becker College?
If you are a student with a documented disability, you may benefit from certain accommodations. Discuss your options with the ADA/504 Coordinator.
Accommodations are determined on an individual basis, with a thorough review of comprehensive disability documentation and a confidential consultation with the student. Students must provide documentation to the ADA/504 Coordinator in a timely manner, preferably within the first week of the semester, to ensure each student’s needs are addressed appropriately.
Q: What documentation is required to determine the most appropriate accommodations?
Documentation must be current and comprehensive, made within five years of the request for accommodation. It must verify the nature and extent of a specific disability as diagnosed by an evaluator with appropriate professional credentials and include relevant testing results. The need for specific academic adjustments must be clearly substantiated based on current need.
Approved accommodations may differ from those previously provided, as they must appropriately address the current impact of the disability on the student’s performance in a collegiate setting.
Q: What is the process to register for disability services at Becker College, including academic accommodations and on-campus housing accommodations?
Students must download and complete the Disability Services Accommodation Registration Form, gather copies of relevant disability documentation, and email the ADA/504 coordinator at email@example.com or call 508.373.9704 to schedule an appointment for a confidential conversation.
Students should mail documentation to:
61 Sever Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Documentation can also be faxed to 508.373.9785. It is strongly advised that students make appointments and submit documentation as close as possible to the beginning of the academic semester.
Once the documentation is submitted, students must schedule a meeting with the ADA/504 Coordinator to discuss the need for appropriate accommodations and to complete the internal accommodation forms. As these accommodation forms are specific to individual courses, students must meet with the ADA/504 Coordinator at the beginning of each semester to obtain updated forms and review progress.
Students who may benefit from an on-campus housing accommodation may complete a Housing Accommodation Application Form. Students must submit the completed application form (portions to be completed by student and physician) to the Office of Residence Life/Student Affairs prior to the beginning of each academic year in order to be considered for housing accommodations. Housing applications are reviewed by the Housing Committee in April for returning students and in June for new students.
Q: Does submitted disability documentation remain confidential?
Becker College ensures FERPA and HIPAA privacy rule compliance. All disability documentation submitted to the ADA/504 Coordinator is confidential. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate contact with the ADA/504 Coordinator regarding any disability, and it is up to the student to continue the accommodation process by communicating his/her needs to the faculty after completing the approval process. Becker College recognizes the right of the student to determine who receives/has access to disability-related information, as well as the right to confidentiality.
Students may contact the ADA/504 Coordinator at any time with questions or for more information regarding disabilities and academic accommodations, as well as other academic supports available to students through the Collaborative Learning Center.
Q: How do I utilize my testing accommodations?
Requests for testing accommodations must be submitted a minimum of 24 business hours in advance of the date of the exam, however, 48 business hours in advance is preferred.
Students can submit a request for testing accommodations in a variety of ways:
- Online – Students can submit requests online by filling out the Testing Accommodation Request.
- Via phone or email – Students can call 508.373.9704 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In person – Students can stop in at centers on either campus. Please reference the Collaborative Learning Center locations.
Q: Where can I get more information about the transition from high school to college for students with disabilities?
The Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) website is an informative resource for students and parents who are looking for more information regarding services for disabilities at the post-secondary level.
Q: Where can I find information about testing for a learning disability and/or ADD?
Ask your primary care physician about a referral for appropriate testing options. The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) website may also help students research other possibilities.
The following links include information that may be helpful for students with disabilities.