Access at Montserrat
It is our mission at Montserrat College of Art to create an accessible and inclusive learning and living environment for all students. Under the guidance of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), the Disability Services Office at Montserrat is dedicated to providing services, support, and reasonable accommodations to ensure students with disabilities1 are able to fully participate in the College’s academic, social, and recreational programming.
Montserrat values students’ unique, individual experiences and is deeply committed to working collaboratively with students with disabilities to identify academic and/or environmental barriers and determine appropriate accommodations. It is the responsibility of any student seeking an accommodation to disclose to Disability Services Coordinator Meagan Grant and submit documentation identifying the functional impact of his/her disability and its likely interaction with a particular learning or living environment. Students are strongly encouraged to submit documentation at least two weeks before classes begin. In addition to a student’s self-report, documentation may consist of a combination of the following:
- Neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluation
- Copy of IEP(s), 504 Plan(s), or Summary of Performance (SOP)
- Verification of services/accommodations received at a previous institution and/or the SAT/ACT
Documentation Review Documentation is reviewed by the Disability Services Coordinator in order to a) determine the disability is covered under the ADAAA, b) identify functional limitations and current impact in an educational setting, and c) identify any reasonable, appropriate accommodations. If additional documentation is needed, the Disability Services Coordinator will support a student and his/her family, clinician, and previous institutions to obtain it. Students for whom disability-related impairments change may be expected to provide updated documentation upon request for continued and/or additional accommodations.
Using Approved Accommodation and Services
At the beginning of every term, students registered with the Disability Services Office will meet with the Disability Services Coordinator to review his/her approved accommodation(s) and services and his/her plan to access them. Students who wish to use their approved accommodation(s) will provide the faculty in whose course they wish to use the accommodation(s) with an Accommodation Letter by e-mail. The student will also conduct a follow-up, in-person meeting to discuss when and how the accommodation(s) will be used. Students, staff and faculty are always welcome and encouraged to work with the Disability Services Coordinator if a) it’s unclear how an accommodation fits into a course curriculum, b) the barrier presented by a student’s disability is not addressed with an approved accommodation, or c) an accommodation challenges an essential function of the course.
If you have questions about our documentation requirements and/or registration with Disability Services, please contact our Disability Services Coordinator Meagan Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978.921.4242 x1277. Documentation can be sent to Meagan via email or mailed to: Meagan Grant, Disability Services, 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915.
† A student with a disability, under the ADAAA (2008), is an individual with a physical, mental, emotional, or chronic health care impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities including, but not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working. Major life activities also include the operation of major bodily functions including, but not limited to, respiration, circulation, digestion, reproduction, cell growth, as well as immune, endocrine, neurological, brain, and bowel/bladder functioning.