Office of Disability Services

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Accommodations, Auxiliary Aids, and Services Requesting Reasonable Accommodations

image1Muhlenberg College values diversity and seeks to promote meaningful access to educational opportunity for all of its students. Muhlenberg College is fully committed to complying with all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and to a policy of ensuring that all qualified students with disabilities have full access to programs, activities, and services and are provided opportunities and reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services to ensure this access. The Office of Disability Services facilitates access to programs and activities, coordinates auxiliary aids and services, provides access to assistive technology, and when necessary, advocates on behalf of students with members of the campus community.

Students with disabilities requesting accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services at Muhlenberg College must complete a multifaceted process and be approved prior to the development of an Accommodation Plan. Students with disabilities must provide appropriate, comprehensive, and current documentation that outlines the need for the specific college-level accommodations. Disability Documentation must identify the disability, provide evidence of the disability’s impact on the major life activity, and suggest recommendations for accommodations. Accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services are determined on a case-by-case basis and must be requested by the student each semester.

All requests for accommodations are reviewed using a collaborative effort that includes the student, the student’s advisor, faculty members, the Office of Disability Services and appropriate college professionals from the Academic Resource Center, Student Health Center, and the Office of Counseling Services, as warranted. After the point of documentation and disclosure, it is the student's responsibility to begin a working relationship with his/her instructor by providing an Accommodation Plan (orletter of recommended accommodations) from the Office of Disability Services in collaboration with the appropriate college offices mentioned previously.

Faculty members provide valuable resources to help students navigate course requirements when the area of disability impacts coursework.  For this reason, it is very important that the first meeting between the faculty member and student take place early in the semester. At Muhlenberg College, instructors welcome this dialogue and have had many experiences working with students with disability-related deficits and issues. Of course, requests for accommodations that may compromise the integrity of course or degree requirements are not considered appropriate and will not be approved. Equal access is provided while college-level achievement and academic standards are maintained.

For further information regarding the range of accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services contact:

Pamela Moschini, Director,
Office of Disability Services
484-664-3825

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