Personal Care Attendant Policies and Procedures
Muhlenberg College is committed to ensuring that all qualified students with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services to ensure access and nondiscrimination to programs, services, and activities. Muhlenberg College makes every reasonable effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA Amendments Act 2008) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Muhlenberg College does permit students with disabilities who have a documented need for assistance with activities of daily living and/or nursing care within a residential setting, to retain the services of a Personal Care Attendant (PCA). A Personal Care Attendant (PCA) is defined as a person who provides personal care/assistance (chronic or temporary) to a student with a disability or other health care needs with activities of daily living including nursing services not administered through the College Health Services or assistance with normal life functions. Personal Care Attendant (PCA) services may facilitate higher levels of independent access and participation in College's programs, services, and activities. Muhlenberg College does not provide, assume coordination, or financial responsibilities for personal attendant services.
The services of a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) can have an important role in an individual’s quality of life. The well thought out selection of the right Agency/individual and ongoing effective communication with the PCA is critical for a successful experience. Students who require personal attendant services must make arrangements to provide for his/her own Personal Care Attendant and must follow the policies, procedures and guidelines as listed below.