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About services for students with a diagnosed disability

WELCOME to Mount Wachusett Community College, the place where you start near to go far. We are pleased to open our doors of opportunities through educational pathways that will allow you to develop academic, social & emotional skills in a structured and caring environment.

The office that provides services for students with diagnosed disabilities at MWCC is known as Promoting Academic SuccesS, with the acronym of PASS we embody our institutional mission. It is our commitment to provide Access and Equal Participation to every student under the mandates of the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and the section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Who is eligible for services?

Any student that meet admission requirements at Mount Wachusett Community College, and is able to complete the College Placement Test (https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org) obtaining a score that guarantee enrollment in foundation courses or higher is eligible for services. To begin services the student must have to provide professional documentation of the diagnosed disability.

Students that are impacted by intellectual, emotional or physical conditions that might challenge his/her learning styles and voluntarily wants to obtain academic support must contact the Coordinator of Disability Services to initiate the process.

How to inquire about services?                                             

Under the statues of The Law (ADA & section 504) in higher education the provision of services for students with a diagnosed disability is on a voluntary basis. Every student qualified to receive services must initiate the process by making an appointment with the Coordinator of Disability Services, Glaisma Pérez Silva by calling the office at 978-630-9120, by email: gperezsilva@mwcc.mass.edu or visiting the Student Services Department at Gardner Campus.

For appointments at Leominster or Devens Campus you should request an appointment by phone or email.

What to bring to the meeting?

Students with documented diagnosis should present the last Evaluation Report (no older than three (3) years) from a qualified professional, for example:

  • Psychological
  • Psychiatric
  • Neurological
  • Speech & language
  • Audiologist
  • Certificate of blindness

In addition, medical documentation from an appropriate qualified specialist is accepted in professional letterhead and signed by the specialist with:

  • Diagnosis and basis to determine the disability
  • Treatment
  • Impact on physical and / or intellectual abilities
  • Necessary accommodations

At the meeting with the Coordinator of Disability Services it is expected that the student discuss his/her concerns in regards to the academic challenges that might impact their college experience.

When the professor participates in the process?

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After the Coordinator of Disability Services review the professional documentation, in collaboration with the student, strategies will be identified that will support the enhancement of the student’s academic experience. Such strategies are known as reasonable accommodations and the same will be specified in a Disclosure Letter that the student will hand deliver to each professor and/or support personnel. Reasonable accommodations are designed on a case-by-case basis and can be reviewed during the semester if requested by the student, especially if the implemented strategies are not effective. This is a strictly confidential process.

Since the disclosure process in college is voluntarily, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the professors about the reasonable accommodations with the distribution of the Disclosure Letter. Every semester the student is responsible to request accommodations for his/her registered courses (ex. fall, winter, spring, may-semester, and/or summer).

NOTE: The implementation of reasonable accommodations can take up to thirty (30) days, especially if there is the need to request assistive technology and / or specialized resources.

Mount Wachusett Community College does NOT discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or age in its programs and activities. mwcc.edu – AA/EEO Institution

How we gather information?

By searching the student’s mental storage or learning styles, he/she will be able to identify the best strategies to be successful in class. As follow an example of learning styles as categorized Felder-Silverman.    

  • Visual or spatial
  • Aural or auditory
  • Verbal or linguistic
  • Physical or kinesthetic
  • Logical or mathematical
  • Social or interpersonal
  • Solitary or intrapersonal.
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In Higher Education students with a diagnosed disability who voluntarily follow the disclosure process are entitle to receive reasonable accommodations. The same are strategies to be implemented in the learning process with the purpose to enhance the student academic abilities and compete in the classroom with his/her classmates, without interfering with the integrity of the course requirements. The reasonable accommodations are recommended based on the impact of the disability on physical and/or intellectual abilities associated with the student’s performance in the classroom.

Through the process of the implementation of services the students might benefit from learning self-advocacy strategies, will obtain awareness of innovative resources, will be acquainted with the use of assistive technology as well as becoming familiar with the personal learning style.

Examples of reasonable accommodations

Some of the reasonable accommodations implemented in higher education are:

  • extended time for testing
  • low distraction setting for testing
  • E-books
  • use of assistive technology
  • use of APPs as learning tools in the classroom
  • seating arrangement
  • service dogs on campus
  • Emergency evacuations assistance
  • *ASL interpreter

*Students with hearing impairment in need of ASL interpreter must contact the Coordinator of Disability Services to request interpreter services prior to begin the College admission process, tours, CPT or any other service. We do not have ASL interpreters on site.

The balance

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MWCC offers other services on Campus that are available for ALL students:

  • Tutoring services
  • Personal counseling
  • Complimentary health services (holistic medicine)
  • Career explorations
  • Leadership programs
  • Civic engagement
  • Co-curricular activities
  • Diversity sensitive programs
  • Clubs
  • Intra-mural events
  • Theater
  • Gym access – by membership
  • Nutritional Awareness – Dinning services

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In College we Do Not provide!

  • Special Education
  • Modified curriculum
  • Specialized equipment
  • Transportation
  • One on One assistance
  • Personal attendance
  • Professional testing for diagnosis

For more information contact: 

Glaisma Pérez Silva, MSCoordinator of Disability Services

Tel. 978-630-9120 or email: gperezsilva@mwcc.mass.edu

*Hablamos español, para información contacte: Tel. 978-630-9120