Learning Disabilities

Some students with learning disabilities (LD) may require extended time for testing. Extended time is needed because it takes longer for some students with LD to process information (e.g., to determine what the test questions are asking for and to formulate their responses). Notetakers, audio textbooks, and assistive technology devices may also be deemed appropriate.

Documentation Guidelines for Learning Disabilities Verification

In order to provide a student with academic accommodations verification of the disability is needed. Accommodations at MWCC must be approved by the counselor for students with disabilities after a discussion with the student. The verification should include the following:

  1. A diagnosis of the learning disability.
  2. A psychoeducational evaluation of the learning disability administered by a qualified professional or educational team within the last three years. It should report subtest scores, standards scores, and percentile ranks, and include the following:
    • Cognitive testing: the results of a Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (Revised or III), the Woodcock Johnson Psychoeducational Battery Test of Cognitive Ability (Revised or III), or a complete neuropsychological battery. It should describe your processing strengths and weaknesses.
    • Achievement testing: the test results from individualized achievement measures that describe your strengths or difficulties with both basic and higher level skills in reading, math, written expression (e.g., Stanford Achievement, Woodcock Johnson Psychoeducational Battery-Test of Achievement.)

Note: Any relevant medical/educational or diagnostic records which would give additional information should also be submitted.

The documentation is to be given to the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities: 444 Green Street, Room 141A, Gardner, MA 01440 (either sent directly by the licensed professional or hand carried by the student). Upon student request , the counselor will determine appropriate academic adjustments and make arrangements to provide auxiliary learning aid assistance and support services to students in accordance with their documented needs. Students must make an appointment to see the counselor to discuss and arrange for any appropriate academic adjustments. Accommodations are not “automatic.”