Disability Support Services

Frequently Asked Questions

What documentation is needed from a student?

Documentation should include a comprehensive evaluation that includes a diagnostic interview, assessment of aptitude, academic achievement and information processing, reporting of standard scores and percentiles, and a clinical summary. The report should include specific recommendations for accommodations and an explanation as to why they are necessary. Detailed documentation guidelines are available.

Who should complete the evaluation?

 A qualified evaluator should perform testing. For example, clinical or educational psychologists, school psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals that are trained in the assessment of specific disabilities in adolescents and adults would be qualified evaluators. It is not considered appropriate for professionals to evaluate family members.

What reasonable academic accommodations are available for students?

 Reasonable academic accommodations are individual and based on the nature of the disability and the academic environment. Reasonable accommodations in a postsecondary environment may differ from those available to the student in high school. Depending on the nature of the disability and the accommodations requested, the amount of advance notice provided may impact the college's ability to provide accommodations.

What are some strategies I can use to advocate for myself?

The first step is to know yourself, including your strengths, weaknesses, and what type of accommodations you need. Have a goal and a plan of action to obtain that goal. Obtain assistance from a mentor or other persons who could be used as resources. The mentor could be an instructor, an older student with a disability who has been through the process, your high school teacher or advisor, etc. Learn what resources are available on campus in your region, and nationally. If you do not know something, ask for help from your college counselor or Director of Disability Support Services.

Since I received a foreign language waiver in high school will I qualify for a waiver at Emmanuel?

Second language is a requirement for all students at Emmanuel College. Students are offered the opportunity to take a foreign language or American Sign Language to fulfill their second language requirement. Students are expected to attempt the courses with appropriate accommodations. The college only provides waivers or substitutions for this requirement under special circumstances.

Is tutoring provided specifically for students with disabilities?

There are several tutoring resources available to all Emmanuel College students; all are free of charge. The Academic Resource Center has professional tutors available for learning, time management, math and writing. Students can also sign up for a peer tutor in most of the core courses.

Will it prejudice my case, or help my case, to inform Admissions that I have a disability?

The Admission's staff will evaluate your application the same way it evaluates all applications. The staff wants to admit students who will be successful at Emmanuel College. They will evaluate your chances of success on the basis of information about your high school academic performance, SAT's, essay and school activities. For additional information about the college's admission procedures, please contact the Admission Office. Documentation of your disability should be sent separately to the Director of Disability Support Services.

What are the most important factors for a student with a disability succeeding in college?

Select a college that is a comfortable size and has appropriate majors and support. College is challenging, and it can be even more demanding for a student with a disability. Since you will be spending more time on class work than many of your peers, it is important that you choose a major that you like. This will allow you to have greater focus on your work. Planning is essential to your success. If possible, take a reduced load of courses your first year. This may help you make the transition to the college environment. Many students view college as a fresh start and a time to do things on their own. Due to differences in requirements in high school and college, the strategies that worked in the past may not work now. Seek help early. It is best to be overly prepared in the beginning.