Student Accessibility Services and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Middlebury complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended (“ADA”), and applicable state laws, which prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities, on the basis of disability. Middlebury designates the dean of the College to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Section 504. Individuals with concerns regarding Middlebury’s compliance with such laws may contact the dean of the College.
Middlebury is committed to making reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities as required by applicable laws. Qualifying disabilities can include, for example, visual impairments, hearing or mobility impairments, psychological and medical conditions, and learning disabilities which substantially limit one or more of a person’s major life activities and may necessitate modifications to Middlebury’s facilities, programs, or services.
The process and services ordinarily available at Middlebury are described in Middlebury’s ADA Policy, which is available from Student Accessibility Services in a variety of accessible formats or online at www.middlebury.edu/studentlife/doc/ada/policy.
To initiate the accommodation process, a student must file the Special Needs Identification Form that is supplied to each student upon acceptance. The form should be submitted along with required documentation directly to the Student Accessibility Services online or at the address found on the front of the form by May 1, 2014. (If accommodations are not requested on time, it may be impossible for Middlebury to provide them in the earlier portions of the summer program.)
The request for accommodation must be supported by current and adequate documentation. Middlebury’s documentation requirements are discussed in more detail in the ADA Policy. Generally, such documentation must: (1) be prepared by an objective professional qualified in the diagnosis of such conditions; (2) include information regarding the testing procedures followed, the instruments used to assess the disability, the test results, and a written interpretation of these results as they pertain to an educational environment and/or participation in Middlebury’s programs; (3) reflect the present level of functioning in the area related to the particular accommodations being sought; (4) be appropriately recent, e.g., prepared within the last several years before the first request for accommodation.
Please note that for a student seeking accommodation for a specific learning disability, there are additional documentation requirements described in the ADA Policy. Middlebury is not responsible for services of a personal nature. Students are encouraged to consider obtaining a personal assistant or personal care attendant if they are unable to function independently on campus.
The information that a student provides regarding any special needs will be shared only with those individuals involved in the coordination and facilitation of services and accommodations required to make our programs accessible to him or her.
If a BLSE student tells a faculty member that he or she has a disability and may need an accommodation, the faculty member should contact Jodi Litchfield, Student Accessibility Services (802.443.5936) and notify the BLSE director. Under no circumstances should a faculty member make an accommodation for a student without first consulting with the BLSE director and Student Accessibility Services. The ADA Committee and/or Student Accessibility Services must determine the eligibility of all students who request accommodations for their disabilities. The process and services ordinarily available to BLSE students are described in more detail in Middlebury’s ADA Policy.
Questions regarding disabilities and requests for accommodations will be handled promptly. Please see the contact information below.
(*available in other accessible formats at Student Accessibility Services)
Student Accessibility Services
Jodi Litchfield, ADA Coordinator
802.443.5936 (phone) 802.443.7437 (TTY)
For a Special Needs Identification Form