Middlebury College recognizes and support the standards set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which are designed to eliminate discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. Middlebury College is committed to making reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities as required by law. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Middlebury College community and to ask that you inform us of any disabilities for which you seek accommodation.
The College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations as required by applicable laws. The process and services ordinarily available at the College are described in more detail in the College’s ADA Policy, which is available from Student Accessibility Services or on the web. 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 the facilities, programs, or services of the College.
The information that you provide 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 you. The College reserves the right to request current documentation of physical and/or mental disabilities prior to the determination and facilitation of appropriate accommodations; documentation requirements are discussed in more detail in the ADA Policy. Both the full ADA Policy and the Special Needs Identification Form are available from Student Accessibility Services in a variety of accessible formats or on the web at http://www.middlebury.edu/studentlife/doc/ada.
The campus at Middlebury is spread out and includes some steep hills. Students with mobility impairments may benefit from acquiring a personal mobility device, such as a motorized scooter, to assist with the navigation of the campus terrain. Please note that this type of personal equipment is the responsibility of the student. Similarly, the College is not responsible for services of a personal nature. Students with needs in this area are encouraged to consider obtaining a personal assistant or personal care attendant if they are unable to function independently on campus. Students requesting an air conditioner as an accommodation are advised that such requests should be made in accordance with the guidelines established in the Thermal Comfort Report located on the web at http://www.middlebury.edu/about/handbook/misc/thermal_comfort.
To initiate the accommodation process, a student must file the Special Needs Identification Form that is supplied to each student upon acceptance. Submit the form along with required documentation directly to the Student Accessibility Services at the address found on the front of the form. You may reach us with questions or concerns at 802.443.5936 (voice), 802.443.7437 (TTY), or via fax at 802.443.2440. Providing reasonable accommodations requires timely student input. If accommodations are not requested in a timely manner, it may be impossible for the College to provide them in the earlier portions of the semester or program, which could significantly and perhaps irreparably impair a student’s ability to participate.
Note: Your request for accommodation MUST be supported by current and adequate documentation. The College’s documentation requirements are discussed in more detail in the College’s ADA Policy, which is available from Student Accessibility Services. 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 the College’s programs; (3) reflect your 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 if you are seeking accommodation for a specific learning disability, there are additional documentation requirements described in the ADA Policy.