Dean of the College


Special Needs Identification Form for the C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad

Congratulations on your admission to the C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad!  Now that you have been admitted to our program, we want to take this opportunity to inquire whether you have any special needs that you would like us to know about.

Middlebury College recognizes and supports the standards set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and similar state laws which are designed to eliminate discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in the United States and Vermont.  The College is committed to making reasonable accommodations for qualifying students with disabilities as required by applicable law, and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in considering applications to any of its academic programs, including the Schools Abroad.

Participants in Schools Abroad programs should recognize, however, that United States and Vermont disability laws do not apply overseas, and that programs and/or institutions abroad may not offer the types of accessible facilities, accommodations or support services that students have come to expect in the United States.  Therefore, you should understand that this form is not soliciting requests for accommodations.  Rather, Middlebury College's hope is that the information provided in response to this form may permit the College's ADA Coordinator to assist you in determining what level of accessibility, accommodations and services are available to students with disabilities at the study abroad location(s) you are interested in.

In order to facilitate successful participation and give the College sufficient advance notice to investigate the availability of resources abroad, students are encouraged (but not required) to provide the information sought on this form to the College's Student Accessibility Services as early as possible.  The information that you provide regarding your special needs will be treated in a confidential manner, and shared only on a need-to-know basis with those individuals involved in investigating accessibility issues and the coordination and facilitation of any services and accommodations that are available abroad.