Disability Services

Download the Disabilities Services Handbook

Student Services Center, SSC L131
Phone: 860-512-3590
Fax: 860-512-3591

 

Are you a student with a disability? We can help!

If you have a physical, medical, or psychological disability:

Contact Joseph Navarra, Counselor/Coordinator of Disability Services, at 860-512-3592. Joe will meet with you to review supporting documentation of your disability and determine the type of accommodations that MCC will provide.

If you have a learning disability, ADD/ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder:

Contact Gail Stanton, Learning Disabilities Specialist, at 860-512-3597.  Gail will meet with you to review supporting documentation of your learning disability and determine the type of academic accommodations that MCC will provide.

If you are seeking testing accommodations:

Contact Georgette E. Hyman, Testing Administrator, at 860-512-3596 after you have completed a consultation with Joseph Navarra, Gail Stanton or Amy Anderson and have submitted a completed Testing Adjustment Request Form. Requests must be made at least one week in advance.

If you need assistive technology or e-books:

Contact Jacquelyn Dannaher, Assistive Technology Specialist, at 860-512-3594 or jdannaher@manchestercc.edu. She is available to provide training to students with disabilities in the college’s Assistive Technology Lab (L131) on how to use our computer-based assistive technology. She also provides textbooks in an electronic format (e-books) to students who qualify.

Download the E-Book Request Form

Assistive techology may assist with both specific and non-specific disabilities. We have computer programs that magnify for students who have low vision, programs that read text books, auditory enhancement equipment, computer programs that allow students to dictate thus minimizing keystrokes, and software to assist students with thought organization and brainstorming.

Please note: You may also schedule an appointment to discuss disability services in Advising and Counseling Services, SSC L108, or by calling 860-512-3320.


Mission Statement

Manchester Community College is committed to providing equal access to students with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Disabilities services at MCC are designed to help you develop strategies that will help you succeed in college. Our services will help remove obstacles to the learning process that are related to your disability. Ultimately, our aim is to provide reasonable accommodations to provide you with the same opportunity to learn as any other student on campus.


Assistive Technology and Software

The following assistive technology is currently available:

  • FM System: For students with a hearing impairment; this device enables the student to hear what the professor is saying.
  • Alpha Smart: For students who have issues writing notes and do not have a laptop.
  • Franklin Spelling Ace: For students with difficulty spelling.
  • Kindle Touch Loan Program: For students with specific physical limitations and/or a qualifying disability. Quantity is limited.

The following software is currently available:

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking: For students with fine motor skills impairment; this software has speech-to-text abilities.
  • Kuzweil: For students with reading disabilities; this software presents textbooks in both visual and auditory formats.
  • Read Write Gold: For students with reading disabilities; this software presents textbooks in both visual and auditory formats.
  • Jaws: For students who are blind/or have low vision; this software verbalizes actions on the computer screen.
  • Magic: For students with visual impairments; this software magnifies the computer screen.
  • Co-Writer: For students who need help with organizing their thoughts; this software saves the user keystrokes when typing and helps with brainstorming.
  • Inspiration: This software is a visual writing organizer.
  • Scanning/Document Enlargement: This software is available for students with low vision or students using Kurzweil.

Service Animals

Service animals, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, are dogs that have been trained to perform a specific task, and are able to go wherever their owner goes, with very few exceptions. They are different from Emotional Support Animals (ESAs), which do not perform a specific task. ESAs are not permitted on campus.

Service animals perform many functions, like guiding someone who is blind, helping a person with physical limitations to walk or press automatic door openers, or helping an owner to short-circuit psychiatric symptoms associated with PTSD or Panic Disorder.

There are only 2 questions that can be asked of the owner of a service animal to determine its legitimacy:

  1. Do you have the animal because of a disability?
  2. What is the animal trained to do?

If it is readily apparent that the dog is providing a service, as in the case of helping to guide a blind person, these questions are considered inappropriate and should not be asked.

There is no requirement that service animals be “certified”, “registered” or wear a vest. Owners will sometimes use these devices to alert or educate the public, but there is no legal expectation for their use.

The owner of a service animal is responsible for cleaning up after it. A service animal can be banned if it is not housebroken or if the animal is disruptive.

A service animal cannot be excluded from a class merely because another student has a dog allergy. Our staff would work with an instructor to make sure the service animal and the student with a dog allergy keep a safe distance in the classroom.

With the owner’s permission, others may interact with a service animal.

For those interested in learning more about service animals, the following Department of Justice publications are available: one with the final regulations about service animals, and the other to a frequently-asked-questions page.

Final Regulations on Service Animals

Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA


Reasonable Accommodations

A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, job activity, or facility that ensures an equal opportunity for qualified students with disabilities to participate in, and enjoy the benefits of, a service, program, or activity. Aids, benefits, or services need not produce equal results, but must afford an equal opportunity to achieve equal results. When necessary, Disability Services staff will consult with faculty regarding whether an accommodation would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program or activity or whether an academic requirement is essential to the instruction being pursued or to any directly related licensing requirement. In doing so, Disability Services will examine the following:

  • Barriers between individuals with disabilities and the campus environment in accessing courses, programs, services, jobs, activities or facilities without accommodations;
  • Requested modifications, accommodations, and auxiliary aids;
  • Whether the proposed accommodations would fundamentally alter the nature of the course, program, service, job, activity, or facility;
  • Whether an academic requirement is essential to the instruction or to any directly related licensing requirement;
  • Whether effective alternatives exist that would allow the individual with a disability to participate without lowering essential requirements or fundamentally altering the nature of the program.

When the college determines that a modification related to facilities or communication would result in a fundamental alteration or undue burden, Disability Services shall acquire the written opinion of the proper authority, i.e. department chair of impacted discipline, providing the reasoning supporting the decision.

Contact Information

Mail:
Disability Services
Great Path, MS #8
P.O. Box 1046
Manchester, CT 06045

Phone:
860-512-3590

Fax:
860-512-3591