Guide for Requesting Accommodations
Current and potential students wishing to discuss their specific needs are welcome to contact the Student Affairs Coordinator ([email protected]) to learn more about the school’s policies and procedures for accessing accommodations. Upon admission to Maine Media, students with disabilities requiring accommodations should fill out and submit our Request for Accommodation form to the Student Affairs Coordinator. In addition to the request, documentation must be submitted.
A guideline for proper documentation can be found below. It is important to note, that all personal information must be self-disclosed and all conversations and information are confidential. Once the required paperwork is submitted, the Student Affairs Coordinator will contact the student to set up a meeting in order to discuss their specific needs. Accommodations may be determined at the time of the meeting or may require additional time and/or follow-up appointments in order to ensure the students’ needs are being met according to ADA standards. Students who experience changes in their disability or accommodation needs should notify the Student Affairs Coordinator. This will ensure a review of current accommodations and, as appropriate, an update to accommodations. In summary;
- The student should first contact the Student Affairs Coordinator ([email protected]) to discuss the ADA policy and procedure.
- The student submits a Request for Accommodation form and proper documentation.
- The Student Affairs Coordinator will contact the student to set up a meeting to discuss accommodations.
- Notification in writing of accommodations will be sent. Accommodations may only be provided after all the previous steps have been made, and not retroactively. Any required unmet needs should be addressed in an appeal.
- The students should inform their faculty of accommodations in writing.
Documentation Guidelines for ADA Accommodations at Maine Media
Students are not required to disclose their disabilities either prior to or upon admission to Maine Media. However, students who wish to request specific accommodations based on their disability must notify the school of said needs in a timely manner. In addition, students may be required to provide accurate and up-to-date documentation during this process. While documentation, like disabilities, will likely vary across individuals, all documentation should include the following:
- Be written in English or easily legible. All translated documents must be translated by a certified translator.
- The name, title, verification signature, and contact information of the evaluator as well as the date of evaluation.
- A diagnostic statement outlining the disability, including methodology of diagnosis and severity, duration, and progression of disability (if relevant).
- Potential limitations the disability may cause, as they relate to life at Maine Media, including academic and residential life.
- A description of past or current treatment (as relevant).
- Suggestions for accommodations (as relevant).
Please note, that Individualized Education Plans IEPs and 504 Plans are not sufficient in and of themselves, but may be provided in addition to documents meeting the school’s criteria. If the original documents do not meet the requirements listed above, additional documentation may be required before action may be taken. In addition, accommodations provided at previous institutions may not match accommodations provided by Maine Media Workshop.
Documentation must be provided by a licensed healthcare professional who is trained and qualified to evaluate the disability. Such healthcare professionals may not be the student’s relative or family member.
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