Accessible Education FAQs
UMass Global is dedicated to helping make our programs accessible for all students. Please browse the FAQ's to find answers regarding accessible services, resources and more.
Accessible Education FAQ's
If you are unable to find your answer, please contact the Office of Accessible Education at [email protected].
Each student is assessed on an individual basis. Accommodations are customized, depending on each student’s needs.
The university does not provide assessments. Please email [email protected] to request a list of referrals for evaluations.
It is possible to have some or similar accommodations, but it is not guaranteed. K-12 accommodations were provided under the legislative act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In higher education, disability accommodations are provided under Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)/Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2008 (ADAA). Existing legislation provides equal access to education for students with disabilities. Accommodations help to compensate for limiting functions of a disability. This allows the student with a disability to compete equally among his or her peers.
A reasonable accommodation is an adjustment designed to mitigate the impact of a student’s disability without compromising the integrity of an academic course or program. Examples of reasonable accommodations are:
- Assistive technology
- Auxiliary aides like sign language interpreters
- Extended time on exams and quizzes
- Notetaking support
- Textbooks in alternative format
Beyond the services provided through the Office of Accessible Education, Veterans can find additional assistance through the Veteran’s Connection and Support Center.
Students may have their provider complete the Provider Verification Form and/or they may submit other recent and relevant documentation.
Documentation from a physician, psychologist, Veteran’s Affairs or appropriate professorial may consist of the following:
- A statement of the disability diagnosis/es
- A detailed explanation of the disability-related barrier(s) that are present within the academic setting
- A description of specific accommodations requested and a detailed explanation of why each accommodation is recommended
- A list of relevant medication if the symptoms of a medication leads to disability-related barrier(s) in the academic environment If you are applying for services for a Learning Disability, please provide the most recent copy of your psychoeducational assessment. IEP and 504 documentation may be submitted, but may not provide enough information to qualify for services.
Qualifying for Services
If you think you have a learning disability, psychological disorder, medical, physical or other issue(s) that limits you from performing at your best at the university, please make an appointment with the Office of Accessible Education to discuss options.
Please email [email protected] to request an appointment.
In alignment with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, University of Massachusetts Global determines disability accommodations through an interactive, deliberative process under the direction of the Director of the Office of Accessible Education. At times, a student may disagree about the appropriateness of the University’s accommodation decision. Students can learn more about the Appeals and Grievances Process by clicking here.