The Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 outlines that people with disabilities be provided with a “reasonable accommodation.” While not defined specifically, the Act states that a “reasonable accommodation” may include the following:
This leaves some room for interpretation. At MCC, whether a request for an accommodation is reasonable and/or appropriate is a decision that takes into account the individual needs of students, the resources available to the college, the manner in which the accommodation is related to the disability, and whether it affects the essential elements of a course or major area of study.
At MCC, when a student requests accommodations, the following principles are considered:
If requests for accommodations are aligned with these principles, then MCC considers them reasonable and grants them to the student.
Accommodations not considered reasonable are those that would create an undue hardship on the college or instructors or staff, are not related to the disability, and significantly alter the essential components of a course or program.
Every institution that a student attends will determine, independently, what is considered a reasonable accommodation. Accommodations provided at other institutions may influence a decision; however, simply because a student received support or accommodations at another institution or in elementary/secondary school does not guarantee they will receive the same at MCC (or any other higher education institution). Conversely, receiving support or accommodations at MCC does not guarantee another institution, agency, and/or program will provide the same accommodations.