What is reasonable accommodation?

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:

  • “making existing facilities used by employees [or students] readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities; and
  • Job restructuring, part-time or modified work schedules, reassignment to a vacant position, acquisition or modification of equipment or devices, appropriate adjustment or modifications of examinations, training materials or policies, the provision of qualified readers or interpreters, and other similar accommodations for individuals with disabilities.”
MCC's Principles
  • Determining accommodations is an interactive process between the ADA Coordinator and the student. The student’s input is critical for understanding how the disability affects their ability to learn and what manner of impact the disability has on learning.
  • The nature of the course and the accommodation request may necessitate consulting with the instructor.
  • Accommodations are to limit the impact of the disability on learning.
  • The accommodation must not alter the fundamental nature of the class.
  • Accommodations are for the student to gain access to the educational environment and equality of treatment.
  • Accommodations are to ensure that the student is not being discriminated against.
  • The institution must have the resources to provide the accommodation.
  • Accommodations should be timely and effective.

If requests for accommodations are aligned with these principles, then MCC considers them reasonable and grants them to the student.

What is not reasonable?

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.


Note: 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.