MCLA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with documented
disabilities to ensure equal access to all MCLA programs. The Office of Disability
Resources, located in the Center for Student Success and Engagement, provides eligible
students with individual support services. Services offered will vary from student
to student based on the nature of the documented disability. Our office provides a
testing center located at the garden level of Eldridge Hall that is available to students
with testing accommodations, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30
PM. Special arrangements regarding use of the testing center may be made on an individual
basis with the Accessibility Specialist based on the need of the student.
Welcome! Let's Get Started.
1. Review the Office of Disability Resources webpage for information. A pre-admissions
visit to the college is highly recommended.
2. Complete the Registration form. Provide current and comprehensive documentation
of your disability.
3. Schedule an intake meeting with a staff member in the Office of Disability Resources
4. Office of Disability Resources staff will review documentation to make a determination
if the diagnosed condition rises to the level of a disability.
5. Through an interactive process student and a Disability Resource staff member
formulate an Accommodation Plan.
6. Student presents the Accommodation Plan to faculty members each semester. (Students
are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with each of their instructors during
7. Students should keep a copy of all documents as well as the Accommodation Plan.
It may be useful in the future for graduate school or professional licensure.
Based on documentation, reasonable accommodations might include:
- Priority access registration
- Testing accommodations
- Note takers or recording devices
- Access to textbooks and course materials in alternate formats
- Assistive technology
- On-campus housing accommodations
Please note that these represent some accommodations provided to MCLA students. Students'
needs are reviewed on an individual basis and specific accommodations will reflect
each individual student.
- Kurzweil 3000-Firefly is an easy to use, text-to-speech and study aid program that enhances reading and
writing skills. MCLA currently has a site-wide license making this powerful software
available to all current student, faculty and staff. This program is downloaded on
computers in the Freel Library and in the computer labs on campus.
- Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a speech-to-text software that allows the user to dictate text and control the
computer functions with their voice. With a software program such as this, typing
isn't necessary and the user can do away with a keyboard. Dragon is even 3x faster
than typing with a 99% accuracy rate!
- NVDA (non-visual desktop access reader) is a fast, functional and free, open-source, portable
screen reader for Microsoft Windows. NVDA can also convert the text into braille if
the computer user owns a device called a “braille display”.
- Read/Write is a text-to-speech program that has specialized dictionaries and word prediction
features that can assist in writing papers and organizing. The free version provides
text to speech and dual highlighting (yellow & blue) for any text on any website!
- Livescribe Smart Pen is a multi-functional self-contained ink-pen that records everything one hears,
says and writes, while linking the audio recordings to one’s notes in a specially
designed notebook exclusive to smart pen users. Never miss a lecture again! This extraordinary
tool captures all interactions, while supporting the user to independently take notes.
MCLA currently has a loaner program for these pens and user need is determined by
Associate Director of Disability Resources, Cindy MacDonald in Center for Student
Success and Development (CSSE) according to one’s documented disability. Demonstrations
are provided per appointment.
- Frequency Modulation (FM) Systems are wireless listening devices that amplify speech to make it clearer and minimize
background noise. With an FM system, the instructor wears a clip-on wireless transmitter
microphone. The mic transmits her voice directly to a student’s personal speaker or
earpiece. MCLA currently has a loaner program for these systems and user need is determined
by Associate Director of Disability Resources, Cindy MacDonald in Center for Student Success and Development (CSSE) according to one’s documented
disability. Demonstrations with student and instructor are arranged and provided per
Meet with the Assistive Technology staff to discuss which form of technology would
be appropriate for you. All students must either receive proper training on each
piece of equipment they intend to use, or show service competency before using the
equipment independently. Training and demonstrations are provided by appointment,
after an accommodation plan is established with the Associate Director of Academic
Support & Disability Resources, Cindy MacDonald. All students must provide their own USB drives or other means to transfer electronic
Disability Resource Handbook (Word)
Disability Resource Handbook (PDF)