Manchester Community College is committed to providing meaningful access for students with disabilities. Supports are designed around the unique needs of each person. To be eligible for support services, students are required to disclose their disability to the Special Populations Counselor. Disclosure to a faculty or staff member other than the Special Populations Counselor does not permit accommodation and is not legally binding. It is also the student's responsibility to meet with the Special Populations Counselor before or at the beginning of each semester to create an accommodation plan (covered in step 4 below).
In order to be accommodated at MCC under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, please follow the steps outlined below.
1) Get started...
Please note that all students seeking accommodations must be enrolled as a student at MCC. Schedule a visit with the Office of Admissions if the student hasn't already done so.
Become informed about services at the college level so you have an idea of what to expect. Please review the Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education, MCC Policies and Procedures Manual for Services Available for Students with Disabilities, and our Frequently Asked Questions quick guide for helpful information.
Students can arrange a consultation with the Special Populations Counselor if needed to ask any clarifying questions about the process and their needs.
2) Get the necessary paperwork in order...
Students will need to provide all of the necessary paperwork needed to apply for accommodations. This paperwork will be reviewed by the Special Populations Counselor who will start working on the student's Reasonable Accommodation Plan. After ALL verification documents and the Application for Accommodations packet is filled out, please mail it, fax it, drop it off (to the Academic Success Center in the Learning Commons, Room 268) or email it to:
Melissa Olson, M.Ed
Special Populations Counselor
Manchester Community College
1066 Front St Manchester, NH 03102
(603) 206-8142 Phone
(603) 668-5354 Fax
Necessary paperwork (referred to above) includes:
- Application for Accommodations
- Current documentation must be dated within three years of entrance into MCC and must be signed by a licensed professional. Documentation may include a current IEP or 504 in addition to more recent testing such as speech-language, visual, auditory, emotional, physical, IQ and academic, etc. IEP's or 504's alone are not considered sufficient documentation. Physical and Psychiatric conditions can documented using the form attached to the packet.
It is the student's responsibility to contact and coordinate with these resources to access the documentation required and pass it in with the packet.
3) Register for classes...
After the student has submitted all disability documentation, the student can meet with his/her academic advisor and register for classes for the upcoming semester. Once the student's class schedule is created and ALL of the paperwork to apply for accommodations has been passed in to the Special Populations Counselor for review, the student should then make an appointment to meet with Special Populations Counselor to create/finalize the Reasonable Accommodations Plan.
4) Create an Accommodation Plan...
At the student's meeting with the Special Populations Counselor, the student's official Accommodation Plan will be typed and agreed upon by the student and the Special Populations Counselor. The plan will then be printed and signed by the student.
It is the student's responsibility to then deliver the plan to his/her instructor for signature during the first two weeks of classes. After the student's instructor signs the plan it MUST be returned to the Special Populations Counselor within a reasonable amount of time.
5) Follow through...
Throughout the semester, we expect students to touch base with the Special Populations Counselor to ensure their success at Manchester Community College.
Please note that each and every semester a student is seeking accommodations, they must meet with the Special Populations Counselor to create a new Accommodation Plan for the new semester.