Hampshire College offers services on an individual basis to students with documented disabilities. The College recognizes its obligation under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities so they may participate as fully as possible in the College's academic programs. Disabilities may include, but are not limited to, sensory impairments, mobility impairments, chronic illnesses, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and psychological disabilities. The director of accessibility resources and services is responsible for the coordination and provision of services and accommodations for students with disabilities. They may be reached at 413.559.5498 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hampshire neither imposes accommodations on a student nor preempts his or her responsibility, as a legal and social adult, to request appropriate accommodations and make sure those needs are met. The student must take the lead in completing the disabilities form mailed to all new students upon acceptance to the College, which is also available throughout the academic year from the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA). Students are expected to work in concert with the appropriate office to specify, arrange, and follow through on accommodations. Should problems occur, students should alert the College in a timely fashion so that together we can help solve them.
Request for Accommodations/Documentation of a Disability
If you have a disability or condition for which you would like to request an accommodation, please click on the link to the left, print out, and complete the Request for Accommodations form (doc). You must also provide documentation for your disability either by having your treating professional or evaluator complete the Documentation of a Disability form (doc), or by submitting an equivalent report. The documentation must indicate the credentials of the evaluator or treating professional and should include a diagnosis, the limitations or impairments imposed by the disability, and recommendations for academic or physical accommodations due to the disability. For individuals with learning disabilities, the documentation must provide a complete educational evaluation conducted by a qualified psycho-educational diagnostician or licensed psychologist and should have been administered within three years of admission to Hampshire College. For individuals with attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a similar report or a letter from a treating physician or psychiatrist is required. For psychological concerns, students need to submit a diagnosis made by a licensed mental health professional or neurologist involved with the student's care, accompanied by a letter that states what accommodations will likely be needed.
Documentation and specific requests for accommodation should be sent to Director of Accessibility Resources and Services, CASA, Box AC, Hampshire College, 893 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Fax: 413.559.6098.
Hampshire does not provide psycho-educational evaluations for students. We do have a list of local practitioners who are qualified to conduct such evaluations at the student's expense.
Review of Your Request
All requests for accommodations will be assessed by the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA), which also may review requests with appropriate College administrators and/or faculty to determine the appropriateness and/or feasibility of the requested accommodations. CASA also may request further information from you and/or your treating professional and may make its own recommendations for alternative accommodations which may be more appropriate to address your individual circumstances. You will be notified by CASA when your request is approved or denied.
Requests for Accommodations at the Five Colleges
Hampshire students frequently take courses at the other four colleges in the Five Colleges. Requests for accommodations in courses at other colleges must be made through the appropriate disability services coordinators at Hampshire, who will forward your request to their counterparts at the other college. The final decision regarding the appropriateness or feasibility of such a request for accommodation rests with the disabilities services administrator at the other campus.
The decision to disclose a disability to the College is wholly voluntary. You may not, however, receive an accommodation from the College without such disclosure and providing appropriate supporting information and documentation. The information provided by you will be treated as confidential and will be disclosed by the College only as necessary for it to assess or implement your requested services or accommodations. Students are legally considered to be adults. Communication of confidential information with parents or professionals regarding disabilities must be authorized by the student.
Hampshire College does not provide special transportation for students with disabilities. The disabilities services coordinator will facilitate application for paratransit (van) services provided by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority and the Five Colleges for students with mobility impairments that prevent them from using Five College bus transportation.
Hampshire has several housing units specially equipped for students with physical disabilities. If you need such accommodations, please indicate that in your Request for Accommodations.
Assistive Technologies and Study Skills
Hampshire has several computers equipped with text-to speech and speech-to-text programs to assist students with learning disabilities. The disabilities services coordinator is available to work with students, individually or in small groups, who have problems with organization, time management, or study skills. These services are open to all students, although first priority for use of assistive technologies and study skills services is given to students with documented learning disabilities.
Hampshire College believes that its responsibility to ensure the availability of necessary auxiliary aids ordinarily can be met by assisting disabled students to obtain such aids from governmental units, such as the state vocational rehabilitation agencies, through the student's health insurance, or from private charitable organizations. Accordingly, students with disabilities will be expected to exercise reasonable self-help in obtaining and maintaining funding from outside sources for required aids. In the event that a student with a documented disability is turned down by outside agencies for auxiliary aids that the College has determined are necessary to give the student an equal opportunity to obtain the same educational benefit from the course or courses in which the student seeks to enroll as may be obtained by a student without disabilities, then the College will take whatever action is necessary and reasonable to fulfill its obligations to ensure that the student is not denied the right to participate in any such class or classes due to the absence of educationally necessary aids.
To ensure the availability of necessary aids at the start of any particular semester, students with a disability who believe that they will need an auxiliary aid to participate in a course or courses offered by Hampshire College must notify the disabilities services coordinator of the need at least four weeks before the first day of classes for that term. Such notice is required in order to give the student and the College a reasonable period of time to evaluate whether the requested aid is necessary to provide the student with an equal opportunity to benefit from the College's educational programs, to identify sources for purchasing, leasing, or hiring any necessary aid, and, if possible, to obtain funding for required aids from appropriate governmental or other agencies.