Current Students

General Information

The Office of Special Services provides a comprehensive range of academic support services and accommodations that promote the full integration of students with disabilities into the mainstream college environment. Services and accommodations are individualized to meet the needs of each student and may vary depending upon the disability and/or course content.

Marist College supports the concept of self-advocacy in all students. The Office does not provide faculty with prior notification of a student's enrollment. Requests for academic accommodations are made directly by the student.

Who Is Eligible?

To receive services and accommodations, students must identify themselves to the Office and present official documentation of their disability. In general, a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, e.g., walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, caring for oneself, and/or performing manual tasks.

The Office serves students who have disabilities such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Blindness or visual impairments
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Chronic illnesses (AIDS, arthritis, cancer, cardiac disease, diabetes, Lyme disease, etc.)
  • Deafness or hearing impairments
  • Epilepsy or seizure disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Psychiatric disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Speech disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury

Available Services and Accommodations

Accommodations that may be provided as required by a student's specific disability include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Tape recorded textbooks
  • Note taking modifications
  • Readers
  • Scribes
  • Testing accommodations/modifications
  • Use of adaptive equipment

Other services provided by the Office include:

  • Academic counseling (time management, organization and study skills, etc.)
  • Advocacy and liaison with faculty/staff
  • Assistance with course selection/registration
  • Career counseling
  • Refer for peer tutoring
  • Personal counseling
  • Referral to campus and community services
  • Self-advocacy training

Adaptive Equipment

The College has a wide range of adaptive equipment housed primarily in the Office of Special Services and/or in the James A. Cannavino Library. To locate a specific piece of equipment, contact the Office directly.

Available equipment includes:

  • 4-track recorders
  • Cassette recorders
  • Closed captioned capability
  • Franklin Speller
  • Kurzweil technology
  • Laptop computers
  • Large display calculator
  • Perkins Brailler
  • SpeechPlus calculator
  • TTY
  • Volume control and touchtone attachments for telephones
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