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Sara Venezian-Interim Director
(914) 674-7523
Christina Locario-ACCESSibility Specialist
(914) 674-7624


Referring a Student to ACCESS

When a student appears to be displaying academic difficulties which are not congruent with the perceived ability of the student, a staff member may question whether there is a possible disability present. The staff member, however, should not make any statements to the student which could be perceived to be either a diagnosis or a presumption of fact. Instead, we suggest letting the student know that there are a number of resources available to them at Mercy College including the Center for Academic Excellence and ACCESS. Be sure to give the student our contact information.

Friendly Reminders
  • DO NOT ask a student what their disability is. You only have to know what their accommodations are. The student can choose whether or not to reveal that confidential information.
  • DO NOT ask a student about information regarding accommodation issues when not in a private setting. For example do not ask student how they are doing with the note taker in a public setting.
  • DO NOT reveal any information to any parents or acquaintances of a student with a disability if they have not completed a FERPA.
  • DO NOT promise any accommodation to a student unless it has been approved by the Office of Disability Services.
  • DO NOT save a copy of disability related information in a student’s file or scan into Xtender. This information is confidential and must be stored in Disability Services.
  • DO feel free to ask students about how you can better meet their needs and address their concerns.
  • DO let students know that they can receive reasonable accommodations to remove any barriers that their disability may present.  “Reasonable” varies in every situation. Accommodations are given on a case-by-case basis so avoid giving blanket statements about accommodations.
Receiving Documentation
  • If you receive documentation regarding a student’s disability, please forward to our office MH, RM 121 as soon as you receive it. It is imperative for us to get this documentation in a timely manner so the student can begin to receive their approved accommodations ASAP.
  • In general, ACCESS uses documentation of the disability along with an Application for Accommodations (Mercy form) to evaluate accommodation requests.
  • If a student provides you with documentation such as an IEP, you can provide them with a copy of the Application for Accommodations and the information ACCESS
Contact Us

Our office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the Dobbs Ferry campus. We are also available at the Manhattan, Bronx, and Yorktown campuses by appointment.

For questions, appointments, or sending in documentation:

Visit us in Main Hall, Room 121 (Dobbs Ferry Campus)

Call us: (914) 674-7764

Fax documents: (914) 674-7852

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