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The Office of ACCESSibility

We are here to help students succeed both in and out of the classroom while at Mercy. 

The Office of ACCESSibility collaborates with and empowers students who have disabilities in order to coordinate support services, reasonable accommodations and programs that enable equal access to education and college live. 

Our Mission

ACCESS serves as a resource to other departments and colleagues and works to provide regular training opportunities, advisement, and consultation on equal access, compliance, delivery of equitable services, and universal design.  Additionally, ACCESS provides opportunities and resources that will facilitate the development of self-advocacy, self-efficacy, and adaptive skills in students to overcome barriers a disability may present.

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Graduate students
Register with ACCESS

To receive accommodations or services, first you must register with ACCESS. To register, you must do the following:

  1. Fill out our Accessibility Application on the Student Health Portal
    1. You will use your Mercy credentials to log in
    2. Click on the “Accommodations” option in the blue banner to find the link to the Accommodations Application.
  2. Submit supporting documentation to the Student Health Portal
    1. In the blue banner, click on “Document Upload.”
    2. Document type is “ACCESSibility Documentation"
    3. For information on criteria for documentation, please review our Documentation Guidelines
  3. Meet with the Mercy ACCESSibility team to discuss your needs. A staff member will contact you in approximately 1 week to set-up a meeting. 
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Students in lounge on Dobbs Ferry
Current Student Resources

We are here to support you and make sure that you are reaching your full potential while at Mercy College. 

Visit our current student page to learn more about resources available to you, including:

  • Obtaining Accommodation Memo
  • ACCESSibility Toolkit
  • ACCESSibility Forms
  • COVID-19 Resources

Practicing Self Advocacy Skills at Mercy College

Know Yourself:

  • Understand your disability and how it impacts you as a student.
  • Identify the academic accommodations you need to function.
  • Distinguish whether your accommodations are effective or not.
  • Learn and understand your disability rights and how to receive them.

Communicate:

  • Discuss your needs, wants, likes and dislikes with others.
  • Ask for the things you need, and ask questions about the things you don’t know.
  • Write down your thoughts before communicating.
  • If your rights are being violated, tell someone.

Have Goals:

  • Explore different majors and career options that spark your interests.
  • Create an academic plan with your college advisor to reach your academic goals.
  • Build relationships with your faculty and explore resources.

The Difference in Accessibility Between High School & College

High School

College

  • Laws- IDEA & 504
  • Laws-ADA & 504
  • IEP/ 504 plan
  • Accommodation Memo
  • Resources MUST be provided by school
  • Resources MUST be sought out by student
  • Parent, faculty, and staff involved in determining accommodations
  • Student self-advocates to both faculty and staff
  • Potential modified curriculum
  • No alterations of curriculum
  • Promotes success
  • Promotes equal access

Resources

ACCESS Student Welcome Packet

Download a copy of your Student Welcome Packet.

Scholarships & Resources for Students with Disabilities

40 scholarship opportunities for students with disabilities, along with a set of valuable resources and support groups to further help throughout their college and career journey. Check out the full listing.

Explore additional resources for students with mental health issues.

ACCESS-VR Information

Information on ACCESS-VR for College Students

Click here to be directed to the ACCESS-VR website.

Center of Academic Excellence and Innovation (CAEI)

Center of Academic Excellence and Innovation (CAEI)

The CAEI can help you with writing support, math, tutoringscience tutoring, general education support and much more! You can click the link above to bring you to the CAEI page where you can book an appointment and view the resources that you can utilize. 

Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation


Frequently Asked Question

What should I know when applying to Mercy College? Are there any special procedures?

Students with disabilities must apply to Mercy College through the regular admissions procedure. There are no special admissions procedures. A student may, however, apply to the companies that administer the standardized admission exams (such as Educational Testing Services and The College Board) for provision of accommodations when taking standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT and GRE. Contact the exam administration companies for further information on how to apply for and make arrangements for standardized exam accommodations.

What should I do if I suspect I have a disability and want to receive accommodations?

If you suspect you have a disability that is impacting your academic performance, you will need to provide documentation of that disability to the Office of ACCESSibility (ACCESS). This documentation must be supplied by a qualified professional who is licensed or certified to diagnose the disability in question. An appointment ACCESS to discuss your potential need for services and to gather resource and referral information.

I received special education (IDEA) or 504 services in high school, how are these services different in college?

 

Colleges are required to provide any reasonable accommodation that may be necessary for equal access to education. They are not required to design special programs for students with disabilities or have Individualized Educational Plans (IEP’s).

 

If I am a student with a disability, will The Office of ACCESSibility seek me out to provide services like my counselors did in high school?

 

In college, students with disabilities are covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). IDEA no longer applies. Since this is the case, the legal obligations change. There is no special education in college. Colleges do not have to seek out students with disabilities. It is the student's responsibility to seek out services through the Office of ACCESSibility.

 

What role do my parents play in the process?

 

Students who are 18 years old or older are legally recognized as adults. In this case, the student is responsible for his or her own accommodation requests and disability-related decisions. However, students are encouraged to have an open dialogued with their parents. Parents can be a wonderful source of support.

 

I have a physical disability and have trouble getting around. What types of accommodations are geared just for me?

Students with physical disabilities are encouraged to register with the Office of ACCESSibility every semester so that the office can help them with access to buildings and other university activities. ACCESS partners with Facilities Services to maintain an accessible campus.

I suspect I have a learning disability; can ACCESSibility conduct the assessment to provide a diagnosis?

Colleges are not required to conduct or provide testing. The student is responsible for providing current documentation, and any additional testing to support the requested accommodations, if necessary. However, ACCESS does provide referral information for local evaluators and counselors.

How can I inform my online professor about my Accommodations?

 

To notify your instructor about your accommodations, email them a copy of your Accommodation Memo. If you need a copy of your Accommodation Memo, please log on to the Student Health Portal to request one . Please keep in mind, that Accommodation Memos are semester specific. You will need to get an updated memo each term.

 

How do I ensure that I receive my testing accommodations on exams?

Send your Accommodation Memo to all you instructors to ensure you receive your testing accommodations online. If your instructor is concerned about meeting your accommodations online, please encourage them to reach out to the Office of Accessibility at accessibility@mercy.edu.

I have a reader as one of my accommodations. How do I use this for my online classes?

BlackBoard has text to speech software called ReadSpeaker built into it. For information on how to use ReadSpeaker, please reach out to The Office of ACCESSibility at accessibility@mercy.edu . There are many other options for text to speech, such as Natural Reader (recommended), Balabolka, PanopreterBasic, WordTalk, and Zabaware.

Mercy College is committed to achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation for persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities who may need classroom accommodations are encouraged to contact the Office of ACCESSibility before the semester begins to learn about the different accommodations available and the process for obtaining reasonable accommodation(s) using any of the methods listed on this page. Please contact the Office at (914) 674-7764 or accessibility@mercy.edu for more information.

Contact Information & Office Hours

Office Hours

Dobbs Ferry - Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.                  

Available at all campuses and locations by appointment. We can also facilitate appointments remotely.

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
Email us: accessibility@mercy.edu

ACCESS Staff

Sara Venezian, Director 
914-674-7523 
svenezian@mercy.edu

Christina Locario, Accessibility Specialist 
914-674-7624 
clocario@mercy.edu

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