Learning is an individual process in which everyone learns at different rates and in different ways. Mercyhurst University North East Learning Differences ensures that qualified individuals with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in educational programs offered at the University. The office prides itself on teaching students to be self-advocates and guiding them toward independence. In keeping with its mission of service, Learning Differences offers eligible students, who have a disability, reasonable accommodations to assist them with reaching their academic goals. The office is structured to meet the guidelines of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
What can Learning Differences do for those who qualify for services?
- Provide information regarding campus disability policies and procedures to students and assure the availability of campus policies and procedures in accessible formats upon request;
- Determine reasonable and necessary accommodations and/or auxiliary aids on a course-by-course, term-by-term basis when requested by an eligible student;
- Assist eligible students in the coordination of approved accommodations and/or auxiliary aids by completing an Instructor Notification of Accommodation letter for each of the student’s applicable courses;
- Consultation with instructor and student to discuss accommodation when requested;
- Test proctoring for any applicable exams requiring the use of assistive technologies;
- Assistance in converting class materials into accessible formats or advice on other types of auxiliary aids that can be used in classroom instruction;
- Consultation with academic departments on issues such as adaptive technology, reasonable accommodations and classroom instruction for students with disabilities;
- Referral to other campus services.
How do I know if I’m eligible for Learning Differences services?
At Mercyhurst University North East, it is the student’s responsibility to disclose their disability to Learning Differences staff in order to request accommodation. Any student who has a history of a diagnosed disability; suspects that he/she may have a disability; or is seeking accommodation for academics, programs or services at the University must contact:
Ms. Nicole Swan, M.S., NCC
Learning Differences Coordinator
Location: Miller Hall, 9B