Eligibility for Accommodations

Students with ongoing and/or temporary disabilities are eligible to apply for accommodations. If a student is unsure about their diagnosis and/or eligibility for accommodations, they should reach out to Accessibility Services to discuss their situation and opportunities for support. 

Individuals with a condition that rises to the level of a disability are entitled to reasonable accommodations. The Americans with Disabilities Act defines disability as “with respect to an individual: (A) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual; (B) a record of such an impairment; or (C) being regarded as having such an impairment.” 42 U.S.C. § 12102(2). Disabilities may include, but are not limited to, learning differences or disabilities, physical and mobility impairments, sensory impairments, psychological disorders, and/or chronic health impairments.

Note: Having received accommodations in high school through an IEP or a 504 plan does not automatically ensure eligibility for accommodations in college. Students must request accommodations and provide supporting documentation for review. While IEPs are not a form of appropriate documentation, they can be submitted alongside other acceptable documents to provide more information about the student's prior accommodations. Approved accommodations may differ between high school and college. For more information, please check out our guide, "Transitioning from High School to College."

Temporary Disabilities and Surgery Recovery: While at CMC, some students may sustain injuries, such as concussions or broken bones. They also may need to undergo surgery or work through recovery time. Depending upon the situation, the student may require temporary accommodations or need comprehensive academic support during their time in the hospital and afterward. Students, or their family members if they are not able to communicate, should reach out to Accessibility Services for immediate support. They can reach the office via email at accessibilityservices@cmc.edu.