Disability Services Mission
The mission of the Disability Services is to assist students with disabilities at Northeast Maritime Institute in achieving their educational, career, and personal goals through the full range of institutional and community resources. The office ensures that students with disabilities receive support services and accommodations that permit equal access to Northeast Maritime Institute programs and the opportunity to realize their potential and develop effective self-advocacy skills.
Disability Services Purpose
Northeast Maritime Institute is committed to providing reasonable accommodations and integrated access for students with disabilities to all available academic, social, and recreational programs and activities. Disability Services at Northeast Maritime Institute, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, works closely with students, administrators, and faculty to develop and implement individualized accommodations tailored to students' needs.
Appropriate support services coordination is provided by Seth Garfield, Student Disability Coordinator. Disability Services serves students with hearing, visual, mobility, medical, and psychiatric disabilities. The Student Disability Coordinator also works with College administrators to develop policies and procedures pertinent to students with disabilities and acts as a general information and referral service on disability issues.
Program Specific Restrictions
Certain programs offered by Northeast Maritime Institute restrict students with physical disabilities under certain circumstances due to United States Coast Guard requirements. For these programs, all students are required to complete a United States Coast Guard physical examination prior to participating in the program. This assures Northeast Maritime Institute and the student that they are able to successfully complete the program and licensing requirements.
These programs include:
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires that:
“No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . .”
Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibit the discriminatory assignment of disabled students to segregated classes or facilities. These laws apply to elementary and secondary as well as postsecondary schools. In elementary and secondary schools, disabled students may be assigned to separate facilities or courses of special education only when this placement is necessary to provide equal educational opportunity to them. Any separate facilities, and the services provided in separate facilities must be comparable to other facilities and services.
To determine what the educational needs of a disabled student may be, schools must carry out preliminary evaluation and placement procedures.
To be considered eligible for services through the Disability Services Office, students should:
Special Event Accommodations
College students with disabilities who require accommodations or information about accessibility in connection with an event sponsored by Northeast Maritime Institute should contact the Disability Services Office. Students are encouraged to contact the Disability Services Office as soon as possible, preferably a minimum of two weeks prior to the event. The Office will work with event sponsors and individuals to provide reasonable accommodations and accessibility for the event.
Temporary impairments are not listed as disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); however, every attempt is made to provide support and assistance to students who experience a temporary disability. Accommodations may include the use of a laptop, extended time on exams, or transportation service.
Transition into College
Unlike high school, college students need to self-disclose their disability. This is a significant and important distinction in the accommodation process for college.
Students often feel that they do not want to disclose information about their disability in an effort to not “stand out” or in any way be different from their peers. The reality is, however, that utilizing these services facilitates their academic success.
The information that students share with the Disability Services Office remains confidential with the following exceptions:
Documentation and Registration
When a student registers with the Disability Services Coordinator, s/he must provide written documentation of a disability from the physician or mental health professional with whom s/he works with most closely. The student then meets with the Student Disability Coordinator to customize reasonable and appropriate accommodations for his or her particular situation.
If you have any questions or concerns about these services and procedures, please contact the Student Disability Coordinator.
Phone: (508) 992-4025 ext. 317