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Welcome! The Office of Accessibility Services office assists students with a qualified disability in meeting their academic and personal goals. Within the bounds of our resources, Gwynedd Mercy University will provide reasonable accommodations to meet the challenges and needs of students with a qualified disability.
If you are a student with a qualified disability, choose from the links below to learn more about available services and the application and documentation process. All students seeking services must first complete the application process.
Below, you will find more information for the following topics:
Additional information is available in the Student Accessibility Services Manual (PDF).
You can make a request for accommodations pertaining to learning, psychological, and/or physical disabilities at the time of your acceptance to Gwynedd Mercy University or any time thereafter. The request must be made by you, the student, in person, by email, or via submission of the Student Accessibility Services Accommodation Application (PDF). Please note that other forms of contact such as phone calls or disclosures to other University staff or faculty are not recognized as requests for accommodations.
If you self-identify as having a disability and request accommodations, you are responsible for submitting appropriate documentation and following the procedures listed below. Please allow sufficient time for the administrative processing of the application. GMercyU cannot make any accommodations without completing this process.
Accommodation requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and the accommodations are based on each student's individual and unique needs. Please be aware the review, approval, and orientation process can take up to six weeks. It will benefit you to submit your application and documentation at least six to eight weeks before the start of your first course. If all documentation is not submitted, additional time may be needed.
Please follow the steps below to apply for accommodations.
If they would like to file a formal complaint, a student may choose this option if attempts at prior resolution have been unsuccessful. A signed, written summary of events must be submitted to the Dean of Student Success within 30 days of the initiation of the grievance process (see p. 30 of the Undergraduate Catalog for the process).
All documentation in support of a disability should be reflective of the current, functional impact of the condition or impairment. Current testing and evaluations should have been completed within the past three to five years. Additionally, updated documentation may be requested, in some circumstances, where documentation is outdated or when ongoing treatment is being provided. Interviews with the student and other involved persons are viewed as an important part of the process and can provide valuable information to augment the documentation.
Documentation for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Physical, Neurological or Psychological Disabilities:
Documentation for Learning Disability:
All requests for housing accommodations are due to the Director of Accessibility Services by May 1 of each year.
This procedure is NOT a housing application, but a request for accessibility-related housing accommodations only. You must also comply with Residence Life housing applications, guidelines, forms, and deadlines to apply for campus housing
If you are seeking housing accommodations, please make your request via the Student Accessibility Services Accommodation Application (PDF). Determinations are based on the documentation and information received. An application that is incomplete or received after the deadline may result in a housing assignment that does not meet your needs.
Factors given consideration for special housing requests:
Please note: Private room accommodations are rare. We make every attempt to find reasonable accommodations for those conditions that are covered under the ADA.
Once a determination is made regarding a housing accommodation, written notification will be sent to you. You should review the notification and sign it and return it to the Director of Accessibility Services. If you are approved for housing accommodations, you must meet with the Director of Accessibility Services annually to renew your request.
If you are planning to live on campus and have the need for an Emotional Support Animal (ESA), you can make a request through the Office of Accessibility Services. Before making your request, please thoroughly read GMercyU's ESA Policy. Upon reading the policy, please sign the last page. You will also need to fill out both the ESA Registration form and the ESA Animal Information form. Please send all completed documentation to email@example.com.
The Office of Accessibility Services is located in the 2nd floor of Keiss Library, Room 201
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Kelly Kiefer, Director of Student Accessibility Services
215-646-7300, ext. 21014
Gwynedd Mercy University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, national origin, religion, sex or disability in the administration of its educational, admission, scholarship or loan policies.
Here are helpful links, guided directions, and documentation on disabilities, learning differences, accessibility, and assistive technology.
At the beginning of each semester, students testing with accommodations are required to submit their Letter of Accommodation to their professors and the Testing Coordinator. The Testing Center Guidelines and Testing Center Rules must also be signed and submitted to the Testing Coordinator (see "Contact Us" below).
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Money Management for Students with Disabilities
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The University of Washington's DO-IT Center: Scholarship Opportunities
Find information about scholarships for people with disabilities, including deadlines, award amounts, and eligibility.
Department of Labor and Industry: Vocational Rehabilitation Services
The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment
College & Career Guide for Students with Disabilities
An all-inclusive article with tips for navigating college, scholarships, and careers for students with disabilities.
Mindfulness and meditation can have a positive impact on both our mental and physical health. Learn more about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation from these links.
Here are some apps to help you learn and practice meditation in your daily life. These links go to websites with information about the app, but to download the app, go to the App Store or Google Play Store on your phone or tablet and search for it.
The following guides were created for technologies regularly used or readily available to the GMercyU Community. A GMercyU email address is required to access them.
Video Conferencing, Recording, and Streaming
Web Browsers and Extensions
Apps (Web and Mobile)
Blackboard Ally File Transformer
File Transformer allows you to upload a course file and download it in an alternative format. This way, you can personalize your learning experience to better fit your needs, devices, and learning preferences. After uploading your file, pick an alternative format that best suits your current task or situation. You can pick and mix formats too.
Glean is an audio-notetaking program designed to allow students to take notes without falling behind or disengaging from class. It can help create greater independence and confidence in the notetaking process. (If you have a notetaking accommodation, please reach out to the Director of Accessibility Services if you are interested in trying Glean.)
Learning Ally gives you the tools, including a modern version of books on tape, online resources and the support you need as you navigate your college journey and prepare for your future career.
University of Washington: Disabilities, Opportunities, Interworking, and Technology (DO-IT)
The University of Washington provides training and resources to students and educators through their DO-IT Center. It promotes awareness of accessibility and empowers people with disabilities through technology.
National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD)
The NCCSD’s purpose is to provide technical assistance and information to anyone needing information about disability and higher education, including college students, their families, faculty, college administrators and staff, disability services professionals, researchers, and policymakers.
Association on Higher-Education And Disability (AHEAD)
AHEAD is the leading professional membership association for individuals committed to equity for persons with disabilities in higher education.
U.S. Department of Education: Students with Disabilities Preparing for Post-Secondary Education
Information from The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) about the rights and responsibilities for students with disabilities.
A Handbook for Parents and Students with Disabilities
A handbook created by The University of Montana, Missoula to help students transition from high school to college.
Study.com Education and Career Resources
Comprehensive guides for everything from applying to college to financing professional certifications.