Serving Students with Disabilities

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  • Disability Specialist 

    Marie Ferro       Hello, my name is Marie Ferro and I am the Disability Specialist for Morton College. I assist students with their transition into college and to obtain educational accommodations for the classroom. Accommodations can be provided for students if they have been diagnosed with learning, physical, behavioral health and/or medical disabilities. This site provides information on obtaining accommodations that can help you achieve academic success.

  • Access to College Programs

    Post-secondary students with disabilities are guaranteed access to college programs and services by the following federal laws:

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973  

    "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States... shall, solely by reason of his or her 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."  

    Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act  

    "Subject to the provisions of this title, no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, program, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by such an entity."   

    Definition of Disability  

    The law defines a person with a disability as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The definition further indicates that you are a "person with a disability" and entitled to protection from discrimination if you have a disability, if you have a history of a disability, or if you are regarded as having a disability.  

    An "otherwise qualified" disabled individual is defined as one who with an auxiliary aid (e.g., tape recorder, text-on-tape, notetaker) or reasonable accommodation (e.g., test proctoring, extended time for testing, sign language interpreter) can meet the academic requirements that an institution can demonstrate essential to its education program.

  • Submission Deadlines
    for Accommodations

    Fall 2016: Aug 12, 2016
    Spring 2017:
    Dec 16, 2016

    Documentation more than
    three (3) years old will
    NOT be accepted.

    Download Request for
    Accommodation Form