The University of New Hampshire at Manchester is committed to providing students with disabilities with a learning experience which assures them of equal access to all programs and facilities of the University, which makes all reasonable academic aids and adjustments for their disabilities and provides them with maximum independence and the full range of participation in all areas of life at UNH Manchester.
Students with disabilities are responsible for initiating the request for accommodations and services by following a three-step process:
1. Disclosure of disability and request for accommodations through completion and submission of the Registration and Request for Accommodations form which is available in the Academic Counseling Office and online under “Files you might need.”
2. Submission of appropriate documentation of disability as determined by a qualified professional who is skilled in the diagnosis of such disability. Documentation must be current (generally within three years) and must meet the documentation guidelines set forth by the UNH Manchester Academic Counseling Office. Detailed documentation guidelines for LD, ADD/HD, and Medical disabilities are available in the Academic Counseling Office and online under “Files you might need”.
3. Meet with the Disability Services Coordinator for an intake appointment to review your documentation and determine any accommodations, services, or referrals you may need. Schedule an appointment by calling 641-4383.
The Disability Services Coordinator evaluates requests and clinical documentation prior to intake appointments. If additional documentation is needed, you will be notified of the specific information required during your intake appointment or sooner by email.
The Academic Counseling Office makes the final determination of eligibility and reasonable accommodations by reviewing the documentation, interviewing the student, and contacting the diagnostician, if necessary.
Individual accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, after careful review of the student’s documentation, while maintaining the highest level of academic integrity set by the University.
A prior history of accommodations does not automatically qualify a student for accommodations or services. In addition, receiving services and accommodations at another college or university does not necessarily qualify a student for the same services and accommodations at UNH Manchester.
- Learning Disabilities
- Chronic Medical Conditions
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders)
- Psychological / Emotional Disabilities
- Deaf / Hard-of-Hearing (HOH)
- Temporary Medical Conditions
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity (AD/HD) Disorder
- Read & Write Gold
- Guidelines for Alternative Testing
Students receive appropriate academic accommodations as determined by documentation, in consultation with the Disability Services Coordinator. Students also receive referrals to other University services and departments which may offer appropriate support.
Accommodation Plans are created for each student detailing the academic accommodations s/he is entitled to in each class. The student is responsible for presenting the Accommodation Plans to instructors, academic advisors and/or other appropriate UNH staff to request the agreed upon accommodations.
Accommodations do not automatically carry over from semester to semester. The student must meet with the Disability Services Coordinator before/the beginning of every semester to receive Accommodation Plans for each of his/her instructors for that semester.
Accommodations are not provided retroactively. If you have a disability and you aren’t sure whether you want or need academic accommodations, please call 641-4170 and make an appointment with the Disability Services Coordinator to discuss your options. You should make an educated decision on whether or not you want accommodations only after you’ve been informed of the process to receive disability services and the services you may be eligible to receive.
Services may include:
- Extra time
- Separate, reduced distraction environment to work
- Oral examinations
- Voice-to-text software (speech input)
- Text-to-voice software
- Alternative format
- Use of word processor for essay questions
- Communication support
- Preferential seating
- Note takers
- Tape record lectures
- American Sign Language Interpreters
- Extra tutoring time
- Weekly 1-on-1 appointment with Disability Services Coordinator
- Priority registration
- Alternative format textbooks
The list above includes a number of common accommodations given in college. It is by no means an exhaustive list and may vary depending on individual student needs and disability.
Transition from High School to College
There are many differences between high school and college for students with disabilities. The links below are to publications from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights which describe your rights and responsibilities as a student preparing to begin post secondary education.
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities, Washington, D.C., 2007
Transition of Students With Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators, Washington, D.C., 2011.
Northeast Passage, a non-profit organization based on the UNH Durham campus, offers innovative barrier-free recreation and health promotion programs for students with disabilities. For more information, please visit their website at www.nepassage.org
No otherwise qualified individual may be excluded from or denied access to any program, course of study, or any other offering of the University, solely on the basis of a disability. Concerns regarding the institution's compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, should be addressed to the EEO/ADA Compliance Offer, in the Affirmative Action and Equity Office at (603) 862-2930 (voice/tty).
Service Animal/Emotional Support Animal Policy
Service Animal Policy
The University of New Hampshire at Manchester is committed to creating a diverse, welcoming, and equitable campus that recognizes the important partnership that exists between an individual with a disability and his or her service animal.
Access rights afforded to users of service animals come with the responsibility of the individual with a disability to ensure compliance with all requirements of this Statement. The individual assumes full personal liability for any damage to property or persons caused by their service animal, and UNH Manchester shall not be responsible for any harm to a service animal while on campus, including but not limited to injury to the animal caused by pest management or lawn care products.
The definition of a service animal (DOJ, Title II, Amended Regulation, 28 CFR Part 35.104):
•A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.
•With the possible exception of miniature horses, other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals.
•The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to: assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.
Animals not covered under the service animal definition can be asked to leave a UNH Manchester program or facility. [Note: emotional support/ therapeutic animals that are not within the service animal definition may be entitled to reside in UNH Manchester housing as an appropriate accommodation under the Fair Housing Act as determined on a case by case basis.
Emotional Support Animal Policy
An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is an animal that provides emotional support which alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of an individual’s disability. Appropriate documentation is required to establish that the ESA is needed to allow the student with a disability to live in University housing.
Unlike a service animal, an Emotional Support Animal does not perform a task for a person with a disability relating to activities of daily living or accompany that person at all times. As a result, ESA are subject to restriction from any area with a no-pet policy.