Program Support Services and Accommodations
accommodation or services, it is the responsibility of the
student to meet in advance with the instructor or staff member
to introduce him/herself, describe his/her disability and
identify accommodations or services that will be important and
appropriate. Students who would like an accommodations letter
from the Disability Resources Office must make a request in
writing each semester.
must meet with a member of the Disability Resources staff to
develop an accommodation plan in advance. In the event that an
instructor is unwilling to make a reasonable accommodation,
contact the Disability Resources Office for assistance
Technology Labs are located in the Moakley Center, Room 130C and
adjacent to the Disability Resources Office in the Maxwell
Library. From spell check and grammar check to speech synthesis
and document scanning, the Adaptive Labs provide resources to
benefit all students with disabilities. Specialized software
includes Dragon Naturally Speaking for Windows, Duxbury Braille
Translator, Jaws, Zoom Text Xtra and Kurzweill 3000.
Individualized and small group training may be provided.
Employment opportunities are available for students who have
skill with assistive hardware and software. Visit the lab at the
Academic Achievement Center or contact the Coordinator of
openers have been installed in a number of University buildings
including Boyden Hall, the Campus Center, East Commons,
Harrington Hall, the Maxwell Library, the Moakley Center, the
Tinsley Center, DiNardo Hall, East Hall, Miles Hall, and
Woodward Hall. In addition, many doors are equipped with remote
opening devices which are activated with the students Connect
Card. If you experience problems, please contact the Connect
Card Office or the Disability Resources Coordinator.
needing auxiliary aids should submit requests in writing to the
Disability Resources Coordinator at least 4 weeks prior to the
start of the semester. The University must have sufficient time to
evaluate the request, determine the appropriate accommo-dation
to be provided, and identify how it will be obtained (i.e.
purchase, lease, hire, etc.). Late requests cannot be
guaranteed, but will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and
provided as possible under the circumstances. A number of aids
are available at no charge, including assistive technology
hardware and software, TTY's, accessible tables in classroom and
dining areas, tape recorders, and assistive listening devices.
appropriate, the Disability Resources Office will assist
students in identifying agencies (Massachusetts Rehabilitation
Commission, Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic) or private
charitable organizations (March of Dimes) to obtain auxiliary
aids of a long-term or permanent nature or support funding. If
the aid is not available through outside resources, the
Disability Resources Coordinator will evaluate the request to
ensure that it is appropriate to the documented needs of the
student. Every effort will
be made to provide the auxiliary aid or find a reasonable
alternative that will allow the student full participation,
unless the request is determined to be unreasonable or will
impose an undue hardship on the University.
It is expected
that students with disabilities will meet all essential
requirements of academic degree programs. Course substitutions
on the basis of disability are rarely considered. In the event
that a student can demonstrate that due to a disability he or
she would be unable to meet a requirement with or without
accommodation, a substitution may be considered. Students must
meet with a member of the Disability Resources staff to discuss
the appropriateness of requesting a course substitution.
Currently students who are approved for a foreign language
substitution must select replacement classes from the following
list: FL300, Fl 350, LS210, LS220 and LS230.
Elevators and Lifts
to Classrooms and Facilities. Connect Cards can be coded
after authorization from the Disability Resources Office to
provide elevator access to the ground level of the Maxwell
Library and specific building access.
Braille, Taped and Electronic Texts
are blind or vision impaired, or who have learning disabilities,
may benefit from textbooks that are recorded on cassette tapes
or digital disks. The primary source of audio and digital texts
is Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFD&D), 20 Rozel Road,
Princeton, NJ 08540, 1-800-221-4792. View the on-line catalog at
http://www.rfbd.org. Students who have not already
registered with RFB&D are encouraged to do so if they suspect
that they may benefit from taped or digital texts. A more
restricted selection of University texts is available in enlarged
If a text is
not available in an alternate format, it normally takes at least
two months to convert a text to an alternate format. Students
using alternate format texts should actively seek text title,
author and edition information from academic departments and
instructors well in advance of the semester (i.e. June 1 for
fall; December 1 for spring; March 1 for summer) to ensure that
the text will be available at the start of the semester. Note:
Prior to the registration period for spring and summer classes
students may request authorization from the Disability Resources
Office to register in advance if they will be using alternative
At the Adaptive
Technology Labs at the Moakley Center and the Disability
Resources Office, print materials can be scanned onto computer
disk. Print magnification, voice synthesis, Braille translation
and other access enhancing technologies are also available.
Fire and Emergency
The issue of
safe evacuation in case of a fire or other emergency is an
important concern on this campus. During an emergency most
elevators cease to operate for reasons related to smoke and
electrical fires. Students who cannot use stairs or exit a
building without assistance must develop an emergency evacuation
plan in advance. Please schedule a meeting with Mr.
David Tillinghast, chief of campus police, (508/531-1380, TTY
508/531-6111), prior to the start of the semester.
Students may also request a meeting with the fire chief of the
Town of Bridgewater. Students who are hearing impaired should
make arrangements with the Residence Life and Housing Office for
installation of emergency signaling devices in their residence
following guidelines are offered as general suggestions for
students who cannot use stairs or exit a building without
assistance, and not as an official plan of action. Your safety
depends on your judgment and knowledge of general safety
precautions, and the evacuation plan that you develop with the
assistance of Chief Tillinghast.
- If you have an attendant, the two of you should discuss
emergency evacuation plans in advance.
- Talk with your instructors about evacuation from classroom and
- If you live on campus, discuss your plans with your Head
Resident, RA and other persons who may be available to assist
you in getting to a safe place.
- In the event of an emergency, fire drill or other incident,
proceed to a safe place away from the incident, near an elevator
or major stairway, and preferably in a room with a window.
- Go to a room with a phone, if possible.
- Note the room number.
- Close the door.
- Call 911 or TTY 6111 to alert the fire department as to your
location. In the residence halls, have emergency numbers and a
phone near your bed. Seal cracks around the door with clothing
- If there is no phone, close the door and go to the window.
Open the window slightly and signal the emergency response
- The person assisting persons with disabilities should inform
emergency response personnel that a person with a disability is
in room (number).
- Do not use the elevators. Only trained fire fighters
are qualified to judge the safety of using an elevator in a
particular fire emergency.
interpreter or CART services must be made in writing to the
Disability Resources Office at least 4 weeks prior to the start
of the semester. The University employs only appropriately
credentialed and qualified interpreters. Students who will be
using interpreter services should be aware that there is a
shortage of qualified interpreters in the southeastern
Massachusetts region; therefore course schedules need to be
finalized early. Students utilizing interpreters or CART during
the spring or summer sessions may be authorized for advance
registration by the Disability Resources coordinator.
and Procedure Handbook for students using interpreting or
CART services is available at the Disability Resources Office.
Area, Academic Achievement Center, Maxwell Library
and Research Services
Assistance Area is located at the Academic Achievement Center.
The hours of operation are Monday through from 8AM-5PM. Drop-in
and scheduled help sessions are available. Talk with the LD
Specialist or other Disability Resources staff to identify how
you can benefit from study skill, time management, and
individual and small group tutorial and consultation services.
services are provided to students who have received
authorization from the Disability Resources Office or LD
Specialist. Generally notetakers are students who are enrolled
in the class, who are identified directly by the student
requesting the service or through the assistance of the course
instructor. Notetakers must register with the Disability
Resources Office and the Student Employment Office at the
beginning of the semester and will receive a stipend at the
conclusion of the semester for providing the service on a
Notes may be
copied at any University office photocopier at no charge. The
University bookstore now carries Mayer Carbonless Notebooks,
which provide a quick, clean and simple way to share notes. By
using these notebooks you will walk out of class with a copy of
notes in hand; no waiting in line at the copy machine.
Notetakers are not expected to take notes when students are
absent unless authorized by the Disability Resources Office.
also be permitted to use tape recorders in class as an
accommodation, but must request permission from the instructor
before doing so. Cassette recorders and blank tapes may be
borrowed from the Media Service Department, Maxwell Library,
ground level, on a semester loan basis.
As of Fall
2003, first-year resident students are not permitted to have a
car on campus. Disability parking areas have been marked and
posted in all campus parking lots. Persons with Registry of
Motor Vehicle plates may park in any authorized parking space
except those clearly assigned to specific
University personnel. All requests for special parking
authorization based on disability must be made in writing to the
Director of Health Services, who will make determinations on a
case-by-case basis each semester. Students are advised to make
every effort to utilize the accessible campus bus service and
safety escort van.
does not provide or pay for the costs associated with personal
care attendant or aide services. Training and supervision are
the responsibility of the individual requesting the service. The
Disability Resources Office will assist in the recruitment of
student attendants and aides by sending out letters to groups of
students who may be qualified for and interested in the
position. Positions may also be posted on line through the
Student Employment Office, Boyden Hall, Room 101.
Workshop is a 2-day program prior to the start of the fall
semester, designed to give new students an opportunity to become
familiar with the resources available to individuals with
disabilities at Bridgewater. In small groups, led by upper class
students and professional staff, students talk about their
goals, expectations and concerns; learn how to prioritize their
time to make room for study, recreation and work; explore their
personal learning style and develop strategies for academic
success; and become familiar with classroom accommodations. To
register for the program, which is held at the end of August,
contact Disability Resources at 508/531-2194 or TTY
Readers and Scribes
requesting readers or scribes must make the request in writing
to the Disability Resources Office in advance. Readers and
scribes must register with the Disability Resources Office and
the Student Employment Office. They will be assigned work by the
Disability Resources Office and must complete a weekly time
sheet for payment. Tapes and 4-track tape recorders may be
obtained from the Media Services Office on a semester loan basis
upon authorization by the Disability Resources Office.
Reduced Course Load
As a general
principle most students with disabilities are expected to
maintain a full-time course load of a least 12 credits per
semester. A student who would like to take fewer than 12 credits
must talk with a member of the Disability Resources staff to
determine if this is an appropriate accommodation and to
consider the effect, if any, on financial aid, medical
insurance, housing status, athletic participation and
registration makes the registration process accessible for most
students. Please confer with staff at the Disability Resources
Office in advance of the registration period if you anticipate
needing further assistance or priority registration. During the
registration period for spring and summer classes, students
using alternative format texts or interpreter or CART services
may be authorized for advance registration by the Disability
are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the
benefit of a person with a disability. It is University policy to
permit service animals to accompany the individual with a
disability at all times and everywhere on campus except where
service animals are specifically prohibited. Areas off limits to
service animals may include specific research areas, mechanical
rooms and custodial closets, areas where protective clothing is
necessary, or areas where there is danger to the service animal.
must be in good health and immunized against diseases common to
the type of animal. Animals must be on a leash at all times and
the owner must ensure that feces are disposed of properly.
Devices for Persons Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and
Speech Impaired (TTY)
report a crime, suspicious activity or to receive service from a
uniformed campus police officer dial 508/531-6111 from any TTY.
TTY's have been
installed in the following locations on the campus and are
available for use by persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or
outside the Campus Center and Conferences Office, Rm. 008 -
Academic Achievement Center/Disability
Resources Office - 508/531-6113
Admissions Office - 508/531-1357
Campus Center/Orientation/Student Activities - 508/531-6112
Campus Police - 508/531-6111
Counseling/Health Services -508/531-6116
Graduate School/Continuing Education and 508/531-6114
International Programs Office
Registrars Office - 508/531-6117
Residence Life and Housing - 508/531-6118
School of Education/Burnell School - 508/531-6115
Student Affairs/Judicial - 508/531-1384
Arrangements for telecommunication and emergency signaling
devices in the residence halls are made through the Residence
Life and Housing Office.
It is the
students responsibility to request test accommodations based on
disability documentation. Test accommodations may include, but
are not limited to
- extended time
- taped test or Brailled test
- enlarged materials or alternate type size
- dictated or oral exam
- reduced distraction testing area
- use of a computer
- dictionary, spell checker, grammar checker, or calculator
- modified format
monitored testing room is available in the Academic Achievement
Students requesting testing accommodations at the Center must
follow the procedures outlined below:
- Student must
submit a written request for accommodated or alternative testing
to the Disability Resources Office early in the semester.
- The Disability Resources Office staff will review the
students documentation and determine the appropriate test
- The Disability Resources Office will provide the instructor
and the student with a letter identifying appropriate test
- The student will meet with the instructor in advance of the
scheduled exam to plan for the approved testing accommodations.
- If the instructor and student determine that the exam will be
administered in the Academic Achievement Center, the student
will complete an Accommodated Test Form and give it to the
instructor at least 1 week prior to the scheduled date of the
- The student will return the completed form to the Disability
Resources Office at least 3 workdays before the test date and
make an appointment to schedule the exam.
- The student must leave all belongings, except authorized
testing materials, in the Disability Resources Office or at the
- The student will be directed to a designated testing area.
- The completed test will be sealed in an envelope with a
routing page, which will be signed by the professor (or
departmental secretary) when the test is delivered.
- The student worker or staff member, who delivered the test to
the professor/-department, will return the signed routing page
to the Disability Resources Office.
Shuttle Service and Transportation Coordinators Office are
located in the new Operations Center on Great Hill Drive.
University-operated accessible transportation is available on
campus during the regular academic year, Monday through Friday
from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The buses are wheelchair accessible and
the para-transit system vans provide scheduled door-to-door
service for individuals who are unable to use the buses. The
front of the buses can be lowered to allow individuals to climb
into the buses more easily. Persons needing priority seating
should identify themselves to the driver upon boarding and a
seat will be made available.
A number of bus
stops with shelters have been established throughout the campus.
The bus schedule is posted in each of the shelters and is also
available on the Transportation web page. Transit staff members
are available to meet with any student at any time to become
familiar with the bus or para-transit lift equipment and other
New students who will use the para-transit service must
contact the Coordinator of Disability Resources at
New students who will use the para-transit
service must contact the Director of Health Services for
authorization at least four weeks before the start of the
semester. Persons authorized to use the para-transit service
must contact the Transit Office, (508) 531-1319 or (508)
531-2094, at least three weeks before the start of each new
semester with schedule information.
Commuter Rail station located on campus is fully accessible. The
system provides transportation between Boston and
Middleboro/Lakeville. Schedule information is available at