The Access Services office at Bryn Mawr provides support and reasonable accommodations when necessary to ensure equal access for students with learning, physical and/or psychological disabilities. Decisions about appropriate accommodations are made on an individual basis. Previous accommodations (e.g. those informally given and/or via an IEP or 504 Plan) do not automatically carry over to college.
If you have a diagnosis, have had an IEP or a 504 Plan in high school and/or for any reason think you might be eligible for academic and/or housing modifications at Bryn Mawr, please complete the following steps, once you have committed to Bryn Mawr:
- Contact Access Services by calling 610-526-7516 and arrange either a face-face meeting (if you live in the area and/or will be on campus) and/or a phone conference. This conversation will take approximately 45-50 minutes. During it, we will discuss your diagnosis, your symptoms and the impact of your symptoms on your academic functioning and/or on your ability to participate in residential life. This step is critical and necessary, regardless of your history of accommodations.
- If you are seeking housing modifications, please request to be emailed a copy of the Request for Modifications in Residential Life Form. This form must be returned to the Access Services Director no later than June 1.
- Review the Guidelines for Providing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities. This contains specific requirements for the documentation requested by Bryn Mawr. We strongly recommend that you pay close attention to the bullet points listed under each category and ensure that your documentation thoroughly addresses each of those bullets.
- If you do not have documentation (e.g. psychoeducational evaluation, neuropsychological evaluation, supporting letter from a clinician with whom you have a therapeutic relationship, etc.), please discuss this with the Access Services Director when you speak with her. You may have other documents that could be considered.
- Please send your documentation to the Access Services Director. Sending it as a PDF attachment to an email is acceptable, but fax is encouraged, due to the more confidential nature of a fax. If you choose to send documentation via email, please also send hard copy through the U.S. Postal Service. It is helpful for the Director to have this information prior to the scheduled phone conference, but not mandatory.
- Students are encouraged to share other supporting documents, particularly if they received accommodations on the SAT/ACT/GRE.
- If a student is not certain they will need accommodations at Bryn Mawr, they are nonetheless encouraged to complete the request process, to avoid delays should they decide to request them later in the year.
- Once all documentation has been received and once the phone conference has occurred, the Access Services Director will review all information in its entirety and notify the student via email as to their eligibility for accommodations at Bryn Maw. Bryn Mawr email addresses are used for this process; be sure the Director is aware of yours and check it regularly.
- Students who are eligible for accommodations must meet with the Access Services Director once they have determined their classes for each semester. The purpose of this meeting is to prepare the verification forms which are then given to professors (by the student). This form is the only method for informing professors of the accommodations. This meeting can be scheduled by calling 610-526-7516 and will take about 15-20 minutes.
- If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact the Access Services Director via email or call 610-526-7516.