Welcome to the Office of Disability Services!
The Maryland University of Integrative Health's is fully committed to creating an inclusive learning community and upholding the letter and spirit of federal and state laws that ensure equal treatment of persons with disabilities. Disability Services promotes disability-inclusive diversity while implementing and coordinating reasonable accommodations and disability-related services that afford equitable access to educational opportunities and activities as required by The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
In determining a student’s disability status, Disability Services is guided by the federal definition of “disability” which describes an individual with a disability as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one of more major life activities of such individual, and a record of such impairment or is regarded as having such an impairment. Some types of disabilities include learning, mental health, attentional, sensory, physical, or chronic health.
Contact Disability Services
The Office of Disability Services is located within the Student Support Center at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel, Maryland.
Michelle Coleman, M.Ed.
Director of Student Support and Advocacy
410-888-9048 ext. 6774
Prospective Students, Professional and Continuing Education Guests and Visitors
Welcome to MUIH! Please contact Disability Services as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-888-9048 ext 6774 as far in advance as possible if you need an interpreter, captioning services, or any other services in order to access MUIH programs and services. Disability Services also offers disability-related pre-admission counseling to prospective students to discuss services and potential accommodations.
Students Requesting Accommodations
The university provides reasonable accommodations for eligible students. These accommodations may include interpreter or transcription services, note taking assistance, testing accommodations (e.g. extended time, reader, scribe, etc), alternative texts, accessible course materials and more.
Students are not required to disclose their disability(ies) to the University, but must register with Disability Services to receive accommodations. Accommodations are designed to eliminate disability-related barriers, and they are determined on a case-by-case basis through a comprehensive, interactive process that includes the student’s request, self-report, the Disability Services coordinator’s observation, and documentation. To register, please complete the process described below:
- Complete the Accommodation Request Form and submit to email@example.com.
- Provide disability/accommodation information that you believe is appropriate. This could include medical records, evaluations or a detailed assessment from a qualified healthcare provider. This most helpful documentation should include:
- The credentials of the qualified provider.
- Appropriate diagnostic information that identifies the disability or impairment, and details the functional impact as it relates to educational access.
- A description of the impact of previous accommodations, services, treatments, auxiliary aids, assistive devices and their effectiveness in ameliorating the impact of the disability.
- A description of the diagnostic methodology used that is congruent with the disability and current professional practices within the field.
- Address the accommodation(s) that is necessary and how the accommodation(s) may mitigate the effects of the disability.
Further information is available within the Student Handbook, and students are encouraged to contact Disability Services if they have questions, including if they do not have supporting documentation.Note that students who have readily observable permanent disabilities (e.g. white cane or wheelchair user) don’t need to submit documentation.
- Schedule a welcome meeting with a member of the Disability Services team once you receive confirmation that Disability Services has received all your materials. During this meeting, we’ll discuss barriers to access, reasonable accommodations that address those barriers, and services that you may need.
- Communicate with your instructor(s). Once accommodations are determined, Disability Services will distribute accommodation letters to faculty for the courses you requested. You are encouraged to participate in a confidential conversation with your instructor about how your accommodations are implemented in the course. As a reminder, you are not required to discuss the nature of your disability with your faculty.
- Keep in touch with Disability Services. Let us know right away if you’re not receiving accommodations for which you are eligible or if your needs change.
Important Points to Remember
- MUIH adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regarding confidentiality.
- Students are not required to disclose their disability to MUIH if they are not requesting accommodations.
- Accommodations can be requested at any time and are initiated once accommodation letters are sent to faculty by Disability Services. Please note that some accommodations such as interpreters, captioning, alternate texts and note taking can take 2-4 weeks to implement.
- Accommodations are not retroactive.
- Accommodations letters do not carry over from one trimester to the next - they are sent only with the student’s permission each term. Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to request us to send your letters and provide us with the courses for which you need accommodations. While accommodations can be requested at any time, the most ideal time frame to request these accommodations is during the registration period.
Related policies and grievance procedure is located here.