Supporting equal access for students at the IHP
Students at the MGH Institute are supported by a caring staff with policies and procedures to ensure equitable access. Accessibility Resources (AR) aims to advocate for and support students with disabilities on campus and arrange accommodations to help them succeed.
MGH Institute of Health Professions views disability as an important aspect of diversity and is committed to providing equal access to learning opportunities for all students. Accessibility Resources (AR) is the campus office that collaborates with students and faculty to provide and/or arrange reasonable accommodations for students who have documented disabilities.
Vision: We envision MGH IHP as a fully accessible, integrated, and inclusive setting that recognizes students with disabilities as one of the many groups that make our campus community a diverse community.
Mission: Through providing leadership and guidance regarding accommodations and universal access, which requires a collaborative relationship among all members of the community, Accessibility Resources aims to engage the community, empower students, enhance equity and provide a platform for innovation and inclusion. We achieve this by mitigating competitive disadvantages and environmental barriers that impact learning as well as by supporting faculty in the classroom and our colleagues across the Institute. We provide individual accommodations when environmental barriers cannot be eliminated and assistive technology that fosters independent, self-determined learners.
According to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended in 2008, a disability is defined as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.”
Activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.
Major life activities also includes bodily functions including, but not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.
We take student privacy very seriously. It is important to us and we encourage students to take it seriously, too. Disability-related documentation, including medical records and correspondence about accommodations will be managed in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), related legislation, and Institute policy.
Information concerning disabilities and accommodations will only be shared on a need-to-know basis, and only for the purpose of assuring appropriate accommodations in support of student success. No information related to disabilities or accommodations is included in official records (such as transcripts) for students and alumni.
We encourage students to discuss the logistics of their accommodation request(s) with relevant faculty and/or clinical instructors and their faculty advisor at the start of each course.
Any student who would like guidance on this aspect of managing accommodations should contact our office. Students are reminded to use good judgment if they decide to discuss accommodations with classmates or others.