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Information for Students with Disabilities

Andover Newton is a community that values diversity and the unique identity you bring to campus. We work collaboratively across faculty and staff to insure that all students can participate in the array of academic, worship, cultural, and community activities of the school.

Admitted students with physical, learning, medical, psychiatric, or other disabilities will want to investigate the availability of community resources that meet their needs, whether academic, residential, or personal. We recognize that the choice to self-disclose is a very personal one and assure you that our conversations remain confidential.


If you wish to self-disclose, we ask that you contact the Dean of Students (DOS). If you anticipate needing health- or disability-related services, including reasonable accommodations, please do the following:

  • Provide clinical documentation (see the "Guidelines" document on this page).
  • Make an appointment with the Dean of Students (DOS) at your earliest convenience.

Please note that the offices of admissions and recruitment and financial aid, and the DOS, do not share information about the disability status of applicants or admitted students. Accordingly, prospective and current students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the DOS to discuss their questions about academic, programmatic, residential, and other aspects of student life.

Andover Newton Guidelines for Medical Documentation

Andover Newton uses the following guidelines and procedures for medical documentation of disabilities:

1. The clinician must be qualified to make diagnoses in the area of specialization (and cannot be a member of the student's family).
2. The evaluation should be written on professional letterhead, be current (usually within 6 months but no more than one year old), and it should contain the date of the last appointment with the student.
3. The clinician must clearly indicate the disability claimed to be covered under the ADA.
4. The documentation must clearly support the claimed disability, with relevant medical and other history.
5. The evaluation must include a description of current treatments and assistive devices and technologies (if any), with estimated effectiveness in ameliorating the impact of the disability.
6. There must be a description of the functional limitations the student experiences as a result of the disability, and it must specifically address a post-secondary residential and educational setting.
7. The documentation must clearly support the need for the requested accommodation(s).

Once the DOS receives the documentation, he reviews it in consultation with the school's disabilities consultant, as needed, and with the student's written consent, consults with the clinician (if clarification is needed). The DOS will then meet with the student to determine what accommodations will be reasonable and/or appropriate.

Accommodations for Classes:

Please note that requests for accommodations for classes must be made before the time that assignments are due. They cannot be made retroactively.

If you anticipate needing accommodations in a course please contact the DOS as early as possible, preferably before the course begins. It is your responsibility to contact the DOS each term and inform him of the classes in which you will require accommodations. The DOS will then notify each of your professors. Professors are not able to provide accommodations to students unless the request for accommodations comes from the DOS.


To request services for a disability, please click here for a Disability Service Form.

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