Students with Disabilities
Meharry Medical College is committed to the provisions of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act in creating an inclusive community for students with disabilities. Students seeking accommodations for any type of disability are encouraged to contact the ADA Coordinator. Services include, but are not limited to, extended time for testing, assistance with locating sign language interpreters, audiotaped textbooks, physical adaptations, note-takers and reading services. Accommodations are tailored to meet the needs of each student with a documented disability. Specific concerns pertaining to services for people with disabilities or any disability issue should be directed to the ADA Coordinator.
Jacqueline D. Gardner, M.A.
Certified ADA Coordinator
Lyttle Hall, Room 306
Procedures for Requesting Accommodations
To request an accommodation on the basis of any disability, whether physical, psychological or learning, a student must proceed as outlined below.
Students who report or suspect they have a disability condition may go directly to Lyttle Hall, Room 306 or call, (615) 327-6500 to make an appointment. The ADA Coordinator will assist eligible students with any documentation needed regarding the disability of his or her condition and will work with the students to identify and implement reasonable accommodations.
The student will be responsible for the following:
- Providing documentation with sufficient information that substantiates the limitation on a major life activity
as a result of the disability. The documentation and information regarding the student’s
disability will remain confidential and will be released only if, and to the extent
that, the student provides the ADA Coordinator with written authorization to release
- Meeting with the ADA Coordinator at the beginning of each semester for which they are requesting services. A reasonable
amount of time is required to evaluate the documentation, review the request and determine
the appropriate accommodation. The ADA Coordinator will provide the student with
a letter describing the nature of the accommodation he/she requires as a result of
his or her disability.
- Students should meet with his or her professor at the beginning of each semester. The student should give the letter from the ADA coordinator that verifies the student’s disability and the recommended accommodations to the faculty or staff member with whom they meet.
Faculty and students who have questions or concerns about specific accommodations should contact the ADA Coordinator directly.