Learning Differences

Let us know you are there

Two questions that frequently arise are: how do I let Bates know of my learning difference and what accomodations can I have. There are several easy steps to answering these questions.

  • Notifying the College of your learning difference
  • Documentation that the College requires

Full access

All students admitted to Bates College enjoy full access to its programs and services. We particularly acknowledge that some students with disabilities will require individual accommodations, advice, and assistance in order to succeed at Bates and wish to provide the broadest range of personally-tailored plans as feasible to ensure that they realize their goals.

We define disability in accordance with the two most pertinent federal laws, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The definition specifies that a disabled person is one who is physically or mentally impaired to the point thatone or more major life activities is substantially limited, has a record of having such an impairment, or is considered one who can perform the essential functions in spite of the handicap. Among the bonafide disabilities cited in these laws are learning differences or disabilities. A learning disability, according to the National Learning Disabilities Association, is a chronic condition of neurological origin which impedes learning, interfering with processing necessary for learning in the visual, auditory, motor and sensory systems.

Each year, qualified students who have learning differences enroll at Bates College. Because we do not wish to see any disadvantage accrue to a student because of her/his disability, or any interference in her/his pursuit of a Bates education, we provide reasonable accommodations as determined on a case-by-case basis.

This guide offers information regarding policies, academic support services, and resources that are available to students with learning disabilities.