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  Disability Support Services - Access Office


The Access Office collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to provide equal access to educational programs and activities offered at Mineral Area College.  The Access Director assists students who have disabilities by working with staff and faculty to implement reasonable and appropriate accommodations.  These accommodations allow students to demonstrate their abilities and knowledge in enrolled courses.



Current and appropriate documentation of a disability must be provided to the Access Office and must show how the disability substantially limits one or more major life activities.  Once documentation is reviewed and an initial meeting is completed, accommodations can be approved by the Access Director.  All disability-related information remains private and separate from a student's academic record.

Please click this Documentation Guidelines link for more information regarding appropriate documentation.  



It is the student's responsibility to self-identify, provide current and appropriate documentation of his or her disability, and to request accommodations from the Access Office.  If a student chooses not to disclose his or her disability to the Access Office, the student is not covered under Section 504 and the ADA.  The student will also be unable to receive academic accommodations or support services.


How to Get Started

Students should take the following steps to ensure appropriate accommodations are in place before the semester begins.

1. Contact the Access Office for an appointment.

2. Submit appropriate documentation of disability to the Access Office.

3. Meet with advisor and register for classes.

4. Provide the Access Office with your class schedule each semester to obtain your accommodation forms for courses.

If accommodations will be needed for the Accuplacer, the student will need to meet with the Access Director prior to registering for the test.

Please click this Student Responsibilities link for further information.


Possible Services and Accommodations

Academic and personal advising

Accessible parking

Alternate format services for textbooks

Assistance with registration

Assistive technology

Classroom adaptations

Extended test-taking time

Liaison with faculty and staff

Liaison with Vocational Rehabilitation agencies

Low Vision CCTV

Magnifiers for print materials

Out-of-class testing

Scribe for test

Sign language interpreting services

Telecommunication Device for the Deaf

Test Reader

Volunteer in-class note-takers


Contact Information

Contact: Lisa Leftridge, Access Director
(573) 518-2152/(573) 518-2354 (Fax)
Room 117, Arts & Sciences Building
E-Mail: lleftrid@MineralArea.edu
Office Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (MTWRF)

Contact: Debbie Lee, Staff Interpreter
(575) 518-2213
Faculty Office #35, Arts & Sciences
E-Mail: dlee@MineralArea.edu


For Hearing Users To Connect with Relay Users

Dial 711 or 1-866-735-2460

For Missouri TTY/TDD Users


For Voice Carry Over Users



Application for Access Services

Student Access Application


Disability Support Services - Policy and Procedures

Disability Support Services - Policy and Procedures
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Student Resource Links

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

L.I.F.E. Center for Independent Living

Rehabilitation Services for the Blind

Transitioning to College


Faculty and Staff Resource Links

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology

Disability Information