Learning Differences

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Mercyhurst University is committed to equal educational opportunity and full participation for students with disabilities.

Students with disabilities who wish to receive accommodations must present appropriate documentation to the Director of the Learning Differences Program. This documentation is required from a licensed psychologist or a medical or professional equivalent. The University does not provide nor pay for diagnostic testing.

High School IEP and 504 plans are not considered sufficient documentation. Instead, the psycho-educational evaluation must provide information on specific functional limitations and demonstrate the need for specific accommodations. To learn more about the differences between high school and college accommodations for students with disabilities, click HERE.

All qualified students with disabilities are eligible to receive, free of charge, academic adjustments and auxiliary aids as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to identify and reduce physical, programmatic and attitudinal barriers and collaborate with faculty, staff, and administrators in addressing effective participation, learning needs, academic performance, and retention of students so that students’ opportunities for achievement may be equalized while supporting academic integrity.

In order to assure equal access for students with disabilities, the Learning Differences Program provides reasonable accommodations to qualified students in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This program extends those services mandated by law to provide support for the cognitive, affective, and socio-cultural dimensions of learning.


Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum