What is an Accommodation?
An accommodation is an adjustment to/ within the academic environment that serves to remove barriers and allow students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in the educational experience without lowering the academic standards.
Accommodations may include but not limited to:
- Testing accommodations
- Distracted limited environment
- Extended time on exams/quizzes
- Note takers
- Alternative format of text
- Conversion of textbooks to audio format
- Conversion of textbooks to Kurzweil 3000
- Textbooks in e-text
- Assistive technology
How do I request accommodations?
Please follow the process below:
- Schedule to meet with a member of the Disability Access Center. The purpose of this meeting is to review the documents you will submit (see step 2), discuss your past accommodations, discuss the barriers experienced in the academic environment, and recommend other accommodations and services which may be beneficial.
- Complete the “Authorization to Distribute Accommodation Letters form,” “Accommodations Request form”, and the “Voluntary Emergency Contact form (optional).”
- Provide current documentation. This documentation may be provided at the time of the scheduled meeting or prior to the date of the appointment.
How are reasonable accommodations determined?
- The Disability Access Center will review the documents and information provided during the initial meeting in order to determine if the requested accommodation is reasonable. An accommodation is deemed unreasonable when it substantially alters a course or program.
- The Disability Access Center will determine if the requested accommodation is appropriate to remove the barriers in an academic environment.
- The experiences conveyed by the student during the initial meeting with the Disability Resources Coordinator is also substantial in determining appropriate and reasonable accommodations.
- If necessary, additional documentation may be requested from qualified medical personnel.