Accommodations are individually determined based upon discussions between the student and the Disability Services Coordinator, a review of the documentation, and input from relevant faculty/staff members (while maintaining confidentiality).
For documentation requirements see Registration/Documentation.
Classroom accommodations at the college level may differ from modifications that were available in high school. Accommodations may not alter an essential component of a course. Some common examples of accommodations that may be approved include:
- Extended time on tests or exams
- Testing in a separate room
- Use of adaptive technology
- Note taking services
- Alternative format textbooks
- Advance copies of an instructor's notes/outlines
- A student who is registered with the Academic and Career Planning Office (see Registration/Documentation) will meet with the Disability Services Coordinator at the beginning of each term and complete the Accommodation Letter Request form.
- The Disability Services Coordinator will draft a letter to each of the student's instructors listing the approved accommodations.
- The student will be notified that the letters are completed and ready to be picked up in the ACP office.
It is up to the student to distribute the letters to the instructors. This is important in order to protect confidentiality and to promote self-advocacy and independence. Students are encouraged to talk with their instructor about the letter and the reasons for the accommodations, but it is not required.
Faculty members are aware of the policies and procedures surrounding accommodations in the classroom. If a student feels comfortable talking about their needs, an instructor might be able to offer suggestions specific to their course and style of teaching that may be more effective than the accommodations alone.
If a student is apprehensive about presenting an Accommodation Letter to an instructor they can talk with the Disability Services Coordinator for assistance with this task.