The Director of Disability Services provides basic services and facilitates accommodations for eligible students with disabilities who self–identify and follow the procedure to request services.
Accommodations are defined as:
- Academic adjustments that allow students with disabilities to access information and materials and to demonstrate knowledge or mastery in a manner that is not affected negatively by their disability.
- Environmental modifications that allow physical access to students with disabilities
Academic accommodations are those adjustments which allow equal access to academic programs and include classroom and assessment accommodations. Environmental accommodations provide equal access to facilities and may include housing and parking accommodations.
Accommodations are included in a letter which students give to professors after the meeting with the Director of Disability Services, completing an intake interview, reviewing documentation, and determining appropriate accommodations through an interactive process. Interview meetings occur either prior to or at the beginning of the first semester the eligible student with a disability requests services and attends classes.
Some frequently used academic accommodations include but are not limited to:
- Extended time on exams
- Scribe for exams
- Exams taken on computer
- Exams administered in a setting that minimizes distractions
- Student note taker
- Textbooks in alternative format
- Use of calculator
- Flexible exam schedule
All personal services (attendant care) and equipment (e.g., wheelchairs, hearing aids) are the responsibility of each student and will not be provided by the Office of Disability Services.