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Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

What is an accommodation?

An accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, activity or facility that enables a student with a qualifying disability to participate equally.

What is the purpose of an accommodation?

The goal of accommodations is to give students with disabilities equal access to the learning environment without altering the fundamental nature of the course.

How are accommodations determined?

Specific accommodations are determined individually for each student and must be supported by appropriate documentation and/or evaluation of permanent or temporary needs.

Student Disability Services engages in an interactive review process to determine reasonable accommodations for each student, factoring in the student’s request, the nature of the student’s disability, the supporting documentation, and the fundamental requirements of courses, programs of study, and the College.

What types of accommodations are available?

The accommodations most frequently provided include, but are not limited to

  • Preferential seating in the classroom
  • Extended time on tests
  • Testing in a space with reduced distractions
  • Access to PowerPoints, lecture notes, and course outlines
  • Ability to audio record classroom lectures
  • Support for note taking

Note-taking Services and Accommodations

If you are a student with a peer note-taking accommodation, visit your professor during office hours or make an appointment to discuss your Accommodation Letter.  Note taking is set-up using different methods.

  • Disability Services is typically responsible for identifying a volunteer in the class that would be willing to share a copy of their notes. We may ask the professor to make an announcement in class asking for a volunteer notetaker, they will not review the identity of the student.
  • The student may elect to identify their own notetaker, students typically choose this option this when they have a friend or classmate in the course that they know takes comprehensive and clear notes. This needs to be approved by Disability Services in advance.

If you have concerns about the quality of notes or other issues related to your notetaking accommodation, please discuss them with Disability Services immediately.