What are Accommodations?
Accommodations are tools that grant students with disabilities access to educational opportunities. They are not intended to alter or lower the standards or expectations of a course of exam; rather, accommodations are designed to assist students with disabilities in learning the same material and meeting the same expectations as their classmates.
Examples of Accommodations in the Classroom
- Accessible furniture and seating in classrooms
- Accessible instructional and course material, including alternative format texts
- Assistive technology
- Audio recording lecture
- Classroom relocations
- Disability-related absences
- Interpreting and real-time captioning
- Note taking services
- Priority registration
- Stingerette paratransit service
- Testing accommodations
What are NOT Accommodations in Higher Education?
- Individualized instruction
- Personal care attendant
- Modifying curriculum
- Requiring a professor to change a teaching style
How to Use Approved Accommodations
Once a student has been approved for accommodations, they will receive a Course Accessibility Letter via email along with “Accessing your Accommodations” information. The Course Accessibility Letter can also be accessed through Accommodate.
Meeting with your Faculty
Students should schedule an appointment with each of their faculty members to discuss their accommodations. This meeting is an opportunity to discuss how accommodations will be implemented in each class. Remember, accommodations are not retroactive. This means accommodations can only be implemented once the student meets with their faculty.
Communicate with the Office of Disability Services regarding any questions, concerns, or delays
Students have a responsibility to keep ODS informed of any issues they may be having with the implementation of their accommodations. If a student experiences any difficulty in obtaining or receiving accommodations, or is any additional accommodations are needed, please follow up with ODS by scheduling an appointment through Accommodate.