The Accommodation Process
Ever wonder how students get matched with accommodations?
To register with our office, students must meet with an Accessibility Counselor to discuss the academically-related difficulties they experience due to their disability. During this process, it is extremely helpful for us to have written documentation of their disability. Depending on the type of disability, documentation may include a diagnosis, functional limitations, medication side effects, report of a recent and comprehensive learning assessment, description of psychosocial and education history, and standard scores of cognitive and academic tests. This documentation must be certified by a professional with expertise and credentials in the particular diagnosis under question.
Accessibility Counselors review all disability documentation and engage the student in an interactive process to hear more about their challenges or needs from their experience and point of view. We pay attention not only to the overall diagnosis, but also to the specific functional limitations that present themselves in an academic context.
We determine accommodations based on the combination of student report and professional documentation, if available. In this way, accommodations are tied directly to student's limitations. For example, students with processing speed deficits are eligible for extra time on tests; students with arthritis affecting the writing hand are eligible for a copy of a classmate's notes; students who can't see clearly might get their textbooks converted to audio, and students who can't hear might need a sign language interpreter.