What is an Accommodation?
Accommodation is defined as a modification, adaptation, or auxiliary aid that permits equal and timely access to a course of study or activity for a person with a disability. Examples include:
- Accessible paths of travel
- Physical plant access
- Alternate texts and materials
- Alternate testing support
- Alternate furniture
- Television enlargers
- Talking calculators
- Braille equipment
- Telephone headsets
What is not an accommodation?
A personal service or device is not an accommodation. These devices simply assist the student in an accessible environment (which was created by the mandated accommodation). Personal services and devices include:
- Study aids
- Mobility assistance
- Mobility devices (wheelchairs, walkers, scooters, etc.)
- Hearing aids
- Personal care attendants
- Readers for personal use, including study time
- Personal computer
The above services and devices are not provided by Accessibility Services. However, we may be able to refer students to an appropriate program, organization, or healthcare provider for assistance.
Additionally, Accessibility Services is constrained in accommodating for something that is deemed an "essential requirement" of a course or field of study. The essential requirements of courses and majors must be met by all students, regardless of disability status.
Finally, Accessibility Services cannot grant the accommodation of extended deadlines on homework assignments, papers, projects, take-home tests, or other academic tasks (with the exception of timed tests). If students need additional time to complete assignments, we recommend they start working on the assignment early, spend more hours than other students within the allotted time to work on the assignment, or ask the professor for an extension. The course instructor may decide whether or not to accept late assignments.
Students who are unclear about what is and is not an accommodation should speak with their disability counselor.
Who is eligible for accommodations?
Any student with a disability can register with our office. However, not every student will be eligible for every accommodation. Accommodations are determined on an individual basis after the counselor has consulted with the student and considered the specific functional limitations of the student.
Because of this process, students with similar diagnoses may end up with different accommodations as each student has different needs. For example, a student with a learning disability in the area of reading may be eligible for accessible media, but a student with a learning disability in the area of math wouldn't. Two students with ADHD have trouble concentrating in class and taking notes: one student solves this problem by audio recording the lectures while another student obtains copies of lecture notes from a classmate (two different accommodations for the same problem).
If you have questions about your eligibility for certain accommodations, such as why you qualify for the accommodations you're getting or why you don't qualify for others, please make an appointment to speak with your counselor.