What is Accessibility Services? Accessibility Services advocates for and facilitates equal access to educational opportunities for students with qualified disabilities or conditions. What is “a qualified disability?” A qualified disability is “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities.” Disabilities include physical and mental impairments which may include but are not limited to vision, hearing, mobility, learning systemic, psychiatric, and brain injury. Specific medical conditions may qualify under this definition for the purpose of receiving academic accommodations. How would I know if I have a qualified disability? A qualified disability is one that has been documented by an appropriate professional. If you think that you might have a qualified disability, please contact Accessibility Services. Referrals can be made to appropriate professionals to assess for disabilities. What is the purpose of documentation? Documentation is used for the purpose of assessing reasonable accommodations; it must both establish disability and provide adequate information on the limitations resulting from the disability so that effective accommodations can be identified. What are some potential academic accommodations? Depending on the student’s documentation, the following accommodations may apply:
- Extended time (1.5 times): The student may have 1.5 times the amount of time given for a test or quiz. For example, if the class is given 50 minutes to complete a test in class, the student with accommodation would be permitted to use 75 minute to complete the test.
- Reduced-distraction, test-taking environment: The student contacts disability services coordinator via email (copying the instructor) to arrange to take the test in a separate, distraction free environment. The test/quiz may be scheduled during the class period or at a separate time if extended time is allowed.
- Alternate test formats: Alternatives may include allowing the student to provide answers orally to the instructor, record answers digitally and give you the file, have a scribe write their answers, etc.
- Audio record lectures: Students may choose to record lectures for their own study purposes.
- Allow frequent breaks: Student may need to get up and walk around. The student understands that he/she need to be careful not to disrupt class.
- Closed Captioning for videos: Whenever possible, use materials that include closed captioning.
- Accompanied by a service animal: The student may be accompanied by a service animal. The animal is not a personal pet; it performs specific tasks to aid and assist the student. Please do not acknowledge or pet the animal; it is working. The student understands that the presence of the animal must not disrupt class. If disruption occurs, the student knows to remove the animal. (For a definition of a service animal, please refer to the Accessibility Services Handbook.)
- Alternate Format: Text with digital audio: The University holds a membership to a library of textbooks available in audio format. Students receive an account to access materials they can download and play from the personal laptop, MP3, and/or mobile device. Students may be encouraged to purchase a print copy as well.