Services are available to students (on-campus or online) with physical or learning disabilities in order to promote equal educational opportunities. Accommodations are modifications or adjustments that allow students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from educational programs. Reasonable accommodations are provided on an individualized, as-needed basis. At the college level, students with disabilities must self-declare and provide recent and professional documentation regarding the disability, which should include how the disability affects the student’s academic performance, as well as suggested accommodations. The student must take the first step of self-advocacy by making sure they contact a disability advocate at (620) 786-1102 or firstname.lastname@example.org, preferably prior to the start of classes, to allow adequate time for accommodations to be set in place.
Accommodations are modifications or adjustments that allow students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from educational programs.
There are many categories of accommodations. Appropriate accommodations are provided on an individual, case-by-case basis. Some common accommodations include:
- Adapting a dorm room or a classroom for a student who uses a wheelchair
- Extending timelines on assignments or tests
- Providing for the use of auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters, tape recorders, note takers, scribes, readers, or books on tape
Some accommodations will not be provided. These include personal devices or assistance with personal services. Additionally, schools are not required to alter the fundamental requirements of a class or program. Finally, schools are not required to provide the specific accommodations requested or the ideal accommodation, but are obligated to provide reasonable accommodations, for known limitations.
For more information, see the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights publication “Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities”.
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