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Office for Students with Di...
A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, activity or facility that enables a qualified student with a disability to have an equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to similarly situated students without disabilities.
Such modifications may include changes in the length of time permitted for completion of degree programs, substitution of specific required courses, adaptation in the manner courses are conducted, and examination modifications.
Reasonable accommodations are generally determined by examining:
When an OSWD counselor reviews an accommodation request, the following analysis is generally used:
Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Examples of accommodations for which students registered with OSWD may be approved include, but are not limited to, the following:
By far the most common accommodation used by OSWD students is extended time for testing, with tests taken and proctored in OSWD’s facilities. “Extended-time” testing means twice the amount of time that would be usual in the classroom.
The Disability Services Test Center affords the opportunity for students who are approved for this accommodation to test in an individual, quiet room.
Note takers are provided for students who require assistance with note taking in class.
Recording of lecture material is considered a reasonable accommodation for students whose disabilities dictate assistance in this venue. Students using this accommodation sign a contract during the student accommodation plan meeting agreeing not to share the material.
Readers and scribes are provided to assist with exams for students eligible for such accommodations.
Students with disabilities have the right to be evaluated based solely on their abilities. If an evaluation method has a negative impact due to a student’s disability, the university will seek reasonable alternatives. These may include oral testing, alternative assessment, extended test times, and/or testing in a distraction-reduced environment.
Alternatives to the traditional textbook may be provided for those students who demonstrate need.
Assistive Technology is generally computer-related equipment and software that assists the student in some fashion, such as making on-screen text more readable, or reading on-line text to the student audibly. Kurzweil 3000 is an example.
Arrangements are made to ensure that classrooms are in accessible locations, and students new to campus are familiarized with campus locations.
All OSWD students are given early registration.
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