Arranging for Accommodations
Depending upon your specific needs, we can set up a variety of accommodations in the classroom, in campus living, and on campus in general. The accommodations you utilize will depend on you— you tell us and your professors in writing each semester which accommodations you are going to be using. This all starts with a meeting with one of our staff. For a pdf list of commonly-used accommodations, click here.
How do I set up accommodations?
Below is a handy flow chart that walks you through our process for undergraduate and graduate students. You will notice that the first thing on the chart is contacting our office! Law students, you will also start the process in our office, and we will talk you through the procedure from there.
We will ask you for documentation of your disability— this is information from a qualified licensed professional such as your doctor, therapist, psychoeducational testing, etc. We look for recent documentation (dated within the last five years). If you have older documentation, bring it so we can discuss it with you. We may ask that you obtain updated testing in order to get a clear picture of your current abilities and challenges. Your documentation must include information from a qualified professional that addresses your current functioning, diagnosis, and recommendations for appropriate accommodations.
When determining appropriate accommodations, we consider a variety of information, including our interview with you, your documentation, recommendations from other professionals, etc. Substitution of the foreign language requirement as a disability accommodation is determined by the results of psychoeducational testing. We generally look for at least two areas of weakness that affect foreign language learning, with at least a 15-point discrepancy between cognitive index scores and academic standard scores, or a difference of at least 30 percentile. Come talk to us if you have questions about this.
As you can see, your active involvement is necessary in helping us provide you with the best accommodations possible for your particular needs. Please don’t be shy about checking back with us if you ask for assistance and it doesn’t seem to be coming quickly enough.
You can also see our emphasis on frequent and open communication with your professors. They will appreciate talking with you directly about how things are going for you in class.
I’ve just set up my accommodations with SSS. Now what?
Please click here to visit our “Current Students” page to send your Letter and request other approved accommodations.