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Common Accommodations

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Accommodation Examples/Logistics Who qualifies?
Extended time on exams

Examples: Time and a half, double

Student contacts professor a week before exam to clarify logistics.  Student can take exam with extra time in professor’s office, nearby classroom, or other arrangement.  If student is taking exam with SSS, must schedule a week in advance.  In that case, SSS will work with the professor to obtain the exam.

Students with disabilities related to processing speed, concentration, reading speed, writing speed, memory
Notetakers Student who is already enrolled in the class copies their notes and drops them off once/week.  Student requesting notes is still responsible for taking their own notes. Students with disabilities related to auditory processing, graphomotor difficulties, memory, concentration
Alternative test format

Examples: Braille, audio, large-print, computer

Student requests alternative test format from professor.  Professor and SSS work together to create alternative format.  Need advance notice from student.

Students with disabilities related to vision or visual processing, handwriting, reading, decoding
Separate room for testing Same logistics as extended time on exams, and must also be requested in advance. Students with disabilities related to anxiety, concentration, students who use voice recognition or other computer programs
Forego grammar and spelling evaluation on in-class writing Impromptu in-class writing is graded for content, not grammar and spelling.  May not be applicable in classes where the primary instructional goal is related to grammar and spelling (i.e., some foreign language classes). Students with disabilities related to reading, spelling
Recorded or electronic textbooks Students are expected to search for electronic textbooks first (check publisher, library, digital libraries).  If needed, students request electronic texts through SSS office. Students with disabilities related to reading, vision
Use of computer for exams Students use an SSS-approved computer for taking exams.  Often this is one of the SSS laptops with the wireless card removed.  Some students may be approved to use their own computer with specific guidelines. Students with disabilities related to hand mobility, graphomotor difficulties, writing speed 
Substitution of foreign language requirement Students take substitute courses from the “international studies” section of the general education requirements. Students with disabilities related to auditory processing, oral language, writing, reading, memory, processing speed 
Flexibility (within reason) on assignment deadlines Students confer with instructor before the due-date about the status of work completed on the assignment, the reasons for its lateness that directly relate to the nature of the disability, and a definite turn-in day and time. “Within reason” usually means turning work in a day or two beyond the deadline. In no case should it mean that late assignments begin to “pile up”, a negative situation for both student and instructor. Students with disabilities related to writing speed, processing speed, graphomotor difficulties, concentration, anxiety
Flexible Attendance (within reason)

“Within reason” usually means permitting the number of additional absences a student is allowed in addition to each class’ established attendance policy. Students should confer with the instructor about their flexible attendance needs at the beginning of the academic semester. Flexible attendance is dependent upon the student’s individual disability, the nature of the course, and the degree to which class attendance is an essential requirement of the specific course. Absences for reasons not related to a documented disability are not excusable under Flexible Attendance. When possible, students should communicate with instructors in advance of their absence.  If notifying the instructor before class is not possible, students should inform instructors as soon as possible.

Students with significant health-related disabilities who miss class when flare-ups occur or when issues related to their disability prevent them from attending class