In higher education, we use the term ‘reasonable accommodation’, which typically includes the use of auxiliary resources, such as note takers, extended time and interpreters. Accommodations must be effective to ensure equal access, but may not reduce program standards or present an undue financial or administrative burden to the institution.
All accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis. There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to ensuring equal access.
Common accommodations include:
The answer usually will lead you to the modifications you need to accommodate your disability. You can read a more detailed description of ‘Determining the Functional Limitations of Your Disability’ in this student handbook.
Your center's disability representative or the disability specialist also can talk with you about your disability and accommodations that you have used in the past, if any. If you still are having difficulty determining which accommodations may be appropriate for you, or if your center disability representative determines that more information is needed when reviewing your request for accommodations, you will be required to provide documentation of your disability to the Office of Collegewide Disability Services so that staff can review your documentation and recommend reasonable accommodations.
Read more about Documentation in this student handbook.
Requesting accommodations in advance allows sufficient time for review and notification of your instructors. Disability representatives will respond to the student's request within five business days. This response generally will be the notification of approved accommodations, but it may also be a referral to the Office of Collegewide Disability
Read Register with Disability Services and Request Accommodations for a review of the disability disclosure and request for accommodations process.
Often, official accommodations are the same measures that would have been taken had the student chosen to work directly with the mentor. However, officially notifying the college of a student’s need for accommodations has benefits for the student:
Return to Student Handbook or continue to Accommodations for Online Courses.