Many students with disabilities feel that studying online will be the solution to their accommodation needs. You may be considering online study for the same reasons. What you need to be aware of is that studying online solves some problems but may create new ones, which may need different accommodations. You should enroll in an online course only after you have taken the time to carefully consider the requirements of the study and your strengths and weaknesses.
Online study creates the need for accommodations that are different from those for traditional, in-class study, which makes determining which accommodations you wish to request a unique process. Your request should be based on a review of the functional limitations of your disability.
Disability affects each student differently, depending largely on your ability to compensate for its effects. Areas of difficulty may be:
All accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis with the information you provide to the disability representative and the accommodations you have requested.
While the most requested accommodation is extended time for individual assignments, students do request others based on their needs. Accommodations can range from increased access to the instructor to follow-up emails and phone calls to summarize and/or clarify information posted in the online course space. Students also have requested outlines of narrative instructions for assignments. It depends on your unique disability and compensatory strategies.
Ask yourself these questions:
If you are unsure of what accommodations to request or would like more information, please visit the Empire State College Center for Distance Learning website, or contact the center's disability representative or the Office of Collegewide Disability Services.
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