A broad range of services and accommodations are provided to meet the individual needs of each student with a disability.
Test Taking Accommodations
Extended time, quiet rooms, enlarged tests, taped tests, and use of a word processor are available for students who use test-taking accommodations. Scribes and readers are also available. Students must demonstrate a specific need for test-taking accommodations. For most students who request extended time, time and a half should be a sufficient amount of time in which to complete an exam. Any student who feels this is not sufficient is asked to present evidence to demonstrate the need for additional time. Students who are eligible for test-taking accommodations are responsible for informing the Student Service Office about upcoming tests.
Note takers are available for students with documented disabilities. Instructors will be notified by Student Services when a student is requesting a note taker. Instructors will use request forms provided by our office to recruit volunteer note takers for that class. Names of students with disabilities are not used when instructors make the request. Volunteers can use duplicating paper provided free by the Student Service Office, or arrangements can be made to copy notes for free.
Letters to Instructors
For consideration of reasonable and appropriate accommodations upon your request, we will write letters to your instructors verifying your disability and outlining specific recommendations for the accommodations you request. Please provide your class schedule at the beginning of the semester so that we can address your letters. We ask that you deliver these letters to your instructors yourself; that enables you to introduce yourself and to discuss any questions your instructor might have about your disability. In addition, it gives you an opportunity to look over the letters and request changes or additions, if necessary. It is very important that you follow through with this process, since we cannot request any accommodations from your instructors until they have been formally notified of your disability.
The Student Service Office office may request permission from instructors to allow students to tape record lectures. Variable-speed recorders are recommended, since they allow the student to listen selectively for information they may have missed in class and "skip over" less important information.
Students with severe reading disabilities or physical disabilities who wish to use taped texts are encouraged to enroll in Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD). RFBD provides textbooks on tape for anyone who has a serious, documented reading disability. There is a one-time application fee of $50.00 and a yearly charge of $25.00. Applications are available in the DSS office or from RFBD by calling their toll free number at 1-800-221-4792/3. Because they operate on Eastern Standard Time, call between 9:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. our time. Staff will assist students with the process of applying for services from RFBD.