Common Accommodation Descriptions

(Revised 07/24/2017)

Students and instructors are encouraged to review the list of common accommodation descriptions. SDS is dedicated to helping students find and implement reasonable academic accommodations. The accommodation process involves input from both the student and the instructor. To determine appropriate accommodations SDS engages in an individualized inquiry that balances the needs of the student and the academic objectives of the course or program.  Instructors are not required to provide accommodations until the student has presented a Letter of Accommodation (LOA). Please let SDS know if you have questions or need clarification. 


Adaptive furniture in classroom

Student may require a classroom modification such as table and/or chair coordinated with the Registrar and SDS. Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017


Allow audio recording of class

Student may audio record lectures and discussions. The student is responsible for providing their own recording device. Video recording classes is not permitted.  Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017


Allow short breaks

Student may require a short break during class. The nature of the break will depend on the individual student's needs. Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017


A sheet of notes or formulas

This memory aid is a tool used to trigger information that a student has studied but may have difficulty recalling due to processing deficits with memory.  Memory aids can contain acronyms, short phrases, pictures, schematic diagrams or mind maps, names, definitions, tables, charts or key terms, and certain formula.  Memory... Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017


Attendance

Generally, we expect students to follow established classroom attendance policies. Some disabilities, however, are episodic in nature and may result in a student having to miss class for a disability related concern. While we want to encourage instructors to be flexible with the attendance policy, instructors are not required to... Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017


Class Notes

The student will need a copy of notes more thorough and comprehensive than a Power Point or outline. The instructor may share a copy of their own notes, have the TA provide a copy of their class notes, or make an announcement to solicit a volunteer student note taker from class. Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017


Deaf/Hard of Hearing Accommodations

Academic accommodations are available for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (Deaf/HOH).  Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017


E-text for required readings

Accommodations are available for students who require alternative media formats such as enlarged text or OCR-compliant PDF documents for required readings.  Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017


Extended time for exams and quizzes

Students will be provided extended time for all exams and quizzes. Unlimited time is not an available accommodation. Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017


Grammar/Spelling

Student has a disability that may impact their ability to produce in-class writing assignments or exams that are correct in terms of grammar and/or spelling. Please do not subtract points for this unless it is a fundamental component of the class to produce writing samples on demand. Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017


Large print

The material should be available with enlarged text such as 18 point with bold font. Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017


Preferential Seating

Student may require preferential seating in the classroom. The actual location will depend on the individual student's needs. Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017


Priority Registration

All students who have completed their SDS intake will qualify for priority course registration.  Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017


Reduced distraction environment for exams and quizzes

A distraction reduced testing environment is a setting outside the usual classroom that limits interruptions and other environmental influences. For example, a room that minimizes both the auditory (e.g. copy machines, talking) and visual distractions (e.g. people moving in and out of the testing space.) Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017


Scribe for Essay Exams

Student will need to dictate the answers for short answer and essay questions.  Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017


Scribe for Scantron

Student allowed to answer exams using alternative to scantron forms. Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017


Use of a calculator

In some cases, students with very Specific Learning Disabilities in math (Dyscalculia) may be approved to use a basic 4 function calculator in class and on exams.  Instructors can determine if this fundamentally alters course objectives.  Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017



World Language Substitution Courses

Some students have a disability that may prevent them from meeting the world language requirement. SDS has an agreement with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Tippie College of Business to consider providing substitution courses for this requirement based on a recommendation from our office. Continue reading...

Posted July 24, 2017


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