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What is the Letter of Accommodations (LOA)? 

The Letter of Accommodations (LOA) is a document generated by students that provides verification of registration with SDS and details which academic accommodations a student is eligible to receive from instructors. Access Consultants will show students how to access their LOAs (Letter of Accommodations) during their Initial meeting.  Students registered with SDS can download their letters from the Student Portal on our Website

Is my disability information shared with my professors?

Information related to a student’s disability is not shared with instructors. It is the student’s responsibility to share their Letter of Accommodations (LOA) with instructors. The LOA focuses on accommodations and does not share disability-specific information. It is up to students to decide what information beyond accommodations they feel do or do not feel comfortable sharing. A student should never be required to share disability-specific information with their instructors.  

Do I need to apply for accommodations each semester? 

Students do not need to apply for accommodations each semester. At the beginning of each semester, new Letters of Accommodation with be available to students in the student portal.  

What if I need additional accommodations?

Students can request changes to their accommodations at any time. To request additional accommodations, students can reach out to their Access Consultant. Access Consultants can discuss whether or not an accommodation can be added and if additional documentation is needed.  

Who is responsible for paying for documentation to verify my disability?

The student is responsible. Please review the Documentation Guidelines. If you have questions about where to obtain the necessary documentation, please contact our office.

If I have received accommodations at a different college or university, will I automatically receive the same accommodations at the University of Iowa?

A student may not receive the same accommodations they had at a previous institution. Documentation is reviewed and decisions are made independently from other institutions because colleges and universities have different processes and accommodations they provide. It can be helpful for students to provide documentation of previous accommodations used with their application to SDS. This allows SDS to determine accommodations that may be similar if they are eligible based on UIowa's policies.

How will you determine if my condition meets the definition of a disability that is used in college?

Decisions about eligibility for accommodations are based on the Documentation Guidelines. The documentation of your condition must be current and specific.  If you are having testing done for use in requesting accommodations at the University of Iowa, please refer the assessor to this resource.  Once we receive your documentation and application, we will review your materials and provide a determination of eligibility. Access Consultants are also available to answer questions if you have concerns about your documentation before applying for accommodations. 

What accommodations are required if a student discloses a disability after the fact (e.g., after failing an exam or assignment)?

To use academic accommodations, students registered with SDS are responsible for having a conversation and providing their instructors with their Letter of Accommodations. Accommodations cannot be applied retroactively.

Is my disability information shared with my professors?

Information related to a student’s disability is not shared with instructors. It is the student’s responsibility to share their Letter of Accommodations (LOA) with instructors. The LOA focuses on accommodations and does not share disability-specific information. It is up to students to decide what information beyond accommodations they feel do or do not feel comfortable sharing. A student should never be required to share disability-specific information with their instructors.

If I register with Student Disability Services, will it show up on my academic record?

Registering with Student Disability services does not appear on your academic record because disability-specific information is confidential.

Can my parents be involved in this process?

Family members or members of the student's support system can absolutely be a part of the accommodations process if a student would like. Before someone else can be a part of the accommodations process with students, students will need to complete a consent form that grants permission. Students can contact their Access Consultant, or SDS directly to request a consent form.

Should I self-identify that I have a disability during the admission process?

Disclosing a disability during the admission process is voluntary. What a student chooses to or not to disclose in the admissions process does not impact their ability to receive accommodations through SDS. The University of Iowa will not discriminate against you due to your status as an individual with a disability. If you are applying under the Individual Review Process and believe that your disability is related to your Regents Admission Index score it might be helpful to include this information in your personal statement.

Should I tell my academic advisor about my disability?

Students can choose whether they would like to disclose their disability to their Academic Advisor, as well as other offices on campus. It is not required for students to share disability-specific information.

Are students required to identify their disability or provide copies of disability documentations to faculty and staff?

No. Students are not required nor should they be asked to disclose the nature of their disability. Additionally, students should not be asked to provide faculty and staff with copies of their disability documentation. Students requesting accommodations are only required to provide a Letter of Accommodations from SDS stating that they have a documented disability on file.

Is my disability information shared with my professors?

Information related to a student’s disability is not shared with instructors. It is the student’s responsibility to share their Letter of Accommodations (LOA) with instructors. The LOA focuses on accommodations and does not share disability-specific information. It is up to students to decide what information beyond accommodations they feel do or do not feel comfortable sharing. A student should never be required to share disability-specific information with their instructors.

What if I need additional accommodations?

Students can request changes to their accommodations at any time. To request additional accommodations, students can reach out to their Access Consultant. Access Consultants can discuss whether or not an accommodation can be added and if additional documentation is needed.

 

Is tutoring provided specifically for students with disabilities?

SDS does not offer tutoring services for students with disabilities. Tutor Iowa is an excellent resource for tutoring resources on campus. Our office has partnered with Tutor Iowa to provide training on how tutors can support students with disabilities on campus. While different from tutoring, SDS does provide academic coaching through the Academic Life Navigator and Academic Coaching programs.

If I register with Student Disability Services, will it show up on my academic record?

Registering with Student Disability services does not appear on your academic record because disability-specific information is confidential.

Who is responsible for paying for documentation to verify my disability?

The student is responsible. Please review the Documentation Guidelines. If you have questions about where to obtain the necessary documentation, please contact our office.

Should I tell my academic advisor about my disability?

Students can choose whether they would like to disclose their disability to their Academic Advisor, as well as other offices on campus. It is not required for students to share disability-specific information.

How will you determine if my condition meets the definition of a disability that is used in college?

Decisions about eligibility for accommodations are based on the Documentation Guidelines. The documentation of your condition must be current and specific. If you are having testing done for use in requesting accommodations at the University of Iowa, please refer the assessor to this resource. Once we receive your documentation and application, we will review your materials and provide a determination of eligibility. Access Consultants are also available to answer questions if you have concerns about your documentation before applying for accommodations.

What if I disagree with an accommodation decision that has been made by SDS?

If you disagree with an accommodation decision made by SDS, please make an appointment with the SDS Director to discuss your concerns. Appeals beyond that point may be addressed with the University of Iowa ADA Compliance Coordinator.

What accommodations are required if a student discloses a disability after the fact (e.g., after failing an exam or assignment)?

To use academic accommodations, students registered with SDS are responsible for having a conversation and providing their instructors with their Letter of Accommodations. Accommodations cannot be applied retroactively.

I'm having issues with an exam accommodation being proctored by an instructor? What do I do?

If a student is having issues receiving accommodations from their instructor, they should contact their Access Consultant. Access Consultants can work with students and instructors to ensure that accommodations are being provided.

How do I access Read & Write GOLD?

Read & Write GOLD (RWG) is a free software that can be downloaded on any computer. It can be accessed here. If you have any issues with downloading the software, contact the ITS Helpdesk.

Read & Write Gold

Read & Write Gold is a literacy software with support tools for reading, writing, research, and studying. Students may install this software for free by using the following link along with their HawkID and password: https://helpdesk.its.uiowa.edu/software/download/rwgold/. If you have any issues with downloading the software, contact the ITS Helpdesk.

For PC Users

Here is additional information regarding Read & Write Gold software for PC:

For Mac Users

Here is additional information regarding Read & Write Gold software for Mac:

Conditions and Copyright Law

Materials distributed in alternative formats are intended solely for purposes of auxiliary aids to students with disabilities accessing University of Iowa courses. Physical media (e.g., PDF or Doc file) is the property of the distributor, and text content is property of the copyright holder. Therefore, reformatted material must not be copied or shared with others as a matter of copyright law. In compliance with copyright law, SDS seeks permission of the copyright holder to convert copyrighted materials to alternative formats on a case-by-case basis.

When will I know when my readings are ready to be downloaded?

ICON has a notification system that students can modify to receive notifications about course activity, such as when files are uploaded to ICON for Media Services. Use this link to modify ICON notification settings: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10624-4212710344

Where do I go to get my reformatted readings?

All students who have the E-text accommodation and request E-Text for required readings will be enrolled in an ICON course under the Ongoing semester titled by the student's name.

Is there technology available to assist Deaf and Hard of Hearing students?

Yes, there are several different types of technology that Uiowa uses to assist and support Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. One of the primary technologies is known as Speech-to-text services.  Based on student request we typically offer CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) captioning, the provider can be utilized in the classroom on-site or remotely to provide realtime speech-to-text services. We also offer Assistive Listening Devices (ALD's). To learn more about Deaf and Hard of Hearing accommodations SDS provides visit the Deaf and Hard of Hearing services webpage

I want to take an ASL course. Can you assist?

The university has several American Sign Language classes available through the American Sign Language program. They are independent from SDS and students are encouraged to reach out to that program for more information.

I need a sign language interpreter for an academic advising or financial aid meeting. Where can I get one?

Each department or interdepartmental unit on campus is required by the ADA to provide their own sign language interpreter for students who request it. As a courtesy, the Deaf/HOH Services Coordinator at SDS may be contacted for referrals at sds-deafhoh@uiowa.edu.

Does SDS have amplification or FM systems available for Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing students?

Yes, the FM systems can be loaned out free of charge by registered students at SDS on a semester-by-semester basis. Students may submit their request to sds-deafhoh@uiowa.edu.

I need a sign language interpreter or speech-to-text service for my courses. What do I do?

Once the student has registered with Student Disability Services they will be assigned an Access Consultant who will work with them to make sure they have Speech-to-text or/and interpreting services for their courses.  Upon approval for accommodations, students submit requests for specific services each semester to sds-deafhoh@uiowa.edu.

What is the role of SDS in providing Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services?

SDS works with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing on a case-by-case basis to ensure they receive all reasonable academic-related accommodations necessary. Certain accommodations may include class notes, sign language interpreters, speech-to-text service, or amplification systems.

What should I take into consideration when teaching a Deaf or Hard of Hearing student?

Each student is different and there is a wide variety of accommodations that may need to be arranged, including sign language interpreting and note-taking services. For more information see our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Instructor Responsibilities and Best Practices webpage

Is there anything special I need to do for Deaf or Hard of Hearing students if I am showing a video or online video clip in class?

Instructors who have students who are deaf or hard of hearing in their classes need to consider the accessibility of the media they plan to use. These instructors will be notified in advance before the semester begins by Student Disability Services. Instructors who intend to use DVD, VHS, or web-based videos and/or podcasts in their course should be aware that they are responsible for offering captioned versions of course materials. Videos are accessible when they are captioned and podcasts are accessible when a written transcript accompanies the audio file.

If a video is not captioned or a podcast does not have a transcript, instructors will need to arrange for an accessible version to be produced. Instructors should plan ahead by allowing anywhere from 3 days to two weeks for transcription and captioning services.  In some cases, transcripts or captions for last minute video clips requests may be granted if the instructor contacts the Deaf/HOH Services Coordinator within 24 hours of showing the video in class.  Inaccessible media must not be shown in class until accessible media is available for all students. 

Student Disability Services is available to assist instructors with locating captioned videos, adding captions to videos, and showing videos with captions in classrooms and online courses for classroom materials. Requests are encouraged to be sent as soon as possible to the Deaf/HOH Services Coordinator at SDS. 

University of Iowa's Web Accessibility Policy

University of Iowa policy requires that all web content conform to accessibility standards described in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, version 2.0, level AA, as set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Individual units are charged with developing and implementing a web accessibility strategy per the Implementation section of this policy.

How do sign language interpreters work in class with a Deaf student?

Many Deaf and Hard of Hearing students will utilize sign language interpreting or captioning services in the classroom. Depending on the course content, you may be asked for materials in advance so that the service providers may prepare for upcoming classes. For example, in a class where there is a large amount of new terminology and vocabulary and readings, such as a literature class, it would be beneficial to provide as much of this information to the interpreters in advance. Additionally, interpreters may need to be given course materials such as a copy of the syllabus and/or access to ICON.

When there is a sign language interpreter present, should I speak to the interpreter or directly to the Deaf student?

When needing to speak to the student, address the student rather than the interpreter and keep in mind that the student will need to be able to see the interpreter and the interpreter will need to be able to hear what you are saying.

Should I make arrangements for Deaf/HOH Services if I have to meet with a Deaf student during office hours?

Check with the student to see if they need communication assistance. While some students utilize services in the classroom, they may or may not need the same services one-on-one. Instructors who need to request sign language interpreters or speech-to-text services are encouraged to have the student contact SDS promptly to ensure timely arrangement of services. Although we strive to respond to all service requests, we may be unable to meet requests made less than 48 hours in advance. The request can be sent to sds-deafhoh@uiowa.edu.

I'm having issues with an exam accommodation being proctored by an instructor? What do I do?

If a student is having issues receiving accommodations from their instructor, they should contact their Access Consultant. Access Consultants can work with students and instructors to ensure that accommodations are being provided.

If a student is taking an exam at SDS, when does it need to be at the SDS office?

Instructors can email or drop off the exams at SDS during business hours. SDS must have the exams in possession 24 hours before the exam is scheduled.

The structure of my class includes both quizzes and exams. For what tests will the student need to receive the exam accommodations?

Instructors should provide exam accommodations for all quizzes and exams.

How are exams proctored at SDS?

All rooms at SDS are proctored remotely using cameras and a monitor. For more information visit our Exam Services webpage.

When students identify themselves as having a disability, what should instructors and staff do?

Interaction with students with disabilities is the same as with any other student. Listen to what they have to say. Ask questions only about how and if the disability will impact them in the class as well as about the accommodations they may be requesting.  To have their requests for disability accommodations verified, students must be registered with SDS. Ask students who are self-identifying with a disability about their SDS registration status. Students who are registered will have been assigned to professional staff at SDS who can facilitate the accommodation process. Accommodations should not be granted unless the student presents their Letter of Accommodation from SDS. 

What is the Letter of Accommodations (LOA)? 

The Letter of Accommodations (LOA) is a document generated by students that provides verification of registration with SDS and details which academic accommodations a student is eligible to receive from instructors. Access Consultants will show students how to access their LOAs (Letter of Accommodations) during their Initial meeting.  Students registered with SDS can download their letters from the Student Portal on our Website

Do instructors have a legal responsibility to accommodate qualified students with disabilities?

Yes. Accessibility is essential and should be at the forefront of course planning.  If you are concerned about accommodations for a class, please contact SDS immediately at (319) 335-1462.  The Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandate students' rights to accommodations and their right to file complaints (OCR) and/or lawsuits (ADA) against the University if these accommodations are not provided.

What do I do about a student with a disability who is misbehaving, threatening, or rude?

All students are expected to abide by the University Code of Conduct. Poor behavior is not excused on the basis of disability.  Respond to the behavior as you would with any other student.

What accommodations are required if a student discloses a disability after the fact (e.g., after failing an exam or assignment)?

To use academic accommodations, students registered with SDS are responsible for having a conversation and providing their instructors with their Letter of Accommodations. Accommodations cannot be applied retroactively.

I want to refer a student to SDS because I think they might have a disability. How do I talk to the student about my concern?

If you believe a student may have a disability or if a student expresses concern that they may have a disability, please encourage them to contact SDS for more information. SDS works with several campus units regarding referrals for evaluations. Students may obtain registration and documentation guidelines from SDS.  

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact SDS. Thank you for your assistance with this process.

What should I do when a student directly hands me their documentation of a disability?

Refer the student to Student Disability Services or share the hyperlink to the Applying for Accommodations webpage. The SDS director will review the documentation to determine eligibility for accommodations. Once approved for services, the SDS staff and student will discuss appropriate accommodations for each class and assist the student in communicating with the instructor about their accommodations.

Are students required to identify their disability or provide copies of disability documentations to faculty and staff?

No. Students are not required nor should they be asked to disclose the nature of their disability.  Additionally, students should not be asked to provide faculty and staff with copies of their disability documentation. Students requesting accommodations are only required to provide a Letter of Accommodations from SDS stating that they have a documented disability on file.

I'm having issues with an exam accommodation being proctored by an instructor? What do I do? 

If a student is having issues receiving accommodations from their instructor, they should contact their Access Consultant. Access Consultants can work with students and instructors to ensure that accommodations are being provided. 

If a student is taking an exam at SDS, when does it need to be at the SDS office? 

Instructors can email or drop off the exams at SDS during business hours. SDS must have the exams in possession 24 hours before the exam is scheduled.

The structure of my class includes both quizzes and exams. For what tests will the student need to receive the exam accommodations?

Instructors should provide exam accommodations for all quizzes and exams.  

How are exams proctored at SDS?

All rooms at SDS are proctored remotely using cameras and a monitor. For more information visit our Exam Services webpage

Is there technology available to assist Deaf and Hard of Hearing students?

Yes, there are several different types of technology that Uiowa uses to assist and support Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. One of the primary technologies is known as Speech-to-text services.  Based on student request we typically offer CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) captioning, the provider can be utilized in the classroom on-site or remotely to provide realtime speech-to-text services. We also offer Assistive Listening Devices (ALD's). To learn more about Deaf and Hard of Hearing accommodations SDS provides visit the Deaf and Hard of Hearing services webpage

What is the role of SDS in providing Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services?

SDS works with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing on a case-by-case basis to ensure they receive all reasonable academic-related accommodations necessary. Certain accommodations may include class notes, sign language interpreters, speech-to-text service, or amplification systems.

What should I take into consideration when teaching a Deaf or Hard of Hearing student?

Each student is different and there is a wide variety of accommodations that may need to be arranged, including sign language interpreting and note-taking services. For more information see our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Instructor Responsibilities and Best Practices webpage

Is there anything special I need to do for Deaf or Hard of Hearing students if I am showing a video or online video clip in class?

Instructors who have students who are deaf or hard of hearing in their classes need to consider the accessibility of the media they plan to use. These instructors will be notified in advance before the semester begins by Student Disability Services. Instructors who intend to use DVD, VHS, or web-based videos and/or podcasts in their course should be aware that they are responsible for offering captioned versions of course materials. Videos are accessible when they are captioned and podcasts are accessible when a written transcript accompanies the audio file.

If a video is not captioned or a podcast does not have a transcript, instructors will need to arrange for an accessible version to be produced. Instructors should plan ahead by allowing anywhere from 3 days to two weeks for transcription and captioning services.  In some cases, transcripts or captions for last minute video clips requests may be granted if the instructor contacts the Deaf/HOH Services Coordinator within 24 hours of showing the video in class.  Inaccessible media must not be shown in class until accessible media is available for all students. 

Student Disability Services is available to assist instructors with locating captioned videos, adding captions to videos, and showing videos with captions in classrooms and online courses for classroom materials. Requests are encouraged to be sent as soon as possible to the Deaf/HOH Services Coordinator at SDS. 

University of Iowa's Digital Accessibility Policy

University of Iowa policy requires that all web content conform to accessibility standards described in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, version 2.0, level AA, as set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Individual units are charged with developing and implementing a web accessibility strategy per the Implementation section of this policy.

How do sign language interpreters work in class with a Deaf student?

Many Deaf and Hard of Hearing students will utilize sign language interpreting or captioning services in the classroom. Depending on the course content, you may be asked for materials in advance so that the service providers may prepare for upcoming classes. For example, in a class where there is a large amount of new terminology and vocabulary and readings, such as a literature class, it would be beneficial to provide as much of this information to the interpreters in advance. Additionally, interpreters may need to be given course materials such as a copy of the syllabus and/or access to ICON.

When there is a sign language interpreter present, should I speak to the interpreter or directly to the Deaf student?

When needing to speak to the student, address the student rather than the interpreter and keep in mind that the student will need to be able to see the interpreter and the interpreter will need to be able to hear what you are saying.

Should I make arrangements for Deaf/HOH Services if I have to meet with a Deaf student during office hours?

Check with the student to see if they need communication assistance. While some students utilize services in the classroom, they may or may not need the same services one-on-one. Instructors who need to request sign language interpreters or speech-to-text services are encouraged to have the student contact SDS promptly to ensure timely arrangement of services. Although we strive to respond to all service requests, we may be unable to meet requests made less than 48 hours in advance. The request can be sent to sds-deafhoh@uiowa.edu.

How do I access Read & Write GOLD?

Read & Write GOLD (RWG) is a free software that can be downloaded on any computer. It can be accessed here. If you have any issues with downloading the software, contact the ITS Helpdesk.

Read & Write Gold

Read & Write Gold is a literacy software with support tools for reading, writing, research, and studying. Students may install this software for free by using the following link along with their HawkID and password: https://helpdesk.its.uiowa.edu/software/download/rwgold/. If you have any issues with downloading the software, contact the ITS Helpdesk.

For PC Users

Here is additional information regarding Read & Write Gold software for PC:

For Mac Users

Here is additional information regarding Read & Write Gold software for Mac:

Conditions and Copyright Law

Materials distributed in alternative formats are intended solely for purposes of auxiliary aids to students with disabilities accessing University of Iowa courses. Physical media (e.g., PDF or Doc file) is the property of the distributor, and text content is property of the copyright holder. Therefore, reformatted material must not be copied or shared with others as a matter of copyright law. In compliance with copyright law, SDS seeks permission of the copyright holder to convert copyrighted materials to alternative formats on a case-by-case basis.

When will I know when my readings are ready to be downloaded?

ICON has a notification system that students can modify to receive notifications about course activity, such as when files are uploaded to ICON for Media Services. Use this link to modify ICON notification settings: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10624-4212710344

Where do I go to get my reformatted readings?

All students who have the E-text accommodation and request E-Text for required readings will be enrolled in an ICON course under the Ongoing semester titled by the student's name.

Where can I find the request form for Media Services?

The Media Services Request form and more information about requirements for requesting Media Services are located on our Media Services page on our website.

What counts as proof of payment for my books?

A receipt or an online order confirmation counts as proof of possession. This file should be sent as an email to sds-media@uiowa.edu before the required reading can be released on ICON for use by the student.

Can my parents be involved in this process?

Family members or members of the student's support system can absolutely be a part of the accommodations process if a student would like. Before someone else can be a part of the accommodations process with students, students will need to complete a consent form that grants permission. Students can contact their Access Consultant, or SDS directly to request a consent form.

If I have received accommodations at a different college or university, will I automatically receive the same accommodations at the University of Iowa?

A student may not receive the same accommodations they had at a previous institution. Documentation is reviewed and decisions are made independently from other institutions because colleges and universities have different processes and accommodations they provide. It can be helpful for students to provide documentation of previous accommodations used with their application to SDS. This allows SDS to determine accommodations that may be similar if they are eligible based on UIowa's policies.

Is my disability information shared with my professors?

Information related to a student’s disability is not shared with instructors. It is the student’s responsibility to share their Letter of Accommodations (LOA) with instructors. The LOA focuses on accommodations and does not share disability-specific information. It is up to students to decide what information beyond accommodations they feel do or do not feel comfortable sharing. A student should never be required to share disability-specific information with their instructors.

Is tutoring provided specifically for students with disabilities?

SDS does not offer tutoring services for students with disabilities. Tutor Iowa is an excellent resource for tutoring resources on campus. Our office has partnered with Tutor Iowa to provide training on how tutors can support students with disabilities on campus. While different from tutoring, SDS does provide academic coaching through the Academic Life Navigator and Academic Coaching programs.

I am a prospective student. May I meet with someone from your office during my campus tour?

SDS would love to meet with you during your visit to campus! To arrange a visit with us, please work with the Office of Admissions team to develop a plan for your visit.

If I register with Student Disability Services, will it show up on my academic record?

Registering with Student Disability services does not appear on your academic record because disability-specific information is confidential.

Can my parents be involved in this process?

Family members or members of the student's support system can absolutely be a part of the accommodations process if a student would like. Before someone else can be a part of the accommodations process with students, students will need to complete a consent form that grants permission. Students can contact their Access Consultant, or SDS directly to request a consent form.

Who is responsible for paying for documentation to verify my disability?

The student is responsible. Please review the Documentation Guidelines. If you have questions about where to obtain the necessary documentation, please contact our office.

Should I self-identify that I have a disability during the admission process?

Disclosing a disability during the admission process is voluntary. What a student chooses to or not to disclose in the admissions process does not impact their ability to receive accommodations through SDS. The University of Iowa will not discriminate against you due to your status as an individual with a disability. If you are applying under the Individual Review Process and believe that your disability is related to your Regents Admission Index score it might be helpful to include this information in your personal statement.

If I have received accommodations at a different college or university, will I automatically receive the same accommodations at the University of Iowa?

A student may not receive the same accommodations they had at a previous institution. Documentation is reviewed and decisions are made independently from other institutions because colleges and universities have different processes and accommodations they provide. It can be helpful for students to provide documentation of previous accommodations used with their application to SDS. This allows SDS to determine accommodations that may be similar if they are eligible based on UIowa's policies.

How will you determine if my condition meets the definition of a disability that is used in college?

Decisions about eligibility for accommodations are based on the Documentation Guidelines. The documentation of your condition must be current and specific. If you are having testing done for use in requesting accommodations at the University of Iowa, please refer the assessor to this resource. Once we receive your documentation and application, we will review your materials and provide a determination of eligibility. Access Consultants are also available to answer questions if you have concerns about your documentation before applying for accommodations.

I need a sign language interpreter or speech-to-text service for my courses. What do I do?

Once the student has registered with Student Disability Services they will be assigned an Access Consultant who will work with them to make sure they have Speech-to-text or/and interpreting services for their courses. Upon approval for accommodations, students submit requests for specific services each semester to sds-deafhoh@uiowa.edu.

What is the role of SDS in providing Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services?

SDS works with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing on a case-by-case basis to ensure they receive all reasonable academic-related accommodations necessary. Certain accommodations may include class notes, sign language interpreters, speech-to-text service, or amplification systems.

I have a temporary disability. Can SDS help me? What services might be available?

Our office does not provide formal accommodations for temporary disabilities. However, we are happy to help students navigating communicating with instructors and connecting them with resources on campus if needed. We encourage students with temporary disabilities to contact our office if they would like our support and review the resources for temporary disabilities on our website.

Is tutoring provided specifically for students with disabilities?

SDS does not offer tutoring services for students with disabilities. Tutor Iowa is an excellent resource for tutoring resources on campus. Our office has partnered with Tutor Iowa to provide training on how tutors can support students with disabilities on campus. While different from tutoring, SDS does provide academic coaching through the Academic Life Navigator and Academic Coaching programs.