Student Accessibility Services

Accommodations

Once students have met with the Student Accessibility Services director, a variety of accommodations may be provided. Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis. 

Common accommodations include:

Alternative Format Texts

  • We encourage students to purchase the format that meets their needs when possible.  
  • If you cannot find an accessible copy, SAS will request books from the publisher in an alternative format such as Adobe Acrobat, PDF or Microsoft Word.
  • The textbook must be purchased, before SAS can make the request. SAS will need the following via email sas@stcloudstate.edu:
    • Your full name
    • The course that requires the book
    • A scanned copy of the receipt
    • The cover of the book
    • The publisher's information
    • The ISBN number

Alternative Testing

  • Alternative test site
  • Extended test time
  • Audio tests
  • Scribe
  • Enlarged copies

Assistive Technology

Availability of assistive technology workstations are now available through a partnership between Information Technology Services (ITS), the University Library, Assistive Technology Lab, and Student Accessibility Services.

Assistive technologies include:

  • JAWS and ZoomText - to assist students who are blind or low vision.
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking - for students who may have disability related to mobility or written language.
  • Read & Write Gold - to assist students who may have a disability affecting comprehension skills.

Emotional Support Animal

An Emotional Support Animal is an animal that provides a therapeutic benefit to its owner through companionship. The animal provides emotional support and comfort to individuals with psychiatric or other mental disabilities.

The steps to apply for an Emotional Support Animal are:

  1. Apply for housing at St. Cloud State University
  2. Complete Student Accessibility Services application for services 
  3. Have your health care provider or another appropriate licensed professional complete the ESA form (PDF) and submit to Student Accessibility Services

Before any accommodation is approved, it is important to have a meeting with the Director of Student Accessibility Services to find how to best serve your needs.

Housing Accommodations

The housing accommodations Student Accessibility Services provides are:

  • Single room
  • ADA accessible room

The steps to apply for housing accommodations are:

  1. Apply for housing at St. Cloud State University
  2. Complete Student Accessibility Services application for services 
  3. Have your health care provider or another appropriate licensed professional complete the Health Care for Students Requesting Housing Accommodations Form (PDF) and submit to Student Accessibility Services

 

Before any accommodation is approved, it is important to have a meeting with the Director of Student Accessibility Services to find how to best serve your needs.

Physical Accommodations

Physical accommodations that Student Accessibility Services provides are:

  • Desks/Chairs with a universal design
  • Accessible testing rooms
  • Preferred Seating
  • Contact Student Accessibility Services if you have any questions 320-308-4080

Priority Registration

Priority registration allows students to register for courses on the first day of the registration period.

Meet with your advisor each semester to plan your courses and receive your access code, if needed.

Recording Lecture Options

Recording lectures can optimize learning. The student should provide a recording tool, such as a phone, computer or digital recorder.

If an instructor has indicated no audio recording of lectures, the student should meet with the instructor and SAS Director. The meeting will focus on how the student needs can be met and how the instructor's concerns can be answered. The instructor, student and SAS Director will sign an audio recording agreement.

Sign Language Interpreting

  • Student Accessibility Services offers interpreting services for all class and class mandatory events
  • Students can request interpreting services by contacting Student Accessibility Services or one of the four American Sign Language interpreters directly.
  • Sign Language interpreter offices are located in Student Accessibility Services (Centennial Hall, Room 202).

Supplemental Note Taker

The supplemental note taker accommodation is put in place to support students who need assistance with taking notes. The supplemental note taker is a peer in the student’s class. The supplemental note taker takes notes, in addition to the notes that the student with a disability is already taking, Students seeking this accommodation are expected to take their own notes as well.

Supplemental note takers are a volunteer service and cannot be guaranteed. Student Accessibility Services are actively recruiting supplemental note takers. Contact Student Accessibility Services if you are interested in volunteering.

Support Meetings

Student Accessibility Services has two Graduate Assistants (GA). These GAs are graduate students that are in a counseling program or related field that specializes in assisting people. These GAs are not tutors, but are professionals that are here to support students. These GAs meet with students regarding:

  • Time Management
  • Organizational Skills
  • Motivation
  • Study Tips
  • Self-Care
  • Coping Skills
  • Advocacy Skills
  • Self-Image

Other accommodations may be available given the diagnosis and course objectives.