Student Accessibility Services

Accommodations

Once students have presented documentation of their disabilities and have completed an intake with the Student Accessibility Services director, a variety of accommodations may be provided. Support for accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis. 

They may include . . .

Priority Registration

Priority regiustration 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.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Accommodations

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. An audio recording agreement will be signed by the instructor, student and SAS Director.

Alternative Format Texts

  • SAS will request books from the publisher in an alternative format such as Adobe Acrobat PDF or Microsoft Word 
  • The student will use a screen-reading tool to listen to the textbooks
  • To start the request process, the student must purchase the textbooks, then bring the books and receipt to the SAS office

Note Taking

  • Volunteer note-taking in classes, as requested
  • Students approved for note-taking assistance, must go to each class the first couple days to identify if they have a need for a note taker. If there is a need, the student should come to SAS to request support.

Alternative Testing

  • Alternative test site
  • Extended testing time
  • Audio tests/Reader
  • Scribe
  • Enlarged copies

Schedule an exam (PDF)

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology Software Available in SAS and the Miller Center

Availability of assistive technology workstations with upgraded software are now available through a partnership between ITS, the University Library and Student Accessibility Services. Assistive technologies include:

  • Jaws and Zoomtext to assist students who are blind or low vision.
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking, a dictation tool for students who may have mobility or written language struggles.
  • Read & Write, a literacy software with a variety of tools to assist students in listening to electronic material in audio along with organizational and writing tools. 
    • Read & Write Tool download (login required)

Housing Accommodations

Students desiring housing accommodations for disability related needs should have their health care provider or another appropriate licensed professional complete the Health Care for Students Requesting Housing Accommodations Form (PDF). Once submitted to our office, SAS will contact the student to set up a meeting.
  • Single room
  • ADA accessible room

 

Student with an emotional-support animal (ESA), should have a licensed mental health provider submit the ESA form (PDF) to the SAS office for review.
  • The form must establish that you are under the provder's care and that you require an ESA to assist you with an emotional or psychological disorder
  • The provider must establish a nexus between the animal and its support for the diagnosed condition.

Once the completed form is received, student will be contacted about a meeting.

Physical Accommodations

Emergency Planning

Make an evacuation plan

We encourage students with disabilities to have an evacuation plan for each classroom. For help creating an evacuation plan, schedule a meeting with Student Accessibility Services.

It is critical that you understand your needs during an emergency evacuation. Employees and students must evacuate a building when the fire alarm system is activated or when directed to do so by emergency personnel. If time allows, take your personal belongings, such as vehicle keys, house keys and medications. This is particularly important should the evacuation be long term.

Use the closest stairwell

Have a employee, student or co-worker alert emergency services personnel about the nearest stairwell. They will assist the student in evacuating the building. Use of the elevator is prohibited except by emergency services personnel.

Individuals with visual impairments should ask for assistance from a student or staff member. When a visual alarm signal is not available, persons with hearing impairments should request an alternative warning, such as a written note or a flashing of the light switch.

Once outside, move away from the affected building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel. Wait for further instructions. 

Evacuation from a residence hall or apartment

On-campus residents should discuss emergency procedures with the residence hall director. 

Support Services

  • Support and advocacy for the student coping with a disability
  • Orientation to buildings, including elevators, accessible routes, restrooms and automatic doors
  • Campus map that displays accessible entrances
  • Referrals to other support services
  • Meetings with graduate assistants to discuss issues such as time management, organizational skills and study tips

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