Accommodations are determined for each student every semester. Requests for each service must be supported by appropriate, professional and reasonably current documentation. A particular disability does not determine the accommodation. While students with either the same or different diagnoses may be eligible for and/or utilize a particular accommodation, there is no established "matching" of disability and accommodation...one size does NOT fit all!
Classroom accommodations may include, but are not limited to, the following:
ALTERNATE FORMAT TEXTS
Includes texts in electronic text (e-text) format, on tape, in large text, or in Braille. SDS works with students to help identify the most appropriate format for each individual student on a case-by-case basis.
Students that have been approved for Alternate Format Texts should complete an Alternate Format Texts Request Form found in the SDS Forms Repository for each book they are requesting and submit the request form(s) to SDS. This request should be made at least 6-8 weeks prior to the start of a new semester to provide ample time for SDS to obtain and convert their textbooks. Proof of purchase is required before a student can receive the alternate format version of their book(s).
NOTE TAKING ASSISTANCE
Students who are eligible receive a copy of either another student's notes or a copy of the instructor’s notes to augment their own. This service may also include copies of instructor overheads and/or Power Point slides. The student receiving this accommodation should be provided with a copy of the notes on the same day of the class so that s/he has an opportunity to review them just as any other student.
Peer note takers are student volunteers who are already enrolled in the course. Volunteers are typically identified by the instructor, unless the student requiring the accommodation would like to identify their own peer note taker. A discussion of how the note taker will be identified should occur when the TEA or SAAR form is presented to the instructor. SDS has carbonless notepads available for note taking. Otherwise, the department office or SDS can make copies for the student.
SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS
SDS will coordinate interpreting services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Sign language interpreting services are available for classroom and lab requirements as well as academic advising and meetings with other university offices.
AUDIO RECORDINGS OF LECTURES
Individuals whose disability limits their ability to take notes because of auditory processing difficulties, illegible handwriting, short-term memory deficits, or other functional limitations that make note taking difficult may be eligible to use an audio recorder to record lectures. SDS has Livescribe Smart Pens available for checkout or students may provide their own recording device.