How to Qualify for Accommodations

If you have a verifiable physical, mental, or emotional disorder which:

  • Interferes with learning, such as not being able to get all the information from class due to problems with reading, concentration, attention, seeing, hearing, writing, etc.
  • Interferes with your ability to demonstrate that you know the material, and requires modifications such as a longer time to finish tests, a quiet place to take tests, auditory or oral testing, enlarged print or Braille, or an interpreter to clarify questions regarding the test, etc.
  • Creates problems with physical space and routes such as opening doors, using furniture, getting around campus, or hinders attendance etc.and need accommodation, then submit your documentation and your requests to the Center for Educational Access (See Making Accommodation Requests).

A Guide to Disability Documentation

In order to request accommodations, the student should bring information from their professional explaining the issue that creates a barrier to learning and/or participating to the Center for Educational Access (located in Seiter Hall 100)

Some examples are as follows:

If the student has a:

  • learning disability: a report from a psychologist, learning disability specialists, IEP, 504 plan etc.
  • psychological or attention issue:  a letter from a counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist etc.
  • medical / neurological issue:  a letter from a physician, PA, DO, or Nurse Practitioner etc.
  • visual impairment:  a letter from a doctor or ophthalmologist etc. 

or is NOT presently seeing a professional for the disorder, then request to meet with the Director for the Center for Educational Access 769-5947 to discuss your needs and options.

If the student DOES NOT have documentation but believes they might have a disability and wants accommodation:  a meeting with the Director should be requested to talk about options and possible solutions.