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Eligibility for Disability Accommodations
Reasonable accommodations are typically changes in how a task or activity is accomplished or an alteration to a physical structure. They do not alter academic standards or essential requirements of the course/curriculum nor cause undue hardship to the parties involved.
Qualifying for Accommodations
To qualify for disability accommodations, the student must:
- Have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as learning, seeing, hearing, speaking, walking or breathing. Presence of disability alone does not necessarily qualify an individual for accommodations.
- Experience functional limitation(s) caused by the disability that significantly limit or prevent access to the University's programs, services or facilities.
Criteria for determining an accommodation is reasonable and appropriate for an individual student:
- The determination process is done on a case by case basis and is accomplished through discussion with the student and review of the disability documentation.
- There must be a logical link between the functional limits of the student's disability and the specific accommodation. For example, a student with a print disability may need an audio format for exams or textbooks.
Accommodation Determination Process
- The student must register with DSS and be determined eligible for consideration of reasonable accommodations.
- The student and Disability Specialist (DS) identify the limitations caused by the disability and a determination is made as to which accommodation will be appropriate and reasonable.
- The student is given a document that verifies the need for accommodations and identifies the accommodations recommended by DSS.
- The student requests the accommodations from the professor and, together, they discuss how those accommodations will be provided. If asked for verification of the need for requested accommodations, the student can show the professor the verification document from DSS.
- The DS is available to consult and assist in problem solving.
- The student must update the verification document every semester.