Students must provide appropriate and timely documentation to the DS program in order to receive any accommodation. The documentation must include the functional limitations of the disability, the life activity that is significantly impaired, how the disability impacts the educational environment and what are the recommended accommodations. To facilitate the implementation of accommodations, each student will be responsible for bringing their professors letters of verification from the DSS staff stating the accommodations and / or auxiliary aids to which the student is entitled. The following is a list of the more common accommodations utilized. However, students are not limited to the following accommodations: 1. Extended time when taking tests, 2. Tests in a separate room, 3. Use of a tape recorder in class, 4. Use of a calculator for tests / assignments, 5. Use of a scribe for tests / assignments, 6. Note-taker, 7. Use of a word processor for tests / assignments. All requests should be made one week prior to the beginning of each semester.
1. Note takers can be recruited by students, (with approval of DS staff), instructors or DS staff. 2. Notes can be photocopied in the Academic Success Center. 3. If student is not pleased with the quality of the notes, alternatives will be sought. 4. A student must be present in class to receive notes unless special arrangements are warranted.
The request should be made at least seven business days in advance of date the service is needed. The same applies to other services such as alternate mediums, interpreters, and real-time captions.
The request must be made as early as possible. Students requesting books on tape should first check with the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD). Recorded texts will be provided by RFBD free of charge. If particular texts are not available through RFBD, the DS will record texts. Live readers will be provided when appropriate. Note: RFBD and the DS need approximately three weeks to record texts not available on tape, so it is important for students to identify the texts well in advance of the first day of instruction. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the syllabus from the professor in order to identify the required textbooks and reading assignments for the course. If the syllabus is not available three weeks prior to the first day of instruction, the student should ask the professor to identify textbooks and reading assignments for the first three weeks of the semester.
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