College accommodations are supports and services provided at no cost to eligible students with disabilities. Accomodations serve to ensure equal access and opportunity to benefit from classes, programs, and activities.
College accommodations are supports and services provided at no cost to eligible students with disabilities. Accommodations serve to ensure equal access and opportunity to benefit from classes, programs, and activities. Common academic accommodations may include priority registration, note takers, extended time on tests, testing in a limited distractions room, accessible classrooms, interpreters, and textbooks in an alternate format. Using accommodations can make a big difference in student learning success and grades achieved.
When considering colleges, learn about the office on campus that supports students with disabilities. This is often called the office of Disability Support Services (DSS). It will be important to determine what documentation is required, the steps to take to be determined eligible, and the associated forms it will be necessary to complete in order to register as a student with a disability.
Requesting and being eligible for college accommodations is a very different process than in high school. Learning the requirements and how to navigate this process, is critical to understand before going to college.
Tips for Success
- Every college has different policies & procedures. Review the DSS policies and procedures for each of the colleges to which you apply.
- IEP forms are generally not acceptable as documentation of a disability; however, they can be included along with the required documentation.
- Your disability information is kept confidential.
- Although you can request accommodations at any point in the semester, it is advisable to do so at the beginning of each semester.