Accommodating a student with disability

Reasonable accommodations are modifications or adjustments to the tasks, environment or to the way things are usually done that enable individuals with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to participate in an academic program or a job (U. The Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) stipulates that postsecondary institutions are responsible for providing necessary accommodations when a student discloses a disability.

Broad categories of accommodations include changes to the application process to ensure an equal opportunity to apply for program enrollment, changes that enable a student with a disability to perform the essential functions of the academic program, and changes that enable a student with a disability to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of the program (e.g., access to training).

Appreciate that for many students, this can be intimidating.

Put a statement, such as the following, on your syllabi, “If you have a disability and would like to request accommodations, please contact Access Ability Services, located in Wilder Hall B4, at 413-538-2646 or [email protected]

If you are eligible, they will give you an accommodation letter which you should bring to me as soon as possible.” 2.

By: National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Accommodations are alterations in the way tasks are presented that allow children with learning disabilities to complete the same assignments as other students.

Accommodations do not alter the content of assignments, give students an unfair advantage or in the case of assessments, change what a test measures.

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