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A “reasonable accommodation” is a modification, adjustment, and/or auxiliary aid that minimizes or eliminates the impact of a disability, allowing the student to gain equal access and opportunity to participate in the College’s courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities.
A “reasonable and appropriate accommodation” is one that does not:
- Require a substantial change or alteration in the curriculum or an essential element of a course or program.
- Fundamentally alter the nature of the service provided.
- Pose an undue financial hardship or administrative burden.
- Pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.
- Include examples such as notetakers, text-to-voice programs, and alternative testing which may include reading software, additional time, or a scribe.
- Are determined on an individual basis; not all students with the same disability will need the same accommodations.
- Require students to provide documentation of disability to the Disability Support Services (DSS) Office.
Confidentiality in ALL Areas:
- This means faculty may receive a request for accommodations without knowing the nature of the student’s disability. However, some students may choose to disclose information about their disability and how it impacts their learning.
- Violation of confidentiality can have legal impacts on both the faculty member and the institution.
Universal Design (UD) allows access for all, regardless of individual characteristics:
- More integrated, less stigmatizing and more supportive of learning environments.
- Key component of UD is flexibility.
- Takes into consideration the full range of learners.
- Includes accessibility of ALL instructional materials; those required as well as those that are supplemental.