Academic Accommodations

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Academic Accommodations

Extended time for exams and in-class written assignments is the most commonly recommended testing accommodation because of its relevance to most disabilities. The most typical accommodation is extended time for tests. Extended time does not mean "unlimited time" or "untimed tests." ODS allows extended time in increments of time and one-half or double time. Increments are based on functional limitations described in the documentation. Most students who are allowed extra time will receive time and one-half. Extra time may be alloted for in class assignments , essays, or quizzes.

A distraction-reduced testing location is an effective accommodation for students with neurological, psychological, or attention deficit disorders. A distraction-reduced location should be free of ringing telephones, conversation, and traffic.

Note-takers or access to a shared copy of class notes may be used for students who are visually-impaired, hearing-impaired, mobility-impaired, and students with learning disabilities.

A Reader may be used for students who are visually-impaired or who have a severe reading disorder. Readers provided by ODS are staff members or graduate students who are trained to read examination material in such a manner that they do not influence the choice of answers by tone or inflection or other means.

A Scribe may be needed by students with visual-impairments, who are quadriplegic, or who have cerebral palsy or other fine motor coordination difficulties. Scribes are trained to type or write only what is being said by the student and not to embellish in any manner nor to distract the student being tested.

Tape recording lectures is an effective accommodation for students who are visually-impaired, mobility-impaired, or who have learning disabilities. If an instructor has a special concern about permitting the tape-recording of lectures (e.g. the confidential nature of class material), he/she should discuss these concerns with ODS.

Typing exams on a word-processor may be used for students with specific learning disabilities or students with fine motor coordination difficulties who are able to type but not write by hand.

Enlarged exams, test materials, or handouts may be needed by students with visual impairments. If an instructor needs assistance with providing enlarged material, he/she should contact ODS.

Select Seating in Class may be an effective accommodation for students with hearing impairments or attention deficit disorders who find sitting at the front of the class minimizes distractions or for students with physical or medical conditions who may need to be seated near exits.

No Scantron sheets for exams is a requested accommodation for students with visual impairments, dyslexia, or fine motor difficulties which interfere with the student's ability to correctly mark a Scantron sheet. In these instances, it is helpful if the student is allowed to circle answers directly on the exam sheet