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PART 10. Potential Accommodations Colleges May Offer

While every college is required to provide some basic disability accommodations, the depth and breadth of what is offered varies widely.

Be sure you understand the procedures for how to access each type of accommodation you are given. For example, for flexible attendance, are you required to notify a professor within how many hours or days of the class missed that you needed to use your flexible attendance accommodation? To receive an air conditioning unit in your dorm room, how does that unit get ordered by which department and do you need to follow up? 

These are possible accommodations you can ask about, understanding that they may not all be available at your university:

  • Testing accommodations providing a separate quiet testing location, extended time and/or scribing or using a computer to take the exam.

  • Single dorm room without a roommate. The single room may be in a suite that shares a bathroom. Note that a single dorm room usually costs significantly more than a shared double.

  • Air conditioning unit for your dorm room if the dorm is not air conditioned.

  • Access to professor or teacher’s PowerPoints or notes.

  • Does the college have any lectures videotaped for viewing later? This can be helpful for students who benefit from watching lectures additional times or certain segments on concepts they are struggling with. If not, ask if you can audio record the class.

  • Accessing textbooks as e-books or using assistive technology such as listening to an audio version of your textbook spoken out loud. The college disability office may provide advice on different software, apps or tools for different needs such as auditory processing issues.

  • Ability to drink water during class, or food if there isn’t a sufficient break between classes for lunch.

  • Transportation service for those with disabilities in addition to regular college shuttle, sometimes available within a certain amount of time and/or by setting up a schedule.

  • Access to a disabilities officer or counselor to meet with regularly for advice on adapting to college and being successful academically and socially.

  • Social or support group for people with autism which may have a facilitator to focus on social and academic skills.

  • Priority registration giving you earlier time slot to register to provide best opportunity possibility to get the courses you need and want to take. You will also want to think through the best time slots for your needs.

  • If there is a P.E. requirement and that poses challenges for you, ask if they offer an exemption or a “no sweat” course replacement option. You may need a doctor’s note for this.

  • Many colleges offer academic support including free peer tutoring and study groups, in addition to professor/teacher office hours, T.A. (teacher assistants who are usually graduate students) study sessions, and practice exams.

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