Accommodations are changes to the design of environments, and auxiliary aids and services that allow individuals with disabilities to access facilities and fully participate in programs at school or work. To determine what accommodations might be appropriate and effective in a class or other educational setting, the student, faculty and Disability Resource Center staff often work together to identify barriers in the environment. The information included here gives you some ideas, but is not meant to be exhaustive, since accommodations are applied on an individualized basis.*
General Information on Accommodations
Adjustments made to policies and practices that maintain program standards and requirements. Services that enable full participation in programs.
Exam Accommodations, such as extended test time, distraction-reduced testing space, electronic materials.
Sign Language Interpreting Services
CART (Real-time Captioning)
First row, or Close-up Seating
Residence Hall Accommodations
Dining Options for Food Allergies
Hardware and software that make environments accessible and help students to do their work.
Find access technologies through your State Assistive Technology Project
Learn about access or assistive technology from the DO-IT Center
Assistive Technology for Computers & Printed Material curated by Kenneth S. Pope, Ph.D., ABPP. A nice review of a wide range of products that might be helpful. Several free products.
Design of, and modifications to the built environment.
Wheelchair-Accessible Paths of Travel on Campus with Signage
Step-free Entrances to Buildings
Power Doors or Power-Assist Doors (local design codes sometimes have an impact on the availability of these)
Signs with Braille and Raised Symbols
Visual Fire Alarms and Alerting Devices
Accessible Lab and Classroom Furniture
Accessible College or University Websites designed to enable large print, text-to-speech, contrast, captioning, etc. College communications and publications available in accessible formats
Accessible Textbooks - Resources for students and Disability Services offices:
The Law and Accessible Texts: Reconciling Civil Rights and Copyrights - a White Paper from the Association of Research Libraries and the University of Virginia
"analyzes how institutions of higher education can meet their mission of providing all students with equitable access to information within the current legal framework."
* The information on this page is for illustrative purposes only. NCCSD and AHEAD do not recommend any accommodation, nor should this be understood as legal advice. Students and families are encouraged to work with college personnel to address their needs.