Steps to Obtaining Accommodations in College
It can take time to put accommodations, modifications, and assistive technology into place in college, and as a student, it is your responsibility to provide necessary documentation in a timely manner.
Obtaining accommodations in college is different than in high school in these ways:
- It is your responsibility to obtain and maintain accommodations.
- You will have to reapply for accommodations for every year.
- You will have to submit accommodation requests for each exam to your school’s accessibility office in order to schedule extra space, time, a text reader, etc.
- Students will have to check in with their accessibility office/counselor to maintain accommodations.
- Students should discuss all accommodations with their accessibility counselor and service providers (such as vocational rehabilitation counselor or Medicaid service provider [ACCES-VR, OPWDD]), if relevant.
How to Apply For Reasonable Accommodations
- Student decides what to disclose and what accommodations to request.
- Student provides application and documentation to accessibility office.
- Student self-identifies to staff and professors.
- Student meets with accessibility counselor.
- Student applies for accommodations 1-2 weeks before accommodations are needed.
- Repeat as needed.