The law requires colleges and universities to make reasonable accommodations for all students with documented disabilities, without compromising the integrity of the academic standard or degree. The Director of the Office of Disability Services will determine the appropriate accommodation based on documentation and the degree of limitation of the individual with a disability. Students self-identify for services with the Office of Disability Services and voluntarily provide faculty and service providers with a letter from the Office of Disability Services. Examples of reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to: extended time for testing, interpreters, note-taking assistance, use of tape recorders, use of colored overlays, large tables and seating space, small-group or individual test environments, accessible housing, accessible parking, readers for exams, books on tape, alternate forms, etc.
The most appropriate accommodations are unique to the individual student and most often stem from a collaborative relationship among the Office of Disability Services, the student, and the instructor/service provider. There is no substitute for effective communication between the instructor and the learner. The key to effective communication of accommodation needs is to register early with the Office of Disability Services and for instructors to include a disability statement in their syllabi. According to the PVAMU Faculty Handbook, during the first week of a class, faculty are to inform students of their responsibility to self-report any disabilities that they believe require accommodation in order for them to participate in and benefit from instruction. It is the responsibility of the student to provide the instructor with documentation showing that they have registered with Disability Services and requested accommodations.
What accommodations are not covered?
The purpose of an accommodation is level the playing field and allows students with a disability to have equal access to an education and to achieve at his highest potential. The Office of Disability Services does not provide the following:
- Personal assistants for services such as dressing, eating, bathing, or personal devices such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or glasses.
- Accommodations that lower or change the course mastery requirements.
- Accommodations that would compromise the integrity of the program or degree.
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