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Possible Accommodations

Following are some examples of specific disability-related accommodations that students and faculty have used successfully.

Please be aware that this list is not intended to be prescriptive for all students. Each student has individual needs and we encourage you to work with the student to develop a workable accommodation plan.

Possible Accommodations
Disability Accommodation
Low Vision
  • Seating near front of the class
  • Large print handouts, lab signs, and equipment labels (minimum of 14 pt font, sans serif)
  • TV monitor connected to microscope to enlarge image
  • Class assignments made available in electronic format, provided ahead of time
  • Computer equipped to enlarge screen characters and images
  • Note-taker
  • Large print hard copies of overheads, provided ahead of time
  • Accommodated testing
  • Verbal descriptions of visual aids
  • Audio-taped, Brailled, or electronic-formatted lecture notes, handouts, and texts
  • Note-taker
  • Accommodated Testing
  • Verbal descriptions of visual aids
  • Raised-line drawings and tactile models of graphic materials
  • Braille lab signs and equipment labels, auditory lab warning signals
  • Adaptive lab equipment (e.g. talking thermometers, calculators, light probes, and tactile timers)
  • Computer with optical character reader, voice output, Braille screen display and printer output
Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Interpreter, FM system, notetaker, real-time captioning
  • Written assignments, lab instructions, demonstration summaries
  • Open or closed-captioned films, use of visual aids
  • Visual warning system for lab emergencies
  • Use of electronic mail for class and private discussions
Learning Disability
  • Notetaker and/or audio-taped class sessions
  • Extra exam time, alternative testing arrangements
  • Visual, aural, and tactile instructional demonstrations
  • Computer with voice output, spellchecker, and grammar checker
Mobility Impairment
  • Note-taker/lab assistant, group lab assignments
  • Classrooms, labs, and field trips in accessible locations
  • Adjustable lab and computer tables, lab equipment located within reach
  • Class assignments made available in electronic format
  • Computer equipped with special input device (e.g., voice-input, Morse code, alternative keyboard)
Health Impairment
  • Note-takers
  • Flexible attendance requirements and extra exam time
  • Assignments made available in electronic format, use of email to facilitate communication
Psychological Disorder
  • Extended time and distraction-reduced testing
  • Assistance with study, self- and time-management skills
  • Reduced course loads



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