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Transition Handbook

Inform Students of Office Location and Procedures
for Requesting Accommodations

Most colleges and universities list in their catalog the location of the office that is designated to serve students with disabilities. This information may also be found listed on web sites, in promotional material and on class syllabi. In the event that a student has difficulty accessing this information, they should call information at the university and request to speak with whomever is in charge of the program.

  1. You will need to register with their disability support officer or whoever is responsible for arranging disability accommodations.

    • Make an appointment to meet with this person.
    • Provide documentation of your disability. Make certain it is a recent or adult evaluation, which includes information related to the current functional impact of the disability. This is especially necessary for disabilities that are not clearly visible or that can change over time.
    • Help decide what accommodations are appropriate (notetaker, books on tape, interpreter, assistive listening devices, etc.)
    • Self-Identify. After registering with the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities, at most institutions you will also need to identify yourself to your instructor as a person with a disability in order for them to associate you with the request for accommodations that they have received. This can be done privately during faculty office hours or before or after class.

  2. Meet with an Academic Advisor to decide what classes you need to take.

    • Register as early as possible. This is especially true if you need books on tape or interpreters.
    • When planning your schedule make certain you will be able to get to class on time in the mornings if you receive attendant services.
    • Provide yourself with enough time to get from class to class through out the day.
    • Plan for breaks if there are disability related issues that will need to be handled during your school day.
    • Look at other scheduling issues: class sizes (large vrs. small), length of class time, days of the week, times of the day, total number of credit hours (full-time vrs. part-time) and the amount of reading involved.

  3. Find your classes and make sure they are accessible to you.

    • Go inside each classroom and see if it has the things you will need (special tables, wheelchair access, etc.)
    • If there is a problem with any classroom go to the disability support office and report the problem.

  4. Obtain accessible text and materials for class.

    • If you know you are going to need your books and materials in an alternate format request this as early as possible with the disability support office. Many need to be ordered and this will help ensure that you will have your materials when you need them.
    • Make sure you request the other services you may need for the class (notetakers, interpreter, oral exams, etc.)

  5. If problems arise.

    • If you have trouble with a course, teacher, or accommodation you should go immediately to the disability support office to report it and to request assistance in getting the problem resolved.
    • Learn about all the services that are on your campus that might be able to provide you with assistance (writing lab, computer lab, tutoring services, counseling center, etc.).