A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a service, program, course, activity, job, or facility that reduces or eliminates barriers that students with disabilities may encounter.
Determining what accommodations are appropriate and necessary for a particular student is a collaborative process that generally happens during the informational interview. At this time, an "accommodation plan" is crafted which lists those accommodations that are recommended for the student.
Reasonable accommodations are determined by examining:
1. The barriers resulting from the student’s involvement with the campus environment (courses, programs, services, etc.);
2. The possible accommodation(s) that may eliminate the barrier;
3. Whether or not the student has access to a service, program, course, activity, job or facility without the accommodation(s); and
4. Whether or not the essential elements of a service, program, course, activity, job or facility are compromised with the accommodation.
Occasionally, or in new, complex, or sensitive circumstances, it may be necessary for DSS staff to consult with other appropriate college personnel regarding accommodations.
The following information is about some of the most frequently used accommodations, as well as applicable policies and procedures associated with the implementation of the accommodation(s):