Support services provided by the Office of Disability Services includes: orientation and registration, intake and assessment, notetaking, test administration with accommodations, Reader Services, computer and technology demonstrations for all students, physical adaptations inside and outside of the classroom, guidance and counseling, priority registration, and Interpreter Services.
Students are required to request their accommodations every semester. Ideally, the student will need to meet with a Disability Services Counselor prior to the start of the semester.
Students will be issued an accommodation card that they need to show to their instructors. The accommodation card can be picked up in Disability Services office. Students enrolling in an online or long distance class may request Disability Services to send an accommodation letter to their instructors.
The following are the procedures that must be followed to ensure you are receiving your accommodations in a timely manner:
- Request accommodations in a timely manner and follow up to ensure that you receive the accommodations you are eligible for.
- Accommodations must be requested every semester.
- Student may be eligible for one or more of the following accommodations.
- Accommodations not listed below may be requested during an intake process with a Disability Services counselor.
Request priority registration during an intake process with a Disability Services counselor. Graduate students and graduating seniors are not eligible for priority registration
- Priority registration is always open for 5 working days before senior students and graduate students can register for classes. i.e. If the graduate students and senior students can start to register for classes on November 5, students eligible for priority registration can register for classes on October 29 to November 2.
- All holds and advisor hold must be removed before a student can register for classes.
- Request technology accommodation during an intake process with a Disability Services counselor.
- Meet with DS Assistive Technology Specialist to discuss accommodation and for training session(s).
- Devices loaned out from Disability Services must be returned at the end of the semester.
- Make exams with specific instructions (i.e. open book/notes, calculators or scantrons) available to DS in a timely manner.
- Accommodate students who require extended time for quizzes and exams in the classroom.
- Provide a contact number and e-mail address to DS.
- Routinely check email and voice mail for DS messages.
- Keep DS updated regarding course requirements relative to students accommodation needs.
Disability Services recruits “Ghostwriter” or a volunteer note-taker who takes notes in their classes, and are willing to share a copy of their notes with a student with a disability.
- Request notetaking accommodation during an intake process with a Disability Services counselor.
- Pick up notes once a week.
- Contact Note taking Coordinator if notes are not received.
- Disability Services may contact faculty to assist in locating quality note-takers. Please encourage students to volunteer.
- Drop notes off at Disability Services or email notes to Note taking coordinator. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Students who qualify for testing accommodations may take their exams in Disability Services or with their faculty with approved accommodations.
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- Request testing accommodation during an intake process with a Disability Services counselor
- Schedule your exam in writing either online or at the office. Exams must be scheduled at least 3-5 weekdays prior to the faculty members scheduled test date.
- Midterms, finals and exams in on-line classes must be scheduled in DS at the beginning of each semester.
- Come to Disability Services on the scheduled day and time to take your exam.
- Request physical accommodation during an intake process with a Disability Services counselor.
- Students requesting A-State Disability Parking sticker will need to follow this procedure >>