Reasonable accommodation is an individual matter determined in consultation between the student, and the TLC staff. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap against persons in programs or activities benefiting from federal assistance. In a post-secondary setting, federal regulations mandate "reasonable accommodations" for students with disabilities.
In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended in 2008, and the guidelines set by the Association on Higher Education and Disabilities, the process for determining appropriate accommodations depends on the needs of the student with a disability. Additionally, every student’s situation is different and therefore the lack of documentation will not prevent a student from meeting with the TLC.
Determining appropriate accommodations is not meant to be an obstacle course for the student with a disability; rather, it is intended to support the student with a disability without jeopardizing the integrity of course requirements.
The type of documentation required will be determined by the director of the TLC and based on each individual student needs. Eligibility for reasonable accommodations may be determined through an interview, observation of such disability, and/or documentation from a qualified professional.
Documentation may be required in order to determine appropriate accommodations. Essential elements for documentation include: completed by a professional, disability diagnosis stated within the documentation, and how the disability is altering such that an accommodation is needed.
Reasonable accommodation is an individual matter determined in consultation between the student and TLC staff. Such accommodations may include but are not limited to:
- audio textbooks
- oral testing
- individual testing
- extended time/alternative assignments
- note takers
- technology lab
Additional assistance may include:
- individualized assistance with an academic coach
- peer tutoring
- off-campus counsel referrals
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