Disability and Accessibility Support Services provides reasonable accommodations to level the playing field for struggling students and establishes a pathway that leads to success. The strive to graduate students that will become contributing members of society.
What is an accommodation?
An accommodation is a way to level the playing field for students with disabilities. Accommodations afford access to the curriculum with supports so that students may be successful. Such accommodations may not fundamentally alter the nature of the course.
Who qualifies for accommodations?
Students with a documented disability that severely affects their learning may qualify for accommodations. Some examples are, but not limited to, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, Physical Disabilities, Deaf/Hearing Impaired and Blind/Iisually Impaired.
What documents does the student need to provide DASS?
- Student will need to provide documentation from a Doctor, Therapist, Nurse Practitioner or Physician’s Assistant.
- The student will bring the medical information to the DASS office. An Intake form as well as the FERPA forms are completed at the DASS office.
- Options for what might help the student succeed in the classroom are immediately discussed once medical information is receieved and forms are completed.
- Letters are crafted and emailed to students once decisions are made and options selected.
What responsibilities for higher education for students with disabilities?
"All public or private schools that receive federal funding are required under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to make their programs accessible to students with disabilities"
"The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prevents discrimination in all areas of public life including.... schools.
What are some of the most common accommodations?
Some of the most common accommodations at UM-Flint are reduced distraction area for exams, time plus 50% on exams and note takers/recorded lectures.
What does flexible attendance mean?
Some students have chronic illnesses such as Lupus, Chrohn's Disease, and diabetes to name a few. Some days these students are ill and unable to attend class, and this may lead to going over the allotted absences in the syllabus. It is encouraged for the student to speak with the Professor about their disorder, and come up with a plan that is mutually agreeable to all parties.
What does flexible assignment deadlines mean?
Some students may need an extra 24/48 hours past the posted assignment deadline to complete and submit work. Again, this is something that may need to be discussed between the Professor and student.
What is alternate book format and who is responsible for this?
Alternate text book format is taken care of through DASS. The alternate text simply allows the student to have the book read aloud or made available in larger font to name a few things that will help the student be successful.