Disability and Accessibility Support Services are in place to help students that struggle by giving them reasonable accommodations to level the playing field and lead to success. The goal is 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 allow them to access the curriculum with supports in place so that they can be successful. Accommodations may not fundamentally alter the nature of the course.
Who qualifies for accommodations?
Students with a documented disability that severely affects their learning. Some examples are, but not limited to, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, Physical disabilities, Deaf/hearing Impaired and Blind/visually Impaired.
What documents does the student need to provide to Disability Services?
- Students need to provide documentation from a Doctor, Therapist, Nurse Practioner or Physician’s Assistant.
- Next, student will bring the medical information to the DASS office. Once there, they will fill out an Intake form as well as the FERPA forms.
- Then we sit and discuss options of what might help the student succeed in the classroom.
- Once the decision has been made, letters are completed and emailed out.
What are the 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?
At UM Flint, some of the most common accommodations are: reduced distraction area for exams, time plus 50% on exams and note takers/recorded lectures.
What does flexible attendance mean?
Some students come to us with 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 your 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 assignment deadline posted 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 the Disability and Accessibility office. The alternate text simply allows the student to have the book read aloud or larger font to name a few things that will help the student be successful.