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Accommodations

Based on documentation, students may be entitled to certain accommodations in academic settings such as classroom and lab, in testing, or in general campus access.  Students participating in off-campus programs may also be entitled to accommodations in order to participate in those programs. The disAbled Student Support Services office is responsible for identifying appropriate accommodations and working with faculty/staff to assure that accommodations are arranged. 

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POSSIBLE ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS
    • audio record lectures
    • preferential seating
    • clear view for lipreading
    • help finding notetakers
    • sign language interpreters in class
    • closed captioned videos
    • large print handouts and materials
    • Brailled handouts and materials
    • oral description of visual aids
    • lab assistance
    • accessible desk
    • accessible chair
    • disability related absences
    • disability related extensions
    • laptop computer for notetaking
    • adaptive technology in class
    • assistive listening device
    Alternate Format Textbooks
    Course Materials in Alternate Format
    Audio Record/notetaking
    Special Furniture
    Sign Language Interpreting
    Physical Assistance
    Attendance
    Special Equipment
    Other accommodations 

    A. Alternate Format Textbooks

      Requests to provide text in alternate formats (audio, digital, Braille, etc.) have increased significantly in the last few years as technology has made alternate format text a more readily achievable solution for students with print disabilities. Student Disability Services will make every effort to provide text in alternate format in a timely manner, but advance notice is absolutely essential.
      Alternate Text Policies
       


    B. Course Materials in Alternate Format
      Any printed materials other than textbooks required for course work (tests, handouts, reserve materials, syllabus, etc.) will be produced in alternate format by the Student Disability Support Services office. The materials must be supplied to the Student Disability Services office in a readable condition. Materials will be produced according to the following time frames:
      Please provide advance notice as items can take time to be converted to the alternate format.

    C. Audio recording/notetaking

      Students who are approved for use of an audio recorder or notetaker for class notes are encouraged to use an audio recorder because of the absolute accuracy of the information. The student is responsible for providing his/her own tape recorder and tapes. Some tape recorders are available for temporary checkout through the SDS office.

      See Section _____: Suggestions for Students for information on efficient and effective use of an audio recorder for class notes.

      Students who utilize notetakers should be aware of the following provisions and limitations:

        1. notetakers are not arranged or employed through SDS. The student should work with the faculty to identify at least two students in the class who would be willing to share their notes. Having two notetakers allows for comparison of notes and assures at least one set of notes if a notetaker is absent. The student should be aware that the accuracy of the written notes cannot be guaranteed.
        2. the SDS office will provide carbon copy notetaking paper, so there will be a copy for the notetaker and a copy for the student. The SDS office does not have personnel or facilities for transcribing notes.
        3. Notetaking as an accommodation is intended to provide or supplement what you would do for yourself. You are not entitled to notes as an accommodation when you are absent from class.
         


      D. Special Furniture
        The SDS office will arrange for certain types of special furniture to be placed in the appropriate classrooms at the beginning of the semester. The following types of furniture are available: separate desk and chair sets, wheelchair-accessible desk/table for notetaking, adjustable-height chair (for working at computer stations, lab stations, etc.)


      E. Sign Language Interpreting
        Interpreters are contracted each semester for the specific courses in which deaf students are registered. It is imperative that students who need interpreters schedule their classes during EARLY REGISTRATION to allow time to locate and contract interpreters. Every effort will be made to utilize interpreters who are state-certified. Interpreters may also be arranged for out-of-class activities (labs, group meetings, special events, etc.) with sufficient notice (usually five days). 


      F. Physical assistance
        KSU and the SDS office do not provide or assist with arranging personal care attendants. The institution will provide physical assistance for those activities that are class-related (labs, library research, registration, etc.) with advance notice. In addition, KSU does not provide personal medical devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, etc.


      G. Attendance
        From time to time, a student’s disability may cause the student to miss a class meeting. The student should inform the professor prior to the absence so the SDS office can assist with arranging for the class to be audio recorded in the student’s absence so that important information will not be missed. Occasionally, faculty may need to adjust attendance policies or assign a grade of “I” for a student with a disability if the disability interferes significantly with class attendance. Faculty are encouraged to be as flexible as possible within the limitations of the requirements of mastering the course material.


      H. Special Equipment
        The following special equipment may be borrowed from the Student Development Center for use in classes on a semester-by-semester basis. The student must sign an “Equipment Checkout” form indicating the equipment borrowed, the date borrowed, and the date due back. When the equipment is returned, the student receives a copy of the form indicating that the equipment was returned in good order. If equipment is not returned by the date indicated, the student’s registration and academic records will be placed on hold until the equipment is returned or its value reimbursed.
        1. Wireless FM Audio Enhancement System
         
        2. TDD (telephone device for the deaf)
        3. Hand-held magnifier
        4. Digital audio recorder
         


      I. Other accommodations 
        From time to time, other special arrangements or accommodations may be needed because of the nature of a particular class or because of a student’s particular needs. The SDS office can assist with arranging other accommodations and negotiating between faculty and student, if so requested.

       

      POSSIBLE GENERAL ACCOMMODATIONS
      • wheelchair access
      • handicap parking
      • van accessible parking
      • classroom changes
      • audio books
      • orientation/mobility
      • referral for tutoring
      • referral for counseling
      • adaptive technology
      • adapted physical education
      • adapted foreign language
      • reduced course load