Examples of Student Accommodations
- Academic Aids
- Alternative classroom and office arrangements
- Alternative Formats
- Assistive Technology
- Assistive Technology Center (ATC)
- Interpreter Services
- Note-taker Services
- Scheduling and Registration
- Test Accommodations
In certain instances, students may be permitted to use calculators, dictionaries, word processors, spell checkers, and/or grammar checkers for in-class and out-of-class work.
Alternative classroom and office arrangements
DSS works with the Registrar to accommodate students and student paraprofessionals with mobility or vision related disabilities who need accessible classrooms and offices. Accessibility in classrooms and offices includes: room entrance accessibility; accessible equipment and furniture; speaker systems; close to board seating, etc.
Accommodated students have the option of requesting course materials (textbooks, digital reading materials, exams, handouts, and other print material) in alternative formats. These include but are not limited to: electronic format (e-text), audio, Braille, and large print. These formats often work with literacy software and text-to-speech readers, audio format, and edited word document format for screen reader programs. Alternative materials also include captioned class videos or audio programs, enlarged materials such as books and tests, and color copied materials to aid in reading. Alternative formats are available ONLY if it is one of your accommodations.
Assistive technology is any tool that helps students with disabilities perform tasks more effectively, easily, or independently. The available technologies include and are not limited to Livescribe Pens, assistive listening devices, recording devices, computer software such as Kurzweil 3000, CCTVs, and screen magnification software. Assistive technology is provided as needed on a case-by-case basis. Course material can also be converted to alternate formats.
There are two Assistive Technology Centers located on campus. One is located within the Office of Disability Support Services Suite in Room 130 Alison Hall and the other is located on the first floor of Morris Library. Both are accessible to any student at the University of Delaware for technology assisted working or studying. The centers offer: Windows based computer workstations equipped with accessibility packages incorporating a magnifier, narrator, on-screen keyboard, high contrast and other assistive modification selections. The iMac computers have Voiceover and Zoom. Other assistive technologies available include Kurzweil 1000 and 3000, screen magnification software, JAWS, scanners and scanning software, large display computer monitors, Braille embosser, Optelec Clear View for print magnification; tape, large print, and Braille dictionaries. A more detailed list of technology offered at the Morris Library can be found at http://guides.lib.udel.edu/c.php?g=85328&p
Accommodations for dining and exceptions to the dining policies and requirements due to a disability are considered on a case by case basis. Students who have specific dietary needs are encouraged to contact the campus nutritionist who is able to work with the various dining facilities to tailor menus. See www.udel.edu/dining for more information.
Students with disabilities who need housing accommodations (such as a single room, air-conditioning, modified bathroom facilities, strobe light fire alarms, etc) must first register with the DSS. Following accommodation determination, the student’s accommodation need is communicated to Residence Life and Housing office. Space is limited in University Housing facilities, so early requests for housing accommodations are strongly encouraged and must be submitted by posted deadlines prior to room selection each year.
DSS offers ASL interpreting, CART (Captioning in Real Time) services, and captioned class materials for student who require these. At least one week notice is required for requests for these services.
Recording of Class Lectures and/or Copies of Peer Notes
Students may be permitted to record class lectures and/or may request a copy of peer notes, if determined as reasonable and appropriate accommodations. The process for requesting note-takers begins when students complete a request for accommodations via the DSS Online Student Services, and selecting “note-taker” as an accommodation for classes as needed. Subsequently, the Center will contact faculty members asking them to make a class announcement to recruit a note-taker. Interested individuals will contact the CEA office directly (not contact the professor) by signing up online via the DSS Online Services Note-taker application. The student with a disability is responsible to log into DSS Online Services to check for uploaded notes, and to maintain contact with DSS regarding note-taker status.
Scheduling and Registration
The Director of the DSS works with the Registrar on behalf of students who need accessible classroom and/or ample travel time between classes, as well as students who may need priority in class registration.
DSS offers documented students the option of requesting alternative testing arrangements as a reasonable accommodation. These arrangements include reduced distraction testing environments, extended time on tests, tests in alternate locations, scribes, test readers/reading software, tests on computer, test enlargement, varied lighting, allowance of food or drink during testing, and other alternatives as appropriate. Professors have the option to provide test accommodations, however the DSS office maintains a Test Accommodation Center within its suite that can ensure that the student’s testing accommodations are provided.
In an effort to provide different transportation services to those students requiring long- or short-term assistance moving around campus, Transportation Services provides campus or area transportation to those approved by the Office of Disability Support Services or Student Health Services.
This service is provided during the same hours of operation and cover the same geographic area as the UD Shuttle, which varies by the day of the week. (See UD Transportation for shuttle service hours and routes.) All requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance of need. Students approved for transport should call Medical Transportation at 302-831-1182 (6:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday – Friday) to arrange for service.
Students approved for transportation assistance through either the Office of Disability Support Services or Student Health Services will receive door-to-door service within the service area on a one-time or recurring basis. If wheelchair assistance is needed, a vehicle with the proper lift will be used.
These changes will be implemented beginning with service on Oct. 1, 2012.
The University of Delaware offers reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities on an individualized basis. Please note that accommodations are afforded to students based on specific need and supporting documentation. Further, these examples are not an exhaustive listing of all possible reasonable accommodations that may be implemented at the University. If you have any questions, you may contact Disability Support Services at 302-831-4643 located in Alison Hall, Suite 130. (8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday).