What are the Types of Accommodations That Colleges and Universities Must Make for Students with Disabilities

Accommodations for students with disabilities may include testing accommodations like extended time, use of assistive technology, a different environment to take the test to minimize distractions, breaks during testing, use of a reader, use of computer software and/or spell check, and reduced emphasis on spelling and grammatical errors.

Classroom accommodations may including receiving copies of the instructor’s notes and presentation materials, use of a note taker, and permission to use an electronic device to record lecture materials.

Other accommodations may include removing physical/architectural barriers in the classroom and campus buildings, providing textbooks and course materials in alternate formats, using assistive technology, granting waivers, modifications, and/or substitutions for degree requirements (such accommodation need not be made if the institution can demonstrate that the changes requested would substantially alter essential elements of the course or program), and giving additional tutoring and one-on-one support.