Student Life and Student Services

Center for Access and Assistive Technology
(formerly Disability Resource Center)

Reasonable Accommodation

The American with Disabilities Act requires an institution of higher education to provide reasonable accommodations to a qualified individual with a documented disability, provided that accommodation does not create an undue hardship. An undue hardship refers to any accommodation that would be unduly costly, expensive, substantially disruptive, or that would fundamentally alter the nature of the program.

Reasonable accommodation is provision of an auxiliary aid, or modification to the course or program that will allow access to the educational program, material, activity, or degree. Some examples of reasonable accommodations include:

  • Making existing facilities readily accessible to, and usable by, persons with disabilities
  • Flexible time lines for program completion
  • Acquisition or modification of equipment or devices
  • Appropriate adjustments or modification of examinations or policies
  • Provision of qualified readers, note takers, and/or sign language interpreters
  • Provision of alternate print formats
To best facilitate services, students should inform the Center for Access and Assistive Technology at least three weeks before the start of the semester of his/her need for accommodation. Students requiring special adaptive computer software or equipment should contact the center at least six weeks before the semester begins.

The Center for Access and Assistive Technology works on a case-by-case basis in the funding and provisions for reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.

* Personal care attendants are not considered a reasonable accommodation.