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:
existing facilities readily accessible to, and usable by, persons
time lines for program completion
or modification of equipment or devices
adjustments or modification of examinations or policies
of qualified readers, note takers, and/or sign language interpreters
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.