Steps to Obtaining Accommodations in College

It can take time to put accommodations, modifications, and assistive technology into place in college, and as a student, it is your responsibility to provide necessary documentation in a timely manner.

Obtaining accommodations in college is different than in high school in these ways:

  • It is your responsibility to obtain and maintain accommodations.
  • You will have to reapply for accommodations for every year.
  • You will have to submit accommodation requests for each exam to your school’s accessibility office in order to schedule extra space, time, a text reader, etc.
  • Students will have to check in with their accessibility office/counselor to maintain accommodations.
  • Students should discuss all accommodations with their accessibility counselor and service providers (such as vocational rehabilitation counselor or Medicaid service provider [ACCES-VR, OPWDD]), if relevant.

How to Apply For Reasonable Accommodations

  1. Student decides what to disclose and what accommodations to request.
  2. Student provides application and documentation to accessibility office.
  3. Student self-identifies to staff and professors.
  4. Student meets with accessibility counselor.
  5. Student applies for accommodations 1-2 weeks before accommodations are needed.
  6. Repeat as needed.
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