Academic Accommodations

While there is no comprehensive "list" of accommodations, some of the more common ones are noted and explained below. Accommodations are based on the impact(s) of the disability, the essential elements of the program/activity, and an interactive process/discussion with the student.  Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.

For helpful hints on how to discuss the implementation of your accommodations with your instructor(s), please view the Faculty Common Classroom and Exam Accommodations.

 

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Students may need to utilize assistive technology in our DSS AT Lab as an exam accommodation.

Examples include:

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking -- voice-to-text software** (voice dictation)
  • Read & Write -- text-to-speech software** (text reader)
  • Zoomtext---magnification software**
  • NVDA -- screen reader software**
  • Noise Cancelling Headphones – minimize noise/distraction

** These software programs are also available campus-wide in the Student Computing Clusters

Absences due to the disability may occur unexpectedly.  In these cases, the student’s grade should not be negatively affected solely on the basis of an attendance or missed exam policy.  Knowledge of the material is expected, as of any student, but accommodating the disability to the extent possible in the course is the focus of the accommodation request.  In the event of excessive absences or a conflict between an attendance policy and this accommodation, faculty and DSS will consult.  The student is still responsible for the work and may need to coordinate with faculty on how to complete/make-up work missed.

In courses where attendance is “essential” to the nature of the teaching pedagogy and class dynamics, flexibility with absences may be considered unreasonable.

Students may record lectures as a means of notetaking for later use and/or review. This may be done via a laptop, iPad, Live Scribe pen, or specific recording ‘app’. Use of the recording is for the explicit use of accessing the material for that course by the student. Often, a written agreement to that effect may be used between the student and the instructor to clarify issues of copyright or misuse.

Students may use a word processor/computer to type in situations where written expression is affected. Oftentimes, proof reading features (i.e. spelling, grammar check) are part of this accommodation

 

No environment is free of distraction. This accommodation is meant to provide a testing environment that minimizes distractions from a larger classroom with other students. A distinction is made between a need for a separate room and one where other students may also be testing under similar conditions. Some accommodations, such as reading aloud or oral exams, require a separate space.

Typically, students may receive 50% or 100% additional time in order to accommodate processing speed, reading comprehension, cognitive fluency, working with another person (scribe/ reader) or use of assistive technology (such as voice recognition or text and screen reading software). Extended time is specific to in-class quizzes, exams, and papers. Online exams with timed elements are also included. 

 

As an example of universal design, notes may be made available to the entire class, providing access to everyone without need for “accommodation”.

Examples of how this might be done include:

  •  faculty posted notes, outlines, and materials online
  •  using Tegrity (classroom lecture capture system)
  •  use of a TA/GA to take notes
  •  community of learning where students share notetaking responsibility and create a shared pool of notes

In situations where a Notetaker is still necessary, DSS will utilize the class roster to solicit a peer notetaker (for hire or volunteer.)
Volunteer hours will be tracked, and a ‘certification of hours’ provided at the end of the semester to acknowledge the Community Service hours.

This accommodation is to allow the student proximal seating to the instructor, interpreter, or exit in order to mitigate issues related to the disability.

Students with disabilities may be eligible for priority registration. Determination is made on an individual basis relative to the impact of the disability and the impact on access/accommodation needs. If approved, a student is moved to the top of their registration group. 

Students who may require fewer credit hours (12-13 hrs.) due to the nature of the disability, are eligible for a 25% reduction to the block tuition rate. This courseload must be established prior to the 5th Friday each semester. Beyond that date, consideration as an accommodation may be given based on the circumstances.

For students who are Deaf/HoH, an effective means of accessing lectures is provided based on communication style and English language skills.

Students using interpreters/CART must notify DSS (603-862-2607; 711 TTY; 800-735-2965 Relay NH ) as soon as possible of needs.  Priority registration is provided to assist in early notification.  If a class is missed, at least 48 hours advance notice is expected.  A “no show” or notice less than 48 hours will be counted as a “miss,” save extenuating circumstances.  Three misses will result in suspension of services until the student meets with the DSS Director.

When a text format other than print is necessary – audio, e-text, large print, braille – students make such requests to DSS. There are many options that exist to obtain alternate formats through existing resources such as VitalSource, CafeScribe, Bookshare,  Amazon, Audible and LibriVox. DSS will assist and direct students in this independent process.

When necessary, DSS will work with publishers to obtain the text materials in an acessible digital format.  If the digital format is not available, DSS will need to cut and scan the student's book and create the digital materials in-house. In either case, the student is required to purchase a copy of the text and sign an Alternate Format Agreement.

Students may then use assistive technology (AT) tools to access these digital materials in the format that best meets their individual access needs. Training on AT equipment and software use is available at the DSS AT Lab.

Prior to the beginning of the semester, students should contact their professor to request a list of all required reading materials in order to begin the alternate format process.  Early identification of required materials and alternate format requests are important in order to ensure timely receipt of materials.