College Disability Services-Learn These Terms..

College terms you should understand as your college life approaches!

Academic Accommodations:
Changes in the delivery of course material and/or in the assessment of knowledge that assist students in meeting the standards of the course. Students are eligible for the accommodations based on the documentation of their disability. A few examples of accommodations include notetakers, recorded textbooks, extended test time, sign language interpreter, and the use of assistive technology during class and exams.

Assistive or Adaptive Technology:
Equipment that promotes capability in handling a wider range of activities with greater independence for students with disabilities. Examples would be large print displays on computer screens for a student with a visual impairment; computer voice output for a student with a reading disability and variations of the standard keyboard for a student with a mobility impairment.

DisAbility Support Services (DDS):
College support and advocacy services for students with disabilities. This service may go by various names depending on the individual college (such as DisAbled Student Services, Educational Access or Special Needs). To receive these services, a person with a disability must place a request with the DSS office and provide documentation regarding the disability.

Relative to a student with a disability requesting services at a college, this is a written assessment from a professional with expertise in that particular field of disability. This documentation is required in order to determine the student's eligibility for services and the specific services that are needed. Since there is some variance among colleges as to the documentation required to receive services, students are encouraged to inquire at all colleges of interest.

Equal Access:
Providing to students with disabilities who are "otherwise qualified" the same educational opportunities and full participation in programs and activities as provided to all other students.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA):
A federal law outlining the responsibilities of public schools (K-12) in regards to providing an appropriate education to students with disabilities.

Reasonable Modification:
A change in the academic requirement of a program. The change cannot alter what is considered the essential or necessary content of what is being taught.