What are accommodations?

Accommodations are adaptations and changes made to elements of a student's postsecondary program that help to compensate for the student's impairment(s) and provide equal access to students with disabilities. Here are the basics:

  • Any student with a documented disability may be eligible to receive accommodations and services from Student Disability Services
  • The purpose of accommodations are to reduce or eliminate barriers to equal access 
  • Accommodations are not a guarantee for success, but rather seek to promote non-discrimination and equal access opportunities
  • Accommodations are not student preferences; they are determined through an established review process based on documentation received regarding the student's disability
  • The law does not require institutions to waive specific courses or academic requirements considered essential to a particular program or degree. Rather, they are mandated to modify existing requirements on a case-by-case basis in order to ensure that individuals are not discriminated against on the basis of their disability

A student who has a temporary illness (e.g. cold or flu), or is recovering from surgery not based on a long-term condition would not be considered to have a disability.