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Developing an Accommodation Plan

Developing an Accommodation Plan

If a student qualifies for disability services, an individualized accommodation plan is developed to address documented needs.  This plan can be developed to address academic and/or nonacademic needs.  The student is responsible for getting this plan to the appropriate individual(s).  Examples of accommodations and the guidelines for accessing certain services are outlined below.

Test Taking Accommodations:  Students with disabilities may qualify for one or more of the following services.

  • Extended time on exams
  • Oral exams
  • Reader services
  • Scribe Services
  • Use of a computer with spell check and/or grammar check programs for essay exams
  • Use of calculators, scratch paper with lines, additional "blue books" and/or speller's dictionaries on exams
  • Question clarification (by faculty or proctor)
  • Modification of test response format
  • Taking the test in a separate location
  • Student elaboration on multiple choice exams (hand scored)

The SASC maintains testing areas in which students can work in a quiet and well lit environment. Test pick up/ drop off procedures can be arranged to suit individual faculty and student preferences, within certain limits.  

Notetakers:  If students qualify for this service, they need to contact the SASC and complete an Accommodation Request Form.  Students should remember:

  • Notetakers will only provide notes for the class. You are expected to meet attendance policies for the class and be an active participant in the class.
  • Notetakers will be identified and hired on the basis of a recommendation from the instructor. In some cases you may be asked to recommend a student to provide this service.
  • Notes are available at SASC on the day the notes were taken, or no later than 24 hours from the time of the last class period.
  • Students should notify SASC if they have any concerns about the quality and timeliness of notes.

Modified Instructional Format:  The DSO will assist students with accessing modified instructional formats.  This can include audible texts, enlarged print material and even Braille.  Text to voice and voice to text software can be accessed by qualifying students from the SASC.  It is important for students who need this type of service to remember:

  • Students are responsible for purchasing their own texts, even if they are to be modified.
  • Requests should be made in a timely manner, as it often takes time to access these modifications.  This is especially true if Braille text is needed. 
  • Students are taught how to access these modifications.  It is the student’s responsibility to follow through on the process.

Sensory and Mobility Issues:  Students who are deaf or hard of hearing may need access to modified instructional formats (mentioned above), specialized classroom amplification and/or sign language interpreters.  As with Braille, requests for such services should be made as soon as possible as time requirements may be significant. 

Students with mobility challenges will need to contact the DSO in a timely manner as well as issues like housing requests may require building modifications.  Other services can include priority registration to ensure that classes are accessible as well as other services previously outlined. 

Other Services:  The Luther College Student Academic Support Center provides a variety of support services for all students.  This includes:

  • Tutorial Services
  • Writing Labs
  • Academic Counselors

Students with disabilities are encouraged to take advantage of these services as well.

 Here is a sample accommodation letter