Before starting the New Student Checklist, as a student with disabilities you should be aware there are certain services that maybe be available to you. Please review your options listed below before proceeding through the New Student Checklist. We recommend that you either bookmark or favorite this resources page, so you can return to it once you are finished with the full checklist.
A student with a disability is eligible to receive reasonable accommodations if the documented disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities. Major life activities include: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
For students needing assistance from in-class note takers, a Note Taker Request Form must be submitted for each class. In order for the note taker to get paid, they must come into the DRS office at the beginning of the semester to fill out a W-9 form. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that the note taker is aware of the process.
For students who are allowed a Private Testing Room, it is the student's responsibility to make arrangements for special testing accommodations by going to Disability Resources and Services and completing a Test Accommodation Request Form. This form must be submitted at least two (2) business days prior to the test date.
If alternative textbooks and materials are needed by the student, it is the responsibility of the student to register early and to provide DRS with a copy of the receipt from the bookstore. The student must also bring in the textbooks to our office so that we may make a photocopy of important pages.
Alternatively, students can contact RFB&D (Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic) to become a member. RFB&D, a national nonprofit, volunteer organization, is the leading accessible audiobook library for students with disabilities, such as visual impairment or dyslexia. Their website is www.rfbd.org.
If Brailled textbooks are needed by the student, it is the responsibility of the student to register at least 45-60 days prior to the start of classes, and to provide DRS with the class schedule and, if possible, a course syllabus from the instructor.
If a sign language interpreter is required, it is the student's responsibility to register early and to request interpreters through DRS to facilitate the coordination of available qualified interpreters with the student's schedule. The student is required to fill out an Interpreter Request Form for each class.
An Instructor Notification Form will be issued to the student once reasonable accommodations are determined.
It is the responsibility of the student to obtain the Instructor Notification Form from a DRS Program Advisor to take to your instructor for their required signature. It is also the responsibility of the student to identify him/herself to their instructor that he/she has a disability and to discuss necessary accommodations. The form will help the student and the instructor discuss methods that will make the course fully accessible for the student's learning style. Asking for test accommodations one day or less from the exam is not reasonable notification by the student to the instructor.
If you haven't already done so, please schedule an appointment with your DRS Program Advisor to complete your Instructor Notification Forms prior to the start of classes.
IMPORTANT: The Instructor Notification Form MUST be completed each semester for each of your classes.
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