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Academic Accommodations

38186843_sAs part of providing reasonable accommodations, a postsecondary school must provide needed and reasonable academic adjustments. The appropriate academic adjustment must be determined based on your disability and individual needs. Academic adjustments may include auxiliary aids and modifications to academic requirements as are necessary to ensure equal educational opportunity.




  • arranging for priority registration
  • reducing a course load
  • substituting one course for another
  • providing: note takers, recording devices, or sign language interpreters
  • offering extended time for testing
  • if telephones are provided in dorm rooms, a TTY in your dorm room
  • equipping school computers with screen-reading, voice recognition or other adaptive software or hardware



In providing an academic adjustment, your postsecondary school is not required to lower essential requirements. For example, although your school may be required to provide extended testing time, it is not required to change the substantive content of the test.

In addition, your postsecondary school does not have to make modifications that would fundamentally alter the nature of a service, program or activity or would result in financial or administrative burdens.

 Your postsecondary school does not have to provide personal attendants, individually prescribed devices, readers for personal use or study, or other devices or services of a personal nature, such as tutoring and typing. 

 You must inform the school that you have a disability and need an academic adjustment. Unlike your school district, your postsecondary school is not required to identify you as having a disability or assess your needs.

Most schools have published procedures about the process to follow. You might need to ask a school official for a copy. 


For more information: U.S. Department of Education

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