Accommodations for students with documented disabilities

Springfield College is committed to providing an equal educational opportunity and full participation in all College activities, programs, and services for students with documented disabilities. Springfield College fully supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all other pertinent federal, state, and local disability anti-discrimination laws.

Any currently enrolled Springfield College student with a documented disability may request academic accommodations.

Step One: Self-Identify

The process for requesting academic accommodations begins when students
voluntarily schedule an appointment, call, e-mail, send a letter, fax, or otherwise contact
the Academic Success Center Disability & Accessibility Services and identify that
they have a documented disability.

Step Two: Send Verification of Disability

Next, students seeking accommodations must send evidence of their accommodation
needs from the appropriate qualified professional to the Academic Success Center
Disability & Accessibility Services. Refer to the Disability Verification Guidelines on
the next page for specific information regarding your disability.

Step Three: Complete Authorization Forms

Students must then complete written authorization forms allowing the office to receive
information from the appropriate qualified professional and advocate on their behalf
regarding accommodation planning.

Step Four: Schedule an Intake Appointment

Next, students seeking accommodations are required to schedule an appointment with
one of the center's case managers to discuss verified documentation, arrange for
authorized accommodations, and review policies and procedures for receiving auxiliary
services.

Step Five: Voluntary Disability Notification to Faculty

Students with documented disabilities who have completed the disability
accommodation process and who are actively registered with the Academic Success
Center Disability & Accessibility Services may request that their instructors be
notified of authorized classroom accommodations. Confidential letters of
accommodation are then sent by a case manager. Students are required to meet
with their instructors to make arrangements for the accommodations identified in the
letter.

Step Six: Self-Advocate

Finally, self-advocacy is a crucial step in the entire disability accommodation process.
Students are required to assist and remain actively involved in the identification and
provision of appropriate and reasonable accommodations and services. Plan ahead and
contact us as early as possible.

Below are some examples of common accommodations that students could receive:

Services to Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Services and accommodations that may be appropriate for students with attention
deficit hyperactivity disorder include:

  • Testing accommodations
  • Audio recordings of lectures
  • Assistance with organizational skills
  • Assistance with time management and learning strategies
  • Assistive technology

Services to Students with Learning Disabilities

Services and accommodations that may be appropriate for students with learning
disabilities include:

  • Digitized text
  • Note takers
  • Audio recordings of lectures
  • Testing accommodations
  • Reduced course load
  • Assistance with time management and learning strategies
  • Assistance with organizational skills
  • Assistive technology

Services to Students with Visual Impairments

Services and accommodations that may be appropriate for students with visual
impairments include:

  • Audio and braille text
  • Readers
  • Mobility training
  • Audio recordings of lectures
  • Testing accommodations
  • Assistive technology

Services to Students who are Deaf or Partially Deaf

Services and accommodations that may be appropriate for students who are deaf or partially deaf include:

  • Sign language interpreters
  • Note takers
  • FM systems
  • Assistive technology

Services to Students with Mobility Impairments and Physical Disabilities

Services and accommodations that may be appropriate for students with mobility
impairments and physical disabilities include:

  • Accessible housing
  • Accessible classrooms
  • Note takers
  • Testing accommodations

Tutorial Services

Offering peer tutoring in math, science, writing, content courses, and more.

Disability and Accessibility Services

Offering academic accommodations and support services to students with disabilities

Academic Coaching

Offering individualized enhancement of time management and learning strategies.