Every disability uniquely impacts learning, so accommodations are tailored to each individual.
Academic accommodations ensure you have equal access to course materials in a format that makes the most sense for you. Appropriate accommodations vary for each student, but possible accommodations may include:
- Alternative Communication
- There are a variety of communication styles available for students with low vision, hearing loss or multiple disabilities. Alternative communication includes, but is not limited to, CART, C-Print, captions, ASL and speech-to-text.
- Note Taking Assistance
Students who are eligible for note taking accommodations might use a Livescribe pen. The pen records audio while the student takes notes on a special notebook or paper. Tapping on any notes will play back the corresponding audio recorded at that very moment when the notes were being written. The notes written by the student act as a “bookmark” to that part of the audio recording. This allows the student to write as much or as little as they wish.
For other students, DAR staff will hire a note taker. The note taker will be someone who is in the same class section. Students who have note takers are still encouraged to take their own notes during class. The hired note taker is instructed to scan and upload his/her notes by the end of the same day as class. The note taker is not told for whom they are supplying notes. It is up to the student with the note taking accommodation to download the notes.
- Testing Accommodations
- Students should have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned without disability-related barriers getting in the way. In the hopes of reducing barriers, DAR offers testing accommodations such as reduced-distraction testing spaces, extended time, readers, scribes and more. Testing accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.
- Texts In Alternative Format
- Students who experience barriers that impact reading course material may be eligible to receive texts in an alternative format. Examples of alternative formats include electronic text, braille, tactile graphics and text enlargement.
But that's not all! Additional resources provided by our staff or the Academic Success Center may include:
- Academic coaching on topics such as time management, organizational strategies, test taking strategies or study skills.
- Peer tutors are available in most 100 and 200 level courses.
Test proctoring is provided Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are new to the process or if you have questions about how to take an exam at the DAR, please email us. Otherwise, you know the drill:
- Be sure you have registered with our office by completing a Request for Accommodations form and have met with Jeanne or Carrie.
- At the beginning of each semester, we will send you the Faculty Notification Form. Completion of the form verifies that you intend to use your accommodations. We will send an email to your professors verifying you are registered with DAR and to identify the accommodations that are approved.
- Meet with each of your professors to discuss your learning needs.
- For each exam scheduled with our office, complete the Request for Testing Accommodations Form.
- Once you have completed the Request for Testing Accommodations Form, your professor will receive an email notifying them of the request.
- You will know you are scheduled for the exam when you receive a Google Calendar invite.
A few more things to note:
- Tests are scheduled at the same time and same day as the class. Tests are only rescheduled for another time if there is a conflict with another class.
- Standard extended time is time and a half of what the class has to take the exam.
- The DAR is unable to proctor unlimited time tests.
- Tests are scheduled three school business days in advance. We cannot guarantee proctoring and/or space is available for tests scheduled late.
Texts in an Alternative Format
Need to request your textbooks in an alternative format? Just follow these steps:
- If you are not already registered, make sure to register with our office by completing a Request for Accommodations form and meet with Jeanne or Carrie.
- Notify DAR staff either by email or in person that you would like your textbooks provided in an alternative format.
- Verification that a student is eligible for electronic texts will be sent to the bookstore. Someone from the bookstore will determine where to access these textbooks in an alternative format.
- The bookstore will email you a list describing where to access the electronic texts
for each of your textbooks. Alternative formats may be available in Bookshare, downloadable
pdf or on a platform like Kindle. Students then work directly with the bookstore to
get the texts they need.
- Review the list and determine where your textbooks are available.
If your textbook is available on:
Bookshare DAR will assist you to obtain a Bookshare membership. Memberships are free for students with qualifying disabilities. Downloadable PDF You will need to visit the bookstore. Please bring proof of purchase of the textbook and a flashdrive to save files. Kindle Download the free Kindle app on your phone or computer. Then, find the textbook by searching within Kindle. Other Schedule an appointment with DAR staff and we will help.
Interested in Academic Services?
You know yourself and your learning needs best. Don't wait! We want to proactively support your success while you're at Hope. Email us if you have questions or concerns. If you're ready to get started, begin by completing a Request for Accommodations form to register with our office.
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