/ Disability and Accessibility Resources

Academic Services

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 who are blind/low vision, deaf, have hearing loss or have 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 approved for a note taking accommodation have multiple options. Livescribe pens and peer note takers are the most common ways to fulfill a note taking accommodation. 

Testing Accommodations
Students should have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned without disability-related barriers getting in the way. 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 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! Our staff is available to meet with you to identify and problem solve disability related barriers you may experience during the transition to college, from a change in disability status to promoting successful learning. You can choose to meet with us once or on a regular basis. Sessions might focus on: 

  • Self advocacy
  • Individualized learning strategies
  • Assistive technology
  • Time management

Testing Accommodations

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 or quiz at DAR, please email us. Otherwise, you know the drill:

  1. You will need to be approved for testing accommodations with our office by completing a Request for Accessibility Accommodations form and meet with Jeanne or Carrie.
  2. At the beginning of each semester, you will need to complete a semester request by signing into AccommodateCompletion of a semester request verifies that you intend to use your accommodations and results in a Semester Letter of Accommodation email to your professors.
  3. Meet with each of your professors to discuss your learning needs and implementation of approved accommdations.
  4. For each exam you need to schedule with our office, complete the Request for Testing Accommodations Form.
  5. Once you have completed the Request for Testing Accommodations Form, your professor will receive an email notifying them of the request. They respond by sending us the exam and providing proctoring instructions.
  6. You will know you are scheduled for the exam when you receive a Google Calendar invite. On the day of the day of the exam, come to Van Zoeren 261. 

A few more things to note:

  • Exams are scheduled at the same time and same day as the class. Exams 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.
  • DAR is unable to proctor unlimited time exams.
  • Exams are scheduled three school business days in advance. We are no longer proctoring for exams that are scheduled late.

Texts in an Alternative Format

Need to request your textbooks in an alternative format? Just follow these steps:

  1. Be sure you have completed a Request for Accessibility Accommodations form and meet with Jeanne or Carrie.
  2. Notify DAR staff either by email or in person that you would like your textbooks provided in an alternative format.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5.  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. 
    At any point during this process, feel free to contact DAR for help. You can schedule a meeting to learn how to use these alternative formats at any time during the semester. It can sometime take weeks for us to receive an alternative format of a textbook so please request as soon as possible to ensure you have access to your class material.