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Section Two: Using Disability Services and Accommodations
Who is eligible for disability services and accommodations?
Students may be eligible if:
In order to be successful, students need to be able to:
How do I establish my eligibility for services and accommodations?
If you think you are eligible and want to request services, you will need to contact either DSS or EDC. Make a contact with the programs to obtain information before you enroll at the college, or as soon as possible afterwards. Monthly information meetings are the best method, although you may contact the division secretaries. (See Orientation and Information Meetings, Section One: Learning About De Anza.)
What are accommodations, auxiliary aids and support services
Accommodations and auxiliary aids consist of the following:
Examples include classroom interpreters, test accommodations, and books in alternative format.
Accommodations are not to:
How are accommodations determined?
A student who requests accommodations or auxiliary aids must:
If you encounter a specific problem in a class that requires an accommodation not generally available, request a “Reasonable Accommodation Request Form” from DSS or EDC so that the problem can be reviewed and a solution proposed.
Who is responsible for arranging accommodations and auxiliary aids?Students must make all accommodation requests in a timely manner. It is always best to think about courses and their requirements ahead and try to anticipate your own needs. Generally, the student and DSS or EDC will work together to ensure accommodations are in place.
You should discuss your accommodations with your classroom instructor. It is important to explain to them how your accommodation relates to and compensates for your educational limitation. There are sample dialogues in the Appendix to help you practice this. Remember if the accommodation is not related to your disability, there is no basis for it.
Sometimes you may ask the instructor directly for an accommodation, such as tape recording the lecture, assistance with locating a volunteer note taker, or an adjustment in a time line. In other cases, such as test accommodation, it is necessary to obtain an authorization form. Last, if the accommodation is unusual or may be difficult to explain, you may be advised to get an Authorization Memo from your counselor/advisor.
Since you have a critical role in ensuring that accommodations are in place and appropriate, we have developed a timeline checklist for you to use in planning for accommodations. See the “Checklist for Planning Accommodations” in the Appendix.
What is the instructor’s role in accommodating me?The instructor may help provide an accommodation, where appropriate. Most often, the instructor’s role will be to cooperate with the provision of accommodations DSS or EDC recommends.
The instructor does not have the right to know your diagnosis unless you choose to share it . Confidentiality regarding your accommodation needs must be maintained.
The instructor does have the right to: