Potential Accommodations

Examples of accommodations for which students registered with OSWD may be approved include, but are not limited to, the following:

Extended Test-Taking Time

By far the most common accommodation used by OSWD students is extended time for testing, with tests taken and proctored in OSWD's facilities. "Extended-time" testing means twice the amount of time that would be usual in the classroom.

Testing in a Distraction-Reduced Environment

The Disability Services Test Center affords the opportunity for students who are approved for this accommodation to test in an individual, quiet room.

Note Takers

Note takers are provided for students who require assistance with note taking in class.


Recording of lecture material is considered a reasonable accommodation for students whose disabilities dictate assistance in this venue. Students using this accommodation sign a contract during the student accommodation plan meeting agreeing not to share the material.

Readers and Scribes

Readers and scribes are provided to assist with exams for students eligible for such accommodations.

Alternative Testing Methods

Students with disabilities have the right to be evaluated based solely on their abilities. If an evaluation method has a negative impact due to a student's disability, the university will seek reasonable alternatives. These may include oral testing, alternative assessment, extended test times, and/or testing in a distraction-reduced environment.

Alternate Textbook Materials

Alternatives to the traditional textbook may be provided for those students who demonstrate need.

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology is generally computer-related equipment and software that assists the student in some fashion, such as making on-screen text more readable, or reading on-line text to the student audibly. Kurzweil 3000 is an example.

Physical Access, Mobility Training and Orientation

Arrangements are made to ensure that classrooms are in accessible locations, and students new to campus are familiarized with campus locations.

Priority Registration

Priority registration is available for students with disabilities who have a documented need for this service. The need for priority registration is assessed on a case-by-case basis.