A variety of services are available to a University of the Incarnate Word student with a disability. These services may include, but are not limited to, interpreters for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, assistance with print materials, reader/scribes, note taker assistance, recorders, assistance with the registration process, adaptive equipment, print materials converted to audio CDs and test accommodations.
To receive assistance at the University of the Incarnate Word, you must register for services through the Office of Student Disability Services. All services are elective and must be requested by the student. Arrangements for services may be made directly through the office of Student Disability Services, Administration Building, room 105.
To register, you need to provide the office with the appropriate documentation of your disability. A Request for Letters on Accommodations form must be completed each semester to maintain services once officially enrolled with our office. All services should be requested in a timely manner.
Each semester you can request Letters of Accommodation for each of your instructors. These letters will outline, (1) Your course responsibilities and what accommodations are prescribed for your disability (disabilities). The day-to-day arrangements are between you and your instructor and when necessary between you, your instructor and the UIW Testing Services.
Specific accommodations will vary according to the student and the severity of the disability. Therefore, it is important that you meet with your instructor(s) early in the semester to discuss your disability and the specific accommodations that you require. You should meet with your instructor(s) during the first week of the semester.
Topics that generally need to be addressed with the instructor include: classroom accessibility and seating, test taking, and recording procedures, reproduction of written materials and visual aids, and lecture procedures, such as lecture notes, or how to utilize an interpreter in the classroom.
If an instructor asks you questions about your disability, it is up to you how you choose to answer. People who don’t live with disabilities often learn about them from people who do. Typically, the more you can comfortably share about what works for you, the better your instructor will understand. On the other hand, if he or she wishes to find out more information concerning your disability from the Office of Student Disability Services, this additional information can be obtained only after you have given your written permission.
Medical conditions that may require extended absences from classes cannot be reasonably accommodated if participation in the class is a requirement. The Office of Student Disability Services cannot excuse absences from classes, as this is a faculty responsibility. Even if the student’s instructors excuse additional absences, the student will still be responsible for all missed information, homework, papers, and assignments.
The staff of Student Disability Services (SDS) believes that a person with a disability can succeed and can take control of his or her education. The staff further believes that self-understanding, self-efficacy and self-helpare the keys to empowerment. It is the role of the staff of SDS to provide the student with information about services and accommodations that are available, to explain the procedures to be followed, and to coordinate the options that are chosen. The rest is up to you.
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