Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Types of Disabilities

You can read a brief description of disability areas and samples of appropriate academic accommodations that may be required at the Types of Disabilities page.

Testing Accommodations

Students requiring only extended time on exams must make prior arrangements with the instructor to take exams through the Assessment and Testing Office. Once the instructor has set a make-up exam session through the Testing Department, the student must make an appointment using the Testing Center Online portal. If you have any questions regarding scheduling a make-up test, you may call 407.708.2311 or visit the Testing office on any campus for assistance.

Only students requiring direct assistance (oral exams, scribe, etc.) will take exams in DSS. Students must discuss special testing needs with the instructor and make an appointment in DSS for administration of the exam.

Readers, Notetakers, Interpreters

DSS makes arrangements for readers for students with blindness/visual impairments or reading disabilities, sign language or oral interpreters for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, and notetakers for students who are unable to take notes because of various disabilities. Provision of these services is made on an individual-needs basis.

Assistive Technology

Contact DSS for an updated list of the specialized equipment available. Such equipment includes talking calculators, screen readers, adaptive computers and other assistive devices.

Temporary Impairments

Temporary accommodations may be provided on a case-by-case basis as a courtesy service to students with temporary and/or transitory impairments so their enrollment can continue with minimal disruption.

Temporary impairments (broken leg, broken arm, scheduled or emergency surgery) are not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), because this law applies to only permanent disabilities. A temporary or transitory impairment is an impairment with an actual or expected duration of six months or less. Documentation of the temporary impairment is required in order to receive courtesy services.

Students with temporary impairments are encouraged to contact DSS and provide documentation addressing the length of recovery so that appropriate duration of accommodations may be determined. Please the see the Documentation page for more information.

Release Forms

Disability Support Services will keep your disability-related documentation on file for five years after your graduation and/or last enrollment. After five years without enrollment or academic activity, your disability documentation will be destroyed.

Students with disabilities must provide documentation in order to receive services and/or accommodations through DSS. Please use the forms below to document your situation appropriately and release your records to approved parties.

Student Handbook

If you would like to learn more about DSS accommodations, the DSS Student Handbook is available to download online.

Resources

For more information, please visit the Resources page.

Contact

General Information
dss@seminolestate.edu
407.708.2110