Accommodations and Accessible Technologies

Accommodations are changes to the design of environments, auxiliary aids, and services that allow people with disabilities to access facilities and fully participate in programs at school or work. To determine what accommodations might be appropriate and effective in a class or other educational setting, the student, faculty, and Disability Resource Center staff often work together to identify barriers in the environment. The information included here gives you some examples but is not meant to be exhaustive, since accommodations are applied on an individualized basis.*

General Information on Accommodations

Programmatic Environment

Adjustments made to policies and practices that maintain program standards and requirements. Services that enable full participation in programs.

  • Exam Accommodations, such as extended test time, distraction-reduced testing space, electronic materials.
  • Note-taking Services
  • Sign Language Interpreting Services
  • CART (Real-time Captioning)
  • Attendance Adjustments
  • First row, or Close-up Seating
  • Residence Hall Accommodations
  • Dining Options for Food Allergies

Physical Environment

Design of, and modifications to the built environment.

  • Accessible Parking
  • Wheelchair-Accessible Paths of Travel on Campus with Signage
  • Step-free Entrances to Buildings
  • Power Doors or Power-Assist Doors (local design codes sometimes have an impact on the availability of these)
  • Elevators
  • Signs with Braille and Raised Symbols
  • Wheelchair-Accessible Restrooms
  • Visual Fire Alarms and Alerting Devices
  • Accessible Lab and Classroom Furniture

Access Technologies

Hardware and software that make environments accessible and help students to do their work.

Information Environment

Accessible college or university websites designed to enable large print, text-to-speech, contrast, captioning, etc. College communications and publications available in accessible formats.

* The information on this page is for illustrative purposes only. NCCSD and AHEAD do not recommend any accommodation, nor should this be understood as legal advice. Students and families are encouraged to work with college personnel to address their needs.