Online study creates the need for accommodations that are different from those needed for traditional, in-class study.
Determining which accommodations you will need is a process based on a review of the functional limitations of your disability. Disability affects each student in varying ways, depending largely on your ability to compensate for the effects of your disability. Areas of difficulty may be:
-Comprehending written instructions
-Participating in online discussions
-Viewing and/or hearing online video postings
-Hearing online audio postings
-Others unique to your situation
All accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis with the documentation you provide to the disability office.
DO ONLINE STUDENTS NEED DOCUMENTATION?
Documentation is the report that is generated by the professional who has diagnosed an individual?s disability. It provides the official basis of the student?s claim that he or she is a person with a disabling condition. This report usually discusses testing used to diagnose the condition, the diagnosis itself, the student?s strengths and weaknesses, the impact on affected major life activities and provides recommendations for reasonable accommodations. It helps to identify the functional limitations imposed by the disability.
The law allows the college to request this documentation when the student requests accommodations.
Supporting documentation may include: Psychological/Psycho-educational Evaluation or Medical Documentation of your disability.
PLEASE NOTE: An IEP or 504 Plan are NOT proof of a disability
In order to receive support services through the Access and Equity office, follow the steps outlined below. Should you have any questions about this process, feel free to contact our office at anytime.
If you have been accepted for admission at SUNY Delhi and would like to register with Access and Equity Services, please submit the Self Disclosure Form, which was included in your acceptance packet, along with all to:
The Office of Access and Equity Services
221 Bush Hall Delhi, NY 13753
You must submit the Student Registration and Self-Assessment Form to the office of Access and Equity Services as soon as possible. Once you have submitted this form you must schedule an appointment to meet with the Coordinator to do an intake.
Once your documentation is complete and you have been approved for Access and Equity Services you will receive a letter attached in an email giving you further instructions.
If you are approved for Access and Equity Services, two weeks prior to the start of every semester you will receive an email with a link to the Student Guidelines for Academic Accommodations & Release Authorization form. This form must be downloaded and saved before working with it. The form must be completed, signed, and returned before you can receive your accommodation letter to present to your professors. This form should be returned As Soon As Possible via email, fax, or mail, BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF CLASSES!
Once your contract is received by the Access and Equity Office, your accommodation letters will be sent to your school email address. You will need to send (via email) this letter to all of your professors.
Present the accommodations letter to each of your professors for that semester. Your professor from each class you are taking must sign the letters. Return the signed letter to the Access and Equity Services Office within 10 days. All letters must be signed and returned before accommodations can be made.
Students who have a print disability may request copies of their textbooks in alternative formats. The college uses a variety of sources to supply these materials, including files obtained from the publisher and scanning books in house. In order to request texts in alternative formats, the following procedures must be followed:
-Complete the Application for Texts in Alternative Formats .
-Submit documentation of your print disability and proof of purchase.
-You must complete a new application for each term you enroll. Books will not be requested on your behalf unless you submit the form and proof of purchase. Documentation only needs to be supplied once.
-Requests take approximately 4-6 weeks, depending on the source of the text. Some texts may be turned around faster, some may take longer. Check with the statewide coordinator after submitting your request for a progress report.
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