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Commonly Requested Accommodations

Sunday, October 20, 2019

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Main Campus:

Campus Center Building, Room 241

Monday–Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: (501) 812-2738

Little Rock-South:

Disability Services, Room 105C

Counseling Services, Room 105E - Services are available by appointment. To make an appointment, please call (501) 812-2738.

The following are commonly requested accommodation descriptions. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our office at [email protected] or call (501) 812-2738.

Accessible Furniture

Potential reasons for accessible furniture include, but are not limited to wheelchair-using students who cannot access standard classroom desks, and students who require assistive technology in the classroom. Most commonly, furniture accommodations include the use of detached tables, detached chairs, non-rolling chairs, adjustable high tables, and standing lecterns.

Students using this accommodation must notify disability services if they drop a class, add a new class, or the class is moved to another location. Also, if the furniture placed in a room becomes inaccessible at any point during the semester please notify us immediately.


Adaptive Equipment

Adaptive equipment is provided by either the student or disability services to help the student gain equal access. The accommodation letter will indicate the type of adaptive equipment and whether it will be provided by disability services or the student.


Assistive Listening Device (ALD)/FM System

Hearing-impaired students who require amplification for a lecture may request an ALD/FM system. The system has two parts:

Transmitter

  • The transmitter has two parts:
    • Transmitter box device
    • Lapel microphone and clip
  • The instructor is to wear the transmitter which will help the student receive the messages.
  • The instructor is also asked to clip the microphone to their shirt or pants
  • Instructors should repeat questions or comments made by other students in the class. This will help the student hear more discussions.

Receiver

  • The receiver has two parts:
    • Receiver box device
    • Earphones
  • The student will be wearing the receiver, which will have a microphone attached and an earpiece for the student to receive any lecture or verbal responses to questions.

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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is provided by either the student or disability services to help the student gain equal access. The accommodation letter will indicate the type of assistive technology approved and whether it will be provided by disability services or the student.

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Calculator

The calculator accommodation allows a student to use a calculator as a classroom accommodation. Students are only allowed to use the specific type of calculator approved by the instructor.

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Captioned Videos

In an effort to ensure accessibility for all students at UA-PTC, all video content that is provided to students, or presented in the classroom is closed-captioned or has a CC option available.

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Large Print Handouts

In order for the student to gain equal access, instructors must provide all paper-based materials to the student in the font listed on the accommodation letter.

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Notetaker

Certain disabilities such as mobility impairments, visual or hearing impairments, or specific learning disabilities prevent some students from taking their own class notes. Students who have the notetaker accommodation will be provided a notetaker who is chosen by the instructor. Both the student receving accommodations and the notetaker will need to meet together with DS staff to complete a notetaker contract.

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Preferential Seating

Means that a students' seat is placed in a location that is most beneficial for his/her learning in the classroom. While reasons for preferential seating varies widely, common disability-related requests include seating near the front of the room, seating near the board or overhead projector, seating near an interpreter, seating away from windows, and seating near a door.
DS and the student work with the instructor to secure optimal seating for the course.

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Recording Lectures

Because the instructor’s lecture is considered academic property, this accommodation gives the student permission to audio record lectures. While disability services approves this accommodation based on documentation, we encourage students to provide their own recording device. A Digital Voice Recorder with digital memory installed is recommended by disability services as an appropriate recording device.

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Sign Language Interpreters

Sign language interpreters communicate any verbal information from the instructor to the hearing impaired student in either American Sign Language (ASL) or English Sign Language (ESL). Sign language interpreters are hired by disability services and have certification levels that qualify them to interpret in the college classroom setting.

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Sit/Stand as Needed

Within classroom and lab settings, it can be disruptive if a student sits or stands without notice. Students with certain physical disabilities may have difficulties sitting or standing for long periods of time. Once instructors are notified of this accommodation through the accommodation letter, the disability services student is allowed to sit and stand as needed. When requesting this accommodation, the disability services student is advised that this accommodation only allows for students to sit and stand as needed, not leave the class or lab setting.

This accommodation only allows a student to sit or stand as needed, not to leave the class or lab setting.

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Testing Accommodations

General Information about Testing Accommodations:

Instructors may choose to administer exams and provide approved accommodations. Test proctoring through disability services is offered as an optional service for instructors. When time or physical space do not permit testing to happen in the departmental areas, instructors may choose to have students test in the disability services office.

Information regarding testing through disability services:

  • Students must schedule a testing appointment with disability services a minimum of 3 days before the test, quiz or exam is to be proctored.
  • Students must arrive on time to take their tests, quizzes and exams.
  • If a student arrives more than 30 minutes late, the student must call or go to the instructor to get permission to reschedule.
  • The instructor must e-mail or call disability services to give permission to reschedule the test.
  • A disability services counselor will meet with students who are consistently late to take tests, quizzes and exams.

Students are not allowed to take cell phones or other personal items into the testing area.

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Extended Time

The extended time accommodation allows a student to receive the class time, plus additional time to take tests, quizzes and exams with a clock time limit.

The student’s extended time accommodation (example 1.5 x the allowed time) is based on the amount of clock time the class receives on a test, quiz, or exam.

This accommodation will apply to online classes that give online timed tests.

Extended time does not apply to:

  • On-campus or online class assignments
  • Take home tests

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Large Print Tests

In order for the student to gain equal access, instructors must enlarge all paper-based tests according to the font listed on the accommodation letter.

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Reduced-Distraction Room for Testing

This accommodation is available to students who, due to the functional limitations of their disability, must test in a room with minimal distractions. Instructors may provide this accommodation or schedule students to test in disability services.

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Reader

This accommodation provides the student with a reader who reads the directions and questions verbatim from the test, quiz or exam without explanation. Instructors can choose to provide this accommodation or contact disability services for assistance.

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Scribe

This accommodation provides the student with a scribe who writes or types verbal test answers along with punctuation provided by the student. Instructors can choose to provide this accommodation or contact disability services for assistance.

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Spelling Dictionary

This accommodation allows the student to use a spelling dictionary. A spelling dictionary does not include definitions. Disability services will check all electronic and paperback spelling dictionaries before the student tests.

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Books in Alternative Format

Students approved for books in alternative format must submit an accommodation request each semester to receive their books in an accessible format. Students are given detailed information about Books in Alternative Format when they are approved for this accommodation. Students that need an enlarged format receive their books on CD or flash drive to access on their personal laptops.

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