What are Accommodations?
Accommodations are alterations in how students receive information and express information that remove barriers to learning. Accommodations should NOT alter the learning outcomes of the rest of the class. Students who are registered with the DRC are expected to meet the same learning outcomes as their classmates; they are just doing so in a different way. Here are just a few examples of accommodations depending on students' challenges:
Students who have visual challenges, may require:
- All text to be enlarged or have access to a magnifying machine in the classroom or test setting
- Textbooks and worksheets to be uploaded to a text-to-voice software
- Have text read out loud to them
- Text converted into braille
- And even have the option to take oral exams instead of written exams
Students who are undergoing medical treatment for life threatening illnesses, may require:
- Flexible attendance, in case they are ever hospitalized during the semester
- Extra time on exams due to medication causing slow processing
- Extra time on outside class assignments, in case they are ever hospitalized during the semester
Students with auditory deficits, may require:
- Class lectures to be transcribed so they can read it at a later time
- A copy of notes and/or a copy of professor's lecture notes
- Closed captions on videos
- All oral directions to also be offered in writing
Students with dyslexia may need to have:
- A private room so they can read the questions on tests out loud
- A reader to read to their tests to them
- Option to take oral exams
- Use of color transparencies to lay over text
- Exams to be printed on colored paper
- Access to text-to-voice software
As you can see, accommodations that are provided to a student depend on an individual student's challenges and how that disability affects their access to the education process.
Students do not need to disclose the nature of their disability to instructors in order to receive accommodations. Academic Accommodation letters from Disability Resource Center never disclose a student’s disability, only the accommodations that are authorized.
Cañada College DRC uses the information requested on the Disability Resource Center (DRC) forms for the purpose of determining a student's eligibility to receive authorized services provided by DRC. Personal information recorded on these forms will be kept confidential in order to protect against unauthorized disclosure.
Portions of this information may be shared with the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges or other state or federal agencies; however, disclosure to these parties is made in strict accordance with applicable statutes regarding confidentiality, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. 1232(g)). Pursuant to Section 7 of the Federal Privacy Act (Public Law 93-579; 5 U.S.C.§ 552a, note).