Reasonable Accommodations

    Reasonable Accommodations are adjustments to policy, practice, and programs that “level the playing field” for students with disabilities and provide equal access to IIT’s programs and activities. Examples include the administration of exams, services such as note taking, sign language interpretation, use of assistive technology, and coordination of accessible housing needs. Accommodation plans and services are individualized to match the disability-related needs of each student and are determined according to documentation and the student’s program requirements.

    Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis after the Center for Disability Resources (CDR) considers both the student’s needs as described in their disability documentation and the technical academic standards of their course or program. Faculty members also have the opportunity to consult with the CDR on the final determination of accommodations for each of their courses and for each student. Some accommodations may be appropriate in one course or program, but not in another.

    Note-Taking
    Sign Language Interpreting Services and Speech-to-Text Services
    Testing Accommodations
    Housing Accommodations

    Note-Taking
    Note-taking services are provided as a reasonable academic accommodation for students with documented disabilities that interfere with students’ ability to take notes in class. Students must receive prior approval from the CDR before this service is coordinated on their behalf. The CDR recruits a classmate to provide a set of course notes to a student with a disability.  The CDR has established note-taking guidelines that outline the process for requesting note-taking services, student responsibilities, and note-taker responsibilities.

    Sign-Language Interpreting and Speech-to-Text Services
    Sign-language interpreting or speech-to-text services are coordinated for students with hearing disabilities to facilitate communication and participation in university programs and activities. The appropriate type of service is determined according to the student’s documented need and his / her level of communication skill.

    To request sign language interpreting for a campus event, please call 312.567.5744 or email disabilities@iit.edu in advance of your event. Because sign language interpreters are contracted through a community agency, adequate lead time is very important.

    Sign Language Interpreting Services Request Form (PDF)

    Testing Accommodations
    In some cases, students with disabilities are entitled to accommodations related to administration of examinations. These testing accommodations modify, in specific ways, the way an exam is administered to students. Typical testing accommodations include extended time in which to complete the exam, alternate format (e.g. large print), a reduced-distraction area in which to take the exam, and the use of a computer or other assistive technology. The intent of testing accommodations is not to alter performance requirements or lessen course standards; rather, their purpose is to ensure equal access to the testing setting for students with relevant disabilities and to remove barriers that traditional exam administration presents. Students who wish to arrange accommodated testing in the CDR must contact the CDR a minimum of 48 hours before an exam with the following information: class, professor name, date and time of exam. Students may do this by email or by filling out the Testing Accommodation Request Form and bringing it to the CDR.

    Testing Accommodations Agreement (PDF)
    Testing Accommodation Request Form (PDF)

    Housing Accommodations
    In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Illinois Institute of Technology provides reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities in housing. According to the ADA, a disability is defined as any mental or physical impairment that substantially limits the individual in a major life activity compared to the average person. For students whose disabilities substantially limit their ability to live in IIT’s traditional housing arrangements, accommodations are provided.

    Housing accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, according to documented need, and prevailing standards for reasonable accommodations. These accommodations are made after a determination of the student’s disability status and that his or her particular disability necessitates adjustments to the living environment and available housing options. With this in mind, the university has established the following procedures to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to IIT’s housing resources.

    Students applying for housing accommodations must follow the university’s application procedures for housing; please refer to the housing website for this information: http://www.housing.iit.edu/.  In addition to the standard application process, students must also submit a Disability Housing Accommodations Request Form and required disability documentation (see general guidelines and specific guidelines) to the CDR for consideration of their requests. Please see Disability Housing Accommodations Procedures and Guidelines.

    Telephone Services
    Students, Faculty, and staff with disabilities who need assistance with telephones or voicemail should contact Virginia Bentley at bentley@iit.edu or 312.567.7542.

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