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Accommodation Form Purpose & Explanation

The purpose of the Accommodation Form (AF) is to inform your instructors of your accommodation needs. The AF also allows an opportunity for a modified exam schedule if your accommodations require Extended Time or other testing accommodations.

It is YOUR responsibility to take your AF to each instructor and discuss the accommodations listed on your Form (see below).  We also suggest that you take a copy of your academic schedule with you during the appointment. This will allow your professor to understand if you will need to modify your exam schedule time based on your accommodations and your academic schedule.

For example:

Student Name: Bobby Bearcat
Student Accommodations: Extended Time - Double Time on Exams

FALL SEMESTER ACADEMIC SCHEDULE

MATH 0039-001 (Algebra for College)
Course Day and Time: MWF 9:05 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
PSYC 2013-001 (Positive Psychology)
Course Day and Time: MWF 10:10 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.

Explanation: Based on Bobby's accommodation of Extended Time - Double Time on Exams, he will require an adjusted testing schedule for exams which may occur on Monday, Wednesday or Fridays. If Bobby wanted to utilize his accommodation for his 9:05 a.m. math class, he will need to discuss alternate testing arrangements with his math professor so there will be no conflicts with his 10:10 a.m. psychology class. After arrangements have been made, he will access the Disability Services Office (DSO) website (http://www.uc.edu/aess/disability.html) click on the red button (Accommodated Testing) and schedule his exam.


I've picked up my new Accommodation Form---Now what do I do??

The following three steps will ensure a clear understanding between you and your professors about your specific accommodations.

STEP 1. Make an appointment to meet with your professors outside of class.

After receiving your Accommodation Form from Disability Services Office, make an appointment to meet with your professors during their office hours. These hours can be found on the course syllabus for each class. This will maintain your confidentiality and offer you a "one-on-one" opportunity to engage your professors. Do not ask professors to sign your Form immediately before or after the 1st class meeting. Again, making an appointment and meeting with them individually will allow you the opportunity to discuss your needs in private.

STEP 2. Meet with your professor and discuss your specific accommodations and needs. During your meeting with your professors, you want to review the Accommodation Form and then discuss how your accommodations will be provided in relation to that specific course. Taking your syllabus would be helpful when doing this. Examples of arrangements that could be made during this meeting are:


• Discussing if there will be any pop quizzes, and how you would receive your accommodations for those.
• Discussing the need for a Note Taker (if this is one of your accommodations) and providing the professor with the Note Taker Acceptance Form; reviewing with the professor that they will need to ask for a volunteer in class and continue to announce it until someone volunteers.
• Discussing testing arrangements

After your discussion, you and your professor will need to sign the back of Accommodation Form, list the Course Number (Ex: MATH0039-001) and date.

STEP 3. Return your signed Form to the Disability Services Office.

Once you've met with all your professors and your Accommodation Form has been signed, return it to DSO. We can provide copies of the Form for professors or copies for you upon request. If the Accommodation Form is not returned, we will not print one for the next semester. In this case, you would need to call our office to request one for that semester.