Types of Disabilities

Acquired Brain Injury

Students with acquired brain injuries must provide LEC personnel with documentation of the injury from a professional in education, medicine, or psychology, and the most recent neuropsychological evaluation. Past educational records are also recommended.

Possible accommodations depending on need:

  • Letters to faculty explaining the nature of the head injury and general suggestions for accommodations
  • Extended time for exams and in-class writing assignments
  • Oral exams
  • Notetakers
  • Scribes for exams

Learning Disability

Students with learning disabilities must provide LEC personnel with a copy of their psychoeducational evaluation performed within three years of the date of application for academic accommodations. If previously identified as learning disabled, include past educational records such as an individual education plan and other records specific to the disability if available. Documentation requirements are specifically detailed on a separate sheet available through the LEC.

Possible accommodations depending on need:

  • Letters to faculty explaining the specific nature of the learning disability and general suggestions for accommodations
  • Extended time for exams and in-class writing assignments
  • Readers for non-text material (articles, exams, etc.)
  • Notetakers
  • Oral exams
  • Assistance with arranging books on tape or from Recordings for the Blind, Inc.
  • Assistive Technology such as Kurzweil3000, Scanner, Zoom text, J.A.W.S., MagniSight, Closed Captioned Videos and DVDs

Hearing Impairment

Hearing impaired students must provide LEC personnel with documentation concerning the nature of the hearing impairment from an audiologist, otologist, or other professional. Documentation is also required if the disability involves oral language or processing difficulties.

Possible accommodations depending on need:

  • Letters to faculty explaining the nature of the hearing impairment
  • Notetakers
  • Sign language or oral interpreters/real-time captioning for academic courses

Visual Impairment

Visually impaired students must provide LEC personnel with documentation of the visual impairment from an ophthalmologist or optometrist if the disability is not observable.

Possible accommodations depending on need:

  • Letters to faculty explaining the nature of the visual impairment and general suggestions for working with individuals with visual impairments
  • Tape recorded classroom lectures
  • Use of Recordings for the Blind, Inc. for textbook material
  • Enlarged print for exams and handouts
  • Readers for non-text materials and exams
  • Scribes for exams
  • Notetakers
  • Oral exams
  • Extended time for projects and exams
  • Campus orientation tapes
  • Assistive Technology such as Kurzweil3000, Scanner, Zoom text, J.A.W.S., MagniSight, Closed Captioned Videos and DVDs

Mobility or Orthopedic Impairment or Other Health Impairment

Physically impaired students must provide LEC personnel with documentation of the physical impairment from a medical professional if the disability is not observable.

Possible accommodations depending on need:

  • Letters to faculty explaining the nature of the physical impairment and general suggestions for working with individuals with physical impairments
  • Scribes for exams
  • Notetakers
  • Extended time for projects and exams