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Accommodations & Services

What is an Accommodation?

An accommodation is a modification that is made to a course, program, service, job, activity, or facility that eliminates or minimizes disability-related barriers to allow for equal access.

There is often more than one way to accommodate a situation or activity. In order for an accommodation to be considered reasonable, however, it must meet four criteria:

  • It must not compromise the objectives of a course, program, job, activity, or facility.
  • It must not cause an undue administrative or financial hardship.
  • It must not compromise safety to you or others.
  • It must not fundamentally alter a course or program.

It is important to note that accommodations from elementary and secondary education can often be different from what is considered reasonable at the post-secondary level. Accommodations are determined by the Director and Assistant Director of Disability Resources on an individual, case-by-case basis.

Possible Accommodations at Longwood University

Testing Assistance

  • Extended Time
  • Distraction Reduced Testing Environment
  • Use of computer and/or other assistive technology

 Notetaking Assistance

  • Supplemental notes for class provided by the professor or another student in the class
  • Use of a tape recorder to record lectures
  • All students who receive this accommodation will need to sign the Contract for Students Who Request Note-Takers (pdf) before receiving the notes. 

 Alternate Format & Assistive Technology

  • Audio Textbooks on CD format through RFB&D library
  • Electronic Format of textbooks through Access Text & Bookshare
  • Alternate Format FAQ Sheet (pdf)
  • Kurzweil Software for Use in the Office, Library, & Campus Labs
  • Zoom Text Software for Use in the Office, Library, & Campus Labs
  • JAWS Software for Use in the Office, Library, & Campus Labs
  • Read Outloud Software for Use in the Office, Library, Campus Labs, & Personal Computers
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking Software for Use in the Office, Library & Campus Labs

 Technology & Equipment

  • FM systems to check out for sound amplification in class
  • Electronic spell check to use
  • Alphasmart
  • Reading Pens
  • Livescribe Pens
  • Digital Recorders  

Housing Accommodations

  • Housing Accommodations due to a disability related condition

Interpreting Services

  • Interpreting Services must be requested at least 6 weeks prior to event .
  • CART Services(Communication Access Realtime Translation)

Other Services

  • Library and Lab Assistants
  • Attendant Care Services
  • Voters Registration
  • Temporary Disability Parking