Reasonable Accommodations

Student Disability Services offers reasonable accommodations to students who need them.

ACADEMIC Accommodations

For documentation guidelines please see appropriate section depending on the type of accommodation requested.


In order to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations to those students who have disabilities, Student Disability Services requires documentation that shows the current disability and its impact on a major life activity. The documentation the student provides to SDS should include the information listed below. SDS will make the final decision as to whether reasonable and appropriate accommodations are needed and can be provided to the student. Please send or bring documentation in person to your scheduled registration appointment at Student Disability Services.

  • Documentation must be current. The determination of what is current documentation varies and depends on the nature of the disability, i.e. completed with the last five years for learning disabilities, the last six months for psychiatric disabilities including drug and/or alcohol dependency, or the last three years for ADHD and all other disabilities. This requirement does not apply to physical or sensory disabilities of a permanent or unchanging nature. SDS reserves the right to make appropriate modifications to this time frame when deemed necessary by circumstances.
  • The name, title and professional credential of the evaluator including information about licensure, certification, area of specialization, employment and state in which the individual practices must be provided. Professionals conducting the evaluation/assessment must be qualified to do so and should have experience working with the relevant adolescent/adult population.
  • Reports must be on letterhead, typed, dated, and have the original signature of the evaluator and/or be completed on a form provided by SDS. Reports must be written in English or translated into English by a qualified translator.
  • The report must clearly state the diagnosed disability or disabilities. Terms such as “suggest” or “is indicative of” are not acceptable. DSM IV or ICD-9 codes should be used when available.
  • The evaluator must describe the impact and functional limitations resulting from the disability or disabilities on a current major life function or activity, especially as it relates to functioning in an academic environment.
  • The report should include complete educational, developmental and medical history when relevant to the disability for which accommodations are being requested.
  • Reports should include a list of all test instruments used in the evaluation report and relevant subtest scores used to document the stated disability. This requirement does not apply to physical or sensory disabilities of a permanent or unchanging nature.
  • The diagnostic report must describe the specific recommendations for the accommodation(s) requested and an explanation of the rationale for each.
  • If medications are prescribed, these should be listed as well as potential side effects that may impair the persons functioning.
  • A physician’s prescription pad note or a school plan such as an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan is not sufficient in and of itself, but can be included as part of a more comprehensive evaluative report.

All documentation can be scanned and emailed to or faxed to 941-487-4517.

Accommodations that Student Disability Services offer:

Classroom Accommodations

  • Enlarged course material
  • Permission to record lectures
  • Use of computer for notes
  • Note taking services
  • Adjustable table and/or chair placed in classroom(s)
  • ASL interpreting services
  • Copy of lecture notes/power point
  • Preferential seating
  • Flexible attendance
  • Extended due dates
  • Written instructions

Testing Accommodations

  • Extended time for exams (1.5-2x normal time allowed)
  • Alternate location/decreased distraction for exams
  • Use of spell check device or use of computer for testing
  • Use of calculator
  • Test scribe
  • Reader for tests
  • Ability to request alternate exam time reschedule exam
  • Alternate testing format

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Special Services

  • CLAST, GRE or other standardized testing accommodation
  • Course substitution
  • Assistance with obtaining e-books
  • Assistance on study skills, time management and/or organizational skills