Students registered with ADS include students with learning disabilities, ADHD, mental health disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, brain injuries, physical/ mobility disabilities, medical conditions, vision and hearing disabilities, and speech/language disabilities. A ADS specialist is assigned to each student individually to determine and facilitate accommodations through an interactive process that includes review of the student’s documentation and a personal interview. During the interview, consideration is given to the student’s self-report and ideas about accommodations, the student’s academic experiences, previous accommodations, and the student’s current program of study and courses in which he or she is enrolled. At times the process will involve consulting with course instructors prior to determining accommodations. Once the interactive process is complete, the approved accommodations will be specified on the student’s ADS memo.
New students are encouraged to maintain contact with their ADS specialist, especially during their first year. This contact provides the opportunity for specialists to guide students and work with them proactively to address questions and resolve problems that may arise.