1. Analyze your classes and your co-curricular activities.

Look at the requirements for each of your classes and consider your particular disability related needs when determining which accommodations are appropriate. The accommodations for which you are eligible might not be appropriate or necessary for every class. Think about the type of activities you want to be involved in and consider if accommodations would assist in your ability to participate.

2. Make an appointment with the Associate Dean of Students, 651-696-6220.

The Associate Dean of Students is the person who coordinates all services and accommodations for students with disabilities. Bring the appropriate documentation for your disability to your initial meeting with the Associate Dean of Students. Upon discussion with you and review of the documentation, the Associate Dean of Students will determine the appropriate accommodations needed support your learning. The Associate Dean of Students will contact the appropriate instructors, notifying them of the accommodations for which the student qualifies.

3. Make an appointment with your instructor.

Request an appointment with the instructor or attend his/her office hours early in the semester to discuss your accommodation requests. It is not advisable to discuss your disability-related needs with your instructor in front of the class or as s/he is entering or leaving the class. Be specific. When meeting with the instructor, make specific accommodation requests. You do not need to disclose the specific nature of your disability to your instructor. If you are uncomfortable identifying your disability, keep the conversation focused on the accommodations for which you are eligible.

4. Maintain communication.

Talk with the Associate Dean of Students and your faculty members about how often you will meet for follow-up appointments. At least one meeting with the Associate Dean per semester is required to check in concerning your progress. You may need to remind your faculty member of your accommodations as the semester progresses (e.g., extended time arrangements 10 days prior to test days)

5. Report Problems.

You should talk with the Associate Dean of Student and/or your instructor if you are having difficulties with any accommodation, service or class. The Associate Dean of Students can assist discuss with you how to talk with your faculty member or, when needed, can also attend meetings with you and your faculty member to ensure you are receiving the appropriate accommodations.