The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) provides support and assistance to students with medical, physical, emotional, or learning disabilities, especially those experiencing problems in areas such as an academic program, career choice, or adjustment to the college experience and campus environment.
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OSD provides services according to each student's individual documentation. Services include, but are not limited to:
- extended time on tests
- use of an alternate location for tests
- sign language interpreters
- textbooks in alternate format
- assistive technology
All accommodations are determined during an intake appointment based on the student's history, documentation, and needs.
The Coordinator of OSD serves in an advisory capacity to the campus at large on matters related to students with disabilities and works closely with other student services to ensure that the needs of students with disabilities are met.
Letter of Accommodation
Students whose documentation addresses the need for accommodations will receive letters of accommodation from the Coordinator. The letter of accommodation is provided for each of the student's instructors outlining the student's needs for the semester. Students are responsible for providing their instructors with the letter.
At the beginning of every semester, students are advised to pick up letters of accommodation. It is also recommended that students then meet with each instructor, in private, to review the letter and discuss how the instructor can be of assistance. This private meeting is also an excellent opportunity to complete OSD Testing Accommodations forms.
Students requiring notetakers must submit a copy of their course schedules to OSD at the beginning of each semester. Courses requiring notetakers should be identified on the schedule.
Students wishing to have class notes delivered to the OSD office are advised to pick them up weekly. If, after two weeks, class notes have not been picked up, a review will take place assessing the continued need for a notetaker.
Sign Language Interpreters
If you have a hearing disability and are sponsored by ACCES-VR, interpreters' costs are paid for by that agency. If you are ineligible for ACCES-VR sponsorship, your interpreters are chosen and paid for by the College. Interpreters can also be provided for campus events. Students who use this service must notify OSD at least 24 hours prior to any anticipated absences, so that we may avoid paying for unused services.
Students requiring this accommodation will use their own audio recorders or possibly borrow one from OSD's equipment loan program. To protect original lecture material, students may be required to complete a Student Agreement for Taping Lectures. This agreement protects original faculty material from being published.
Books in Alternate Format
Students eligible for this accommodation should register independently with:
20 Rozel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone Toll-Free: (800) 221-4792
Phone: (609) 452-0606
Fax: (609) 987-8116
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480 S. California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone: (650) 352- 0198
If students are unable to acquire their textbooks through these organizations, office staff will work with the student in order to acquire the alternate format required directly from the publisher. The student must provide the office staff with course schedule information, as well as a copy of the receipt for all books that are requested. PLEASE NOTE: During peak times this process can take up to six weeks to complete and is dependent upon the publishing company involved. It is important to make requests early, as soon as possible after registering for courses.