Disability Services Center

Interviewing a Disability Service Provider

 First ask the Admissions Office:

  1. Is there a special admissions process for students with disabilities?  If so please explain that process.

  2. Will I be admitted into a “regular” program of study as a “regular” student; if not, will this have any ramifications for the financial aid and VR benefits I may receive?

  3. Is there a Disability Support Office?

  4. Do you offer special programs or have offices for specific disabilities?

Now, make an appointment with the DSC staff or the specific program or office to ask these questions:

  1. What is the university’s procedure for identifying my disability and documenting my need for accommodations?

  2. May I take a reduced course load as an accommodation?  If so, will this affect my financial aid and ability to live in the residence halls?

  3. To what extent are the faculty aware of various disabilities?  Are they willing to work with these students?  In what ways?  Is there anyone who knows which faculty members are likely to be the most helpful?

  4. If the school requires placement exams for math, English, reading how do I arrange for test accommodations?

  5. What is the process to receive advising (selection of courses) and to register for courses for students with disabilities?

  6. Is tutoring available?  Is it individualized?  Is it peer tutoring or professional tutoring?  Is tutoring available in all subjects?  Is there a limit to the amount of tutoring I may receive?

If you have a learning disability:

  1. If I am having trouble with my classes, is tutoring available?  Who pays for tutors?  How do I arrange for a tutor?

  2. Reading is a problem for me.  Can I get my textbooks, tests, handouts, and other materials in a digital format?

  3. Can I get extended time for taking tests?  How is that arranged?

  4. I have problems with mathematical calculations.  Will I be allowed to use a calculator in my math classes?

  5. I have a lot of trouble with essay tests.  Is it possible for me to take those orally?

  6. Is there someone available to help me with written work – to proofread assignments, write essays to my dictation, and so on?

  7. Where can I get academic and career counseling?

  8. How do I make arrangements for a note taker in my classes

  9. What other services are provided on this campus for someone with a learning disability?

  10. What are my responsibilities for making sure I get the services I need?

If you have low vision or are blind:

  1. I will need my textbooks, tests, handouts, and so on put on tape.  How do I make those arrangements?

  2. I would like to have a reader.  Who is responsible for finding, training, scheduling, and paying someone to read for me?  What are my responsibilities?

  3. What kinds of arrangements exist for me to take my tests with the reader and someone else writing my answers?  How do I arrange to type or tape my answers?

  4. What kinds of adaptive equipment are available here on campus for my use?  Are there talking calculators?  Is there an Optacon?  Visualtek machine?  Kurzweil machine [a machine that converts printed text into spoken words]?  Talking terminals in the computer center?  How many other people will be using these adaptive devices?  Will I have trouble getting access to them when I need to?

  5. What kind of assistance is available to me when I need to use the library for research purposes?

If you are hard of hearing or deaf:

  1. How do I make arrangements for note takers in my classes?  Who does the scheduling?  How are note takers recruited, how are they paid, and so on?

  2. Who makes arrangements for interpreters?  Are interpreters available for non-classroom (e.g., extracurricular) activities?  Will I get priority (early) registration for classes?

  3. What systems do signing interpreters use?  Are there oral interpreters?

  4. Do you have infrared listening systems available for my use in any of the classrooms?

  5. Is there a TTY available to me on campus?  Whose office do I call on my TTY if I need a message relayed to a professor on campus?  [These telecommunications machines send printed words over telephone wires.]

  6. Do any of the televisions in the dorms have closed captioning?

  7. What types of accommodations are available to me for taking tests, since my disability may interfere with my ability to understand oral instructions?

  8. What other services and programs are available in the community for someone with a hearing impairment?

  9. Does the campus have a speech and hearing center or clinic?

  10. Where can I get academic and career counseling on campus?

  11. What other services are provided on this campus for someone with a hearing impairment?

  12. What are my responsibilities for getting the services I need?