Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

How to Request and Receive Accommodations

  1. Enroll in classes first if possible. While it is not always necessary to do this before meeting with the Disability Services Coordinator, it is often helpful since the accommodations needed may differ depending on what classes you are enrolled in.
    • Register as early as possible. This is especially helpful if you need alternative format texts, sign language interpreters, or a class schedule with specific time constraints due to transportation or disability-related needs.
    • Provide yourself with enough time to get from class to class throughout the day.
    • Plan for breaks if there are disability related issues that will need to be addressed during your school day.
    • Consider other relevant issues when selecting your classes, such as: class sizes (large vs. small), length of class time, times of the day, and the total number of credit hours enrolled (full-time vs. part-time).
  2. Meet with the Disability Services Coordinator to discuss accommodations requested along with what accommodations are considered reasonable and appropriate for your course and degree program.
    • The Disability Services Coordinator will talk with you to help decide what accommodations are reasonable and appropriate based on your individual needs, selected course/degree program, and disability documentation provided.
  3. Provide current documentation of your disability.
    • In most cases, you will need to provide appropriate documentation of your disability before accommodations are considered. There is no specific age limit for the documentation (example: must be within 5 years), but it should reflect your current level of functioning and must include information related to the current functional impact of the disability.
    • If you are unsure whether or not you have appropriate documentation of your disability, please consult with the Disability Services Coordinator.
  4. Provide each of your course instructors with a disability accommodation notification form, which has been prepared for you by the Disability Services Coordinator.
    • Once the student and the Disability Services Coordinator have agreed upon reasonable accommodations for a class, the Disability Services Coordinator will prepare a disability accommodation notification form which the student must present to each course instructor if they are receiving accommodations in that class. This is an official document specifying the accommodations to be provided for a specific course.
    • The student and the instructor should establish good communication to ensure optimal provision of accommodations, especially when scheduling special testing arrangements such as taking a test with an extended time limit in the Testing Center.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to work with course instructors, the Disability Services Coordinator, and other relevant departments on campus (such as the Testing Center) as needed to facilitate the accommodations being provided.
    • Students must renew their disability accommodation notifications with the Disability Services Coordinator each new semester and for each new course they enroll in.

Helpful Tips

  • Get the most out of your college experience by utilizing as many services as possible, such as tutoring, Project SOAR, and using our computer labs and libraries.
  • If you receive extended testing time as an accommodation, remind your instructors of this and confirm your testing arrangements a few days in advance of when the test is scheduled.
  • If you are having problems receiving your accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator as soon as possible.