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Academic Accommodations

Academic accommodations for students are determined on an individual case-by-case basis.  Students with documented disabilities desiring an accommodation plan for support should schedule an appointment with Accessibility Services.

Alternate Testing

Students requesting alternative testing services must have supporting documentation on file in Accessibility Services indicating a need for testing accommodations.  Testing accommodations may include extended time, quiet room, test scribe, test reader, computer use, etc. 

Alternate Format Text

Students with print disabilities can request alternate format text books and reading material.  Students who need this accommodation must complete the Text in Alternate Format form and return it to Accessibility Services.

Read Speaker

Read Speaker is a text-to-speech program that provides visual and auditory feedback of text. It offers support to all students especially struggling readers and writers, those with literacy difficulties or visual impairments and English language learners.

Audio Recording

Accessibility Services, where appropriate, may recommend that a student with a qualifying disability be permitted to audio record class lectures as a form of academic accommodation.

Note Taking

Students who are limited in their ability to independently take effective notes in class for some disability-related reason may be eligible for notetaking services.  Students must meet with Accessibility Services to determine if notetaking service in an appropriate accommodation.

Deaf/HOH Services

Accessibility Services provides services for students, faculty, staff and the general public who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf/blind for university sponsored courses, programs and events.

Adaptive Technology

A variety of assistive technology is available for eligible students. Materials are checked out at Accessibility Services

Service and Emotional Support Animals

Service animals assisting individuals with disabilities are generally permitted in all facilities and programs on the Southwest Minnesota State University campus. Emotional support animals are permitted with proper documentation of the need.


Some students struggle with course attendance due to the impact of their disability.  Accessibility Services may provide advocacy in this area if appropriate.

Early Registration

Early registration is provided to student’s who are part of Accessibility Services. The designation is noted in ISRS.

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