The word “accommodation” is many times misunderstood in relation to its application to students with disabilities. Accommodation provides a method whereby a student with a disability can demonstrate his or her knowledge and abilities when traditional methods are inadequate. An accommodation in no way implies giving someone an unfair advantage over other students.
The ADA goes on to describe that accommodations must be “reasonable.”
An accommodation is not considered reasonable if:
- Making the accommodation or allowing participation poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
- Making the accommodation means making a substantial change in an essential element of the curriculum or a substantial alteration in the manner in which services are provided.
- It poses an undue financial or administrative burden.
Students with disabilities are required to meet the same academic standards as other students. Students with disabilities are not allowed to use their disability as an excuse to complete substandard work.
Descriptions of common disabilities here
Descriptions of commonly requested accommodations here