The learning environment may directly affect the ability of a student with a disability to participate and keep up with course work. Most necessary accommodations are simple techniques which can promote increased participation. These accommodations are usually compensatory in nature, allowing the student with a disability to bypass usual channels but still obtain results similar to other students. Modifications apply to course procedures and processes and not to course content.
Students with a disability should expect to maintain the standards that apply to everyone else in the course and request only those alterations in course requirements that directly confront the disability. Being penalized for simply having a disability is unacceptable, as is expecting more than appropriate academic adjustments for the disability. Deciding which accommodations to request is determined by the student's documentation and discussion between the student and the Disabilities Services counselor.
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