Disability Services - Accommodation Myths

Myths, Assumptions and Requests that are not considered Reasonable

  • If I need more testing to verify my disability, the university will pay for and provide the testing.
  • The university will automatically provide the course modifications that are authorized on my last high school IEP or 504 plan.
  • My doctor wrote the diagnosis on one of those pads like they write prescriptions on. It can be taken to any institution and they will give me accommodations. They'll understand it.
  • Whatever accommodations I say I need must be provided.
  • Accommodations are based on what I want.
  • The accommodations I need will be the same in all classes.
  • Because of my disability, admission and/or graduation requirements won't apply.
  • The university will keep increasing my accommodations until I am able to pass a class. My accommodations guarantee I will pass my courses.
  • I don't do well in math, so the university will waive this requirement for me.
  • My instructors are not allowed to fail me since I have a disability.
  • Instructors must give me their personal notes, outlines, study guides and a practice exam.
  • If I have a problem, then later notify the instructor and Office of Student Development that I need accommodations, I can redo and retake assignments and test so the results can be adjusted.
  • Accommodations are retroactive.
  • Any absences will automatically be excused if I am sick or if it is disability related.
  • I can take only half of the normal test. The tests will have to be shorter for me.
  • I can always have unlimited time to complete assignments or exams.
  • My tests will all be open book and open notes since that was something they did for me in high school.
  • The university will call and wake me up to make sure I get to class on time.
  • The university will help me with my transportation needs from my residence to the campus.
  • The university has to pay tuition and fees for students with disabilities and help with the cost of books.
  • The university will be violating the law if they don't give me one-on-one tutoring.
  • The university will provide me with a personal assistant.
  • I need a wheelchair. The university will provide me with one.
  • I see that the other student with disabilities in my classroom has been provided with a special table or chair. If that's what students with disabilities receive, I should get one too.
  • I can have the sign language interpreter I want.
  • I signed a FERPA waiver so disability services will work with my parent instead of me. My parent can take my place in meeting with the Office of Student Development or to get more accommodations added.
  • I get anxious a lot, so I can take my dog to class whenever I feel stressed because it makes me feel more calm.

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