What kind of documentation is required to receive accommodations?

Current documentation from a qualified medical or psychological professional is required in most cases. Documentation should be current and be in the form of medical records, psychological evaluation reports, typed doctors notes on letterhead, and include diagnosis, prognosis, and any functional...

What types of accommodations are typically provided?

Accommodations are approved on a case by case basis. There is no set list that comes with a specific diagnosis. Some examples of accommodations that may be provided, but are not limited to, are: extended testing time, distraction reduced testing room, permission to audio record lectures,...

When is the best time to request services?

Accommodations can be requested at any time during the semester. However, we encourage all students who may qualify to meet with our office prior to the semester starting to ensure accommodations are in place when needed. Please note, accommodations are not retroactive and some accommodations...

A student has requested accommodations, but he/she does not have a Student Disability Services Letter of Accommodation. What should I do?

Unless a Student Disability Services Letter of Accommodation is on file, an instructor does not have to make accommodations for a student. Please refer the student to Student Disability Services at 208.562.2410 or 208.562.2496.

A student is having difficulty in my class, but does not have a Student Disability Services Letter of Accommodation. What should I do?

The College of Western Idaho believes that students should develop skills of self-advocacy, be aware of their disabilities, and assist in the process of finding strategies to be successful. Ultimately, it is the student’s decision to seek assistance from the Student Disability Services. If...

A student with a Student Disability Services Letter of Accommodation needs extended test time, a distraction reduced setting and/or a reader. What do I do?

  • If student needs testing accommodations, it is the student’s responsibility to remind the instructor of his/her needs 3 days prior to the test date.
  • The Ada Campus Lynx Building and Nampa Campus Micron Education Center currently have testing centers, and students
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As an instructor, what else can I do to help students receiving accommodations?

Instructors can help by:

  • Taking the time to read the student’s Student Disability Services Letter of Accommodation.
  • Asking questions if an accommodation request is not clear. Communication and compliance are important keys to accommodating students
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Can students change their minds about using or not using accommodations?

Yes. Students have the choice on when to use their accommodations. However, it is important to discuss and communicate with their instructors that they have met with Student Disability Services and have accommodations in place. Example: You may need extended testing time on math tests but not...

Do I have to inform the college that I have a disability?

No. However, in order to provide accommodations, students must self-identify and make initial contact with our office. In any event, your disclosure of a disability is always voluntary.

If a student with a disability qualifies for accommodations in high school, will they receive the same accommodations in college?

A students' history of accommodations is discussed during the intake process and is considered when applying accommodations in college. Colleges are not required to provide accommodations that fundamentally alter the nature of a class or activity. In addition, accommodations provided...

Is the Student Disability Services Letter of Accommodation retroactive?

No. Accommodations start when the student meets with their instructor with their Letter of Accommodation. Students must have a new Letter of Accommodation each semester with the current accommodations listed.

One of my students brought me documentation about their disability. What should I do?

Instructors should not accept a student’s disability documentation. Instructors should only accept a copy of the student’s Student Disability Services Letter of Accommodation. If a student does not have a notice, please refer the student to Student Disability Services at 208.562.2410...

One of my students brought me documentation about their disability. What should I do?

Instructors should not accept a student’s disability documentation. Instructors should only accept a copy of the student’s Student Disability Services Letter of Accommodation. If a student does not have a notice, please refer the student to Student Disability Services at 208.562.2410...

One of my students claims he/she has a disability and needs accommodations. What should I do?

Please refer the student to Student Disability Services at 208.562.2410 or 208.562.2496 . You can never assume that a student who is struggling has a disability.

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