All the programs of postsecondary institutions, including extracurricular activities, must be accessible to students with disabilities. The schools can do this in several ways: by providing architectural access to buildings, including residential facilities; by providing aids and services necessary for effective communication, like sign language interpreters, Braille or electronic formats and assistive listening devices; and by modifying policies, practices and procedures, such as testing accommodations and access to school facilities for service animals. Accommodations and program modifications should be individually designed to meet the needs of the student with a disability.
Accommodations and modifications of policies and practices are not required when it would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program, or activity or give rise to an undue financial or administrative burden.
Postsecondary institutions often have an office that coordinates accommodations for students with disabilities. The student should notify the appropriate institutional office well in advance of the needed modification or accommodation. Technical guidance is available through the ADA National Network at 1-800-949-4232. For more information please visit:
- Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html (link is external)
- Auxiliary Aids and Services for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/auxaids.html (link is external)