Disability - “A person with a disability” means, “any person who has a physical or mental impairment (disability) that substantially limits them in a major life activity. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working. A major life activity also includes the operation of a major bodily function, including but not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.”  – Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Sec. 12102)

Books on Audio – Students are provided an audio version of the required book(s); or an electronic copy of the text is provided for use with screen reading technology.

Breaks as Needed – The student may need to leave class, or an exam for a short amount of time.

Distraction Free Testing Area – A separate area for the student to take an exam, quiz or timed essay alone.

Distraction Reduced Testing Area – An area which is separate from the rest of the class, but could contain a small group of students.

Electronic Copies – All handouts should be provided to the student in an electronic format which can be used with assistive technology.

Elevator Access – The classroom location should have access to an elevator if it is on any floor of a building other than the main floor.

Enlarged Font- All handouts (including tests, exams, and quizzes) should be provided in an enlarged font (font size negotiated by the faculty and student together).

Extended Time 100% - The student is allowed twice the amount of time given for any in-class exams, quizzes or timed essays. (Ex. The student would receive two hours for a one hour exam)

Extended Time 50% - The student is allowed one and a half times the amount of time given for any in-class exams, quizzes or timed essays. (Ex. The student would receive one and a half hours for a one hour exam)

Flexibility with Attendance (formally called Excused Absences) - Some students qualify for reasonable flexibility regarding attendance. When you see this code it means the student “may miss, be late for, or need to leave early from class, if necessitated by a medical condition.” Students with such an accommodation have medical conditions for which they cannot predict when flare-ups will occur, but such flare-ups would render the student unable to participate in class.

Students who qualify for this accommodation are required to discuss with their professor how this may impact class expectations with regards to attendance. Modification of an attendance policy is not automatically provided as an accommodation at Amherst College; instead such issues are deferred to the specific faculty member involved, as the faculty are who set the requirements and standards needed to complete their course. For this reason, students are instructed to sit down with faculty and devise (and record) a plan for the implementation of this accommodation. Requests for modification should be decided on a case-by-case basis and include how to address potentially missed critical lectures, discussions, and labs; as well as pop quizzes, tests, assignments and other graded work for the course. ***Please see the attached form at the bottom of this page for help developing parameters and a contingency plan for the use of this accommodation.

Food as Needed – The student needs flexibility to eat or drink in class (provided that does not pose a safety issue).

Handwritten Papers – The student is not required to type their work.

No Handwritten Papers – The student is not required to handwrite material, but can type it instead.

Note Taker – The student utilizes notes from another student in the class who has be hired by Accessibility Services (this is important in the event there is a concern about plagiarized material on exams, papers, problem sets, etc.).

Reader – The student with this accommodation works with another student who reads material to them, either in person or in recorded form.

Staggered Work/Exams – Students may request flexibility on due dates for papers or exams when a student has conflicting due dates for these in other courses. This accommodation will be requested in advance, and will be negotiated between the faculty and the student together.

Use of Calculator – The student is allowed the use of a calculator on an exam where simple math calculations are required, but are not an essential learning objective of the course. Faculty can determine the type of calculator which is appropriate. 

Use of Laptop – The student is allowed to use a laptop to take notes during class, or to type answers to an exam or quiz.