Eastern Michigan University

Analysis of the Accommodation Process

The purpose of providing college academic accommodations to students with diagnosed disabilities is to ensure that a student has equal access and is not discriminated against because of the disability. The manner in which an environment is designed (lecture and assessment style, policies and procedures, and the physical layout of a space, for example) often determines the extent a person feels the impact of a disability. As a result, the focus of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) is to advocate for an accessible educational experience.

In some situations, the DRC may recommend or require that university community members and departments incorporate modifications in order for the educational experience to be accessible for the student. In other situations, the DRC may confirm that the environment is accessible or equitable as it is and inform the student the requested accommodations are unreasonable. Each situation is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The DRC works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create an inclusive educational environment. DRC staff can facilitate dialogue with all relevant parties until a reasonable outcome is achieved. What is deemed a reasonable accommodation will vary on a case-by-case basis depending on how the disability impacts various aspects of the student's college experience. How accommodations are carried out differs from one situation to another because both the environment and student variables must be considered.