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Faculty FAQs

How will I know if a student with a disability is enrolled in one of my courses?
Students registered with the CDR will present an Accommodation Letter that outlines CDR recommendations for accommodations for your course. The CDR strongly encourages students with disabilities to present these letters at the beginning of the semester, however, some students elect not to for a variety of reasons. The CDR advises these students that accommodations are not retroactive and are more difficult to negotiate later in the semester. If you suspect that a student has a disability and is in need of accommodations, please contact the CDR.

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Why do students with disabilities often need testing accommodations?
In some cases, students with disabilities are entitled to accommodations related to administration of examinations. These testing accommodations modify, in specific ways, the way an exam is administered to students. Typical testing accommodations include extended time in which to complete the exam, alternate format (e.g. large print), a smaller proctored environment in which to take the exam, and the use of a computer or other assistive technology. The intent of testing accommodations is not to alter performance requirements or lessen course standards; rather, their purpose is to ensure equal access to the testing setting for students with relevant disabilities and to remove barriers that traditional exam administration presents.

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How are reasonable accommodations determined by the CDR?
Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis after the CDR considers the student's needs as described in their disability documentation. The CDR has established strict disability documentation guidelines that provide enough information to determine the student's disability status and their related accommodation needs. Faculty members also have the opportunity to consult with the CDR on the final determination of accommodations for each of their courses and students. Some accommodations may be appropriate in one course, but not in another.

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What should I do if a student approaches me about an accommodation that was not included in the Accommodation Letter from the CDR?
Faculty should refer students to the CDR to evaluate the student's new request. The CDR will review their request along with their disability information and consult with the faculty member to determine if the student's requested accommodation is appropriate for that course.

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What is assistive technology and what types of students with disabilities benefit from it?
Assistive technology is any piece of computer software, hardware, or equipment that makes technology accessible to people with disabilities. Examples of assistive technology include screen magnification software, screen reading software, Braille translation software, accessible computer or laboratory stations, or audio textbooks.

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Where is CDR and what are your hours?
3424 S. State Street - 1C3-2
Chicago, IL 60616

Office hours are by appointment and generally occur Monday - Friday, between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. Please call 312.567.5744 for an appointment or email disabilities@iit.edu.

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