Blind and Low Visual Impairments

To obtain disability accommodations and services, students must register with DRS by providing current and appropriate medical or professional documentation and by meeting with a DRS Coordinator for an Initial Appointment. Based on the individual student's documentation, the Coordinator will assess the student's functional limitations and academic needs, and from those, will determine the necessary accommodations and services for which the student is eligible. After registering for classes each semester, students are responsible for scheduling an appointment with their Coordinator to arrange reasonable accommodations and services for that semester.

In addition to the general services available to all students registered with DRS, the following accommodations may be available to students who are blind or have visual impairments:

  • Alternate format course materials

  • Permission to audio record lectures

  • Notetaker 

  • Preferential classroom seating

  • Use of specialized equipment or assistive technology

  • Lab accommodations

  • Test accommodations

If alternate format materials, such as textbooks are essential to a student's equal access, the student is responsible for registering early, completing the book list request form, and turning it in to the DRS Coordinator prior to the beginning of the semester so that books can be ordered. If the request is turned in late, DRS will attempt to provide the accommodation; however, there is no guarantee that alternate format materials will be available by the beginning of classes.