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Disability Services



An accommodation is a modification or support that gives a student with a disability an equal opportunity to participate and benefit from Minnesota West. Accommodations are adjustments to how things are usually done. The purpose of effective accommodations is to increase a student’s chances for success.

Reasonable accommodations permit
a qualified student with a disability to effectively participate in the educational process. Examples are:

  1. Changes to a classroom environment or task. Examples might include:

    • extended time for an exam, the use of a dictionary or spell checker,
    • materials in alternative formats such as large print, audio tape or computer disk.
  2. Removal of architectural barriers. Examples might include:

    • adapting a classroom to meet the needs of a student who uses a wheelchair.
  3. Exceptions to policies, practices or procedures. Examples might include:

    • priority registration.
    • accessing assignments early.
  4. Provision of auxiliary aids and services. Examples might include:

    • providing a sign language interpreter.

    • providing a note taker or scribe.

In accordance with the law, there are some modifications that the college does not provide as a reasonable accommodation. Examples include:

  • personal devices such as wheelchairs or glasses.

  • personal services, such as private tutoring or personal attendants. Note: tutoring services may be available elsewhere at the campus.

  • modifications that lower or change course standards or program standards.

  • modifications that would change the essence of a program, such as allowing a student in an auto mechanics program to take a written test on repairing an engine instead of actually repairing an engine or allowing a student in a public speaking class to substitute a written paper for an oral presentation.

  • Services that are unduly burdensome, administratively or financially.

To receive a reasonable accommodation you must complete an Application for Disability Services and provide documentation of the disability.

The Disability Services Office will generally require documentation of the disability by the appropriate licensed professional in order to evaluate a request for a reasonable accommodation. Documentation should reflect the nature of the disability and how it affects you in an academic setting. The law allows the college to request recent documentation. If the disability has changed or fluctuates in intensity, then an up-to-date evaluation of the condition may be requested to determine reasonable accommodations.

Accommodations are arranged each term
and students need to communicate with the Disability Services Office prior to, or at the beginning, of each term to arrange for academic accommodations.