Accommodation Plans

Each new student will be interviewed by an ADS staff person who will then create an individualized accommodation plan based on the student's needs.

Harper students explain how accommodation plans help them succeed.

  • "College is much more difficult. We have to do more stuff - homework, reading, and writing. It's hard to get all of the reading done, and they don't give you time in class or have a study hall to get it done like in high school. The reading is a lot harder to understand, there are more papers, the papers are longer, and the teachers expect better papers."

  • "Teachers in college expect more. In high school, teachers remind you all the time and go over things you need to know. Here teachers say things once in lectures and expect you to remember them. Sometimes they go so fast, it's hard to take notes."

  • "College is much harder. You don't spend as much time in school - you have to do more outside work. Tutoring helps me because I get more of my work done and be where I need to be with my work. I understand it better, and I've noticed it in my grades."

  • "There is more information on tests here so it helps to have more time. If I take a test with extra time, I can take my time and not be the last person out."

Why?

  • Your accommodation plan verifies that you have been approved for specific accommodations.

  • You must request your accommodations through your AIM portal.

  • You should have a confidential discussion with your instructors about your accommodations at the beginning of the semester.

How?

  • Request documentation of your disability from your high school, such as a 504 Plan, Summary of Performance, or copies of your IEPs.

  • For a medical or psychological disability, ADS can give or email you a DSM/Medical Release of Information form for you to sign and give to your doctor, psychologist or other diagnostic professional to record your diagnosis, and his/her recommendations for accommodations.

  • Contact the ADS office at 847-925-6266 and make an appointment for accommodation planning.

  • Upload documentation of your disability to your AIM application or bring to your intake appointment with a qualified ADS staff person.

Why?

You are eligible to have another student take notes for you if this accommodation is written on your accommodation plan.

How?

  • Discuss note-taking during the accommodation planning meeting with the ADS staff person.

  • Request a note-taker through your AIM portal.

  • Get a copy of the notes from the note-taker after each class.

  • Contact the ADS office at 847-925-6266 if you are unable to identify a note-taker or if your note-taker has not showed up for class.

Why?

You are eligible for the following testing accommodations if written into your accommodation plan.

  • Extended time on test in the Assessment and Testing Center (Room A148)

  • Use of assistive technology to enlarge the print on your test in Room I-103

  • Use of a reader or computer software to read your test to you in Room I-103 or the Assessment and Testing Center (Room A148)

  • Use of an interpreter to read your test to you in Room I-103

  • Use of a scribe or word processor to take your test in Room I-103

How?

  • Discuss testing accommodations during the accommodation planning meeting with the ADS staff person.

  • You must request your accommodations through your AIM portal. Once you request your accommodations, your instructor will receive your accommodation plan, and Instructor Contract. The Instructor Contract will require him/her to provide detailed proctoring instructions.
  • Submit Exam Request through your AIM portal. (See the AIM Alternative Testing Instructions Manual)
  • If taking the test in the Assessment and Testing Center, Room A148, remember to bring your Harper ID on the designated day/time of the test.

  • If you are taking your test in the ADS office, reserve a testing room in I-103 (space is limited).

  • Please see ADS Policies and Procedures for additional information regarding testing in ADS office (I-103).

Why?

You are eligible for Audio Textbooks if this accommodation is written into your accommodation plan.

How?

  • Discuss audio textbooks during the accommodation planning meeting with the ADS staff person.

  • Request audio textbooks and conversions through AIM portal. (Make Alternate Format Book Request)
  • Buy your textbooks and keep the receipts.

If the audio textbook is available through Learning Ally, an ADS staff person will call and tell you when the download is complete and the digital reader is ready for pick up at the ADS office.

  • If the textbook is not available through Learning Ally, an ADS staff person will call and tell you to make an appointment with the ADS Assistive Technology Specialist. It can take 3 to 4 weeks to process a request and produce an audio CD.

  • Bring your textbook(s), receipts for your textbook(s) and class syllabus/syllabi to the appointment with the Assistive Technology Specialist. Agree upon a schedule and timeline for converting your textbook(s) on to audio CDs.

  • All assistive technology equipment, including digital readers, must be returned before the end of the semester.  A reminder letter will be sent to you before the end of the semester requesting the return of the digital reader.

Why?

You are eligible for a sign language interpreter or captioning services if this accommodation is written into your accommodation plan.

How?

  • Discuss interpreter or captioning services during the accommodation planning meeting with the ADS staff person.
  • Request sign language interpreters through your AIM portal.
  • Contact the ADS office at least 24 hours in advance if you are going to be late or absent.

Utilizing Your Accommodations

This video shows you how to utilize the accommodations for which you are eligible.