Accommodations Basics

Individualized Approach

Accommodations look different for every person and depend on what each individual needs during their time at Mizzou. Needs may even vary from semester to semester. Your accommodation plan is unique to you and may include one or more of the accommodations below. You may require an accommodation not featured on this list – your Access Advisor will be able to let you know what is/isn’t appropriate for your situation.

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Alternative Text

Students with print-related disabilities may be eligible to receive a copy of their reading materials in a digital format that can be read aloud using text-to-speech software or screen readers. Other formats may include Braille or enlarged print. The Disability Center collaborates with the Adaptive Computing Technology (ACT) Center on campus to convert these materials into an accessible format and provide students with appropriate assistive technology to meet their needs.

ACT Center
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Course Substitution or Reduce Course Load

If you are a student with a disability, you are expected to complete the same degree requirements as your peers. However, in some cases you may request a substitution or replacement for an academic requirement as a reasonable accommodation. You can also reduce your number of credit hours without negatively affecting your status as a full-time student.

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Service and Emotional Support Animals

You can bring a service animal to Mizzou without prior approval. However, contacting the Disability Center can ensure a smooth experience bringing the animal to campus. You may bring an emotional support animal into Residential Life facilities by requesting the animal as a housing accommodation; but you must first establish a housing accommodation plan and provide documentation supporting your request. Emotional support animals are not permitted into classrooms, meetings or other university facilities.

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Exams

Exam accommodations refer to a number of accommodations related to how a student takes timed assessments, such as exams, quizzes, and finals. This may include extended time, a distraction-reduced environment, use of a scribe, and use of assistive technology like a reader pen. Students utilizing exam accommodations should talk with their instructors to determine if they will be testing with their instructor or if they will need to request to take their exam with the Disability Center.

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Flexible Attendance and Deadlines

Students are expected to follow established classroom attendance and deadline policies. However, some disabilities are episodic in nature resulting in students occasionally missing class or an assignment deadline. Flex accommodations build in a limited amount of flexibility to address the impact of acute exacerbations of a student’s disability on attendance and deadline completions.

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Clinical Accommodations

Clinical accommodations permit equal access to students in clinical clerkships, rotations, internships, and fieldwork. Clinical accommodations are individualized, determined on a case-by-case basis, and typically require more extensive planning and involvement of multiple parties compared to non-clinical accommodations. As such, students entering clinical or fieldwork are encouraged to reach out to their access advisor well in advance of their experience to provide time for the interactive process.

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Housing

Housing accommodations are provided in collaboration with the Residential Life office. To receive housing accommodations on campus, you must complete a housing contract with Residential Life and establish an accommodation plan with the Disability Center. The Disability Center will connect you with Residential Life staff, who help you explore your housing options and how those work with certain types of accommodations.

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Communication Access

The Disability Center provides sign language interpreters, captioning, transcription, and other communication access methods to students who are d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing.

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Note-Taking Assistance

Note-taking accommodations allow students for whom their disability affects their ability to take notes to capture lecture materials. Accommodations may include audio recording of lectures, copies of PowerPoint slides, the use of assistive technology, or peer notetakers. What type of accommodation is provided is based on how the student’s disability impacts their ability to take notes and the design of the course.

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