Students that are registered with Disability Services are responsible for:
- Being an advocate for yourself
- Collaborating with faculty to discuss approved accommodation needs and situations that may arise
- Keeping Disability Services informed of new diagnoses/medications/situational changes which may affect your ability to function in an academic setting
- Requesting amendments or additions to academic accommodation plans
- Requesting auxiliary services (interpreters, alternative texts, CART reporting, video captioning, test proctoring, etc.)
- Requesting that Accommodation Letters be sent to their professors on a semester-by-semester basis. Registered students must send the Disability Services Specialist their semester schedules each semester. This schedule indicates that the student wishes to receive accommodations again that semester and that Disability Services has the student’s permission to inform their professors of their accommodations. It is not done automatically. Semester schedules can be sent via (), by fax (256-233-8143), or in person to Disability Services. Schedules should include the following information:
- Student Name
- Student Number
- Course Name
- Date/Time of Class
- Delivery Mode: DL- Online, DL-Blended, Traditional
Services and Accommodations
The following services and accommodations may be offered to students registered with Disability Services. Please note that this is not an inclusive list of accommodations that Disability Services offers and all accommodation requests are made on an individualized basis.
Students are encouraged to sign up for a free individual membership for Bookshare (www.bookshare.org). Bookshare has accessible textbooks readily available for members. Disability Services will work with individuals and Bookshare to verify disabilities and to help students utilize the website and technology.
If books are not readily available from Bookshare, students may request accessible reading materials from Disability Services. Please request Alt-Text conversions with at least 6 weeks’ notice and schedule an appointment to provide proof-of-purchase of textbooks . Formats such as Braille, Braille music, and Tactile Formats require 12 working weeks to complete. We cannot guarantee that we will fulfill all last-minute requests, but we will make a good-faith effort to fulfill the request. Requests should be made via phone (256-233-8143), (), or in person at Disability Services. Disability Services will need the following information:
- Student Name
- Semester Needed
- Format Needed
- Course Number
An Alternative Text Request Form is available for your convenience by clicking here.
When contacting future instructors, students need to explain that they will be in their classes next semester and need printed materials in an accessible format. Students should request advance copies of any print materials needed during the semester. This may include, but is not limited to, course packets, handouts, articles, syllabi, and extra desk copies of textbook(s). Explain to the instructors that any materials they lend or donate might be cut and removed from the binding if conversion services are necessary. RENTAL TEXTBOOKS MAY BE DISASSEMBLED WITH SPECIAL AUTHORIZATION.
Disability Services coordinates Interpreters/CART/Video Captioning services for students at Athens State University. Students needing Interpreter/Cart/Video Captioning services are encouraged to make requests for these services with preferably four weeks’ notice prior to the first date of request and provide a written schedule for all classes, labs, and meeting in which they will need services. Requests can be made via or in person at Disability Services. We cannot guarantee that we will fulfill all last-minute requests, but we will make a good-faith effort to fulfill the request.
An Interpreters/CART/Video Captioning Request Form is available for your convenience by clicking here.
Disability Services provides Exam Proctoring to students registered with Disability Services that are provided this accommodation. Students are responsible for communicating this need to their professors and requesting tests/examinations to be delivered to Disability Services. Requests for Exam Proctoring should be made with at least one week’s notice and testing appointments are available on a first come first serve basis. We cannot guarantee that we will fulfill all last-minute requests, but we will make a good-faith effort to fulfill the request.
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Dragon Naturally Speaking software is available on loan through Disability Services office.
Live Scribe Pens
Live Scribe Pens are available on loan through Disability Services.
Equipment Loan form is available for your convenience by clicking here.