Attempting to Accommodate for a Disability

Facts about Disability


  • Students with medically documented disabilities may be eligible for accommodations through the Office of Disability Services (ODS) (828.227.2716).
  • Students with physical disabilities may require alterations to the classroom layout associated with limitations in mobility, speaking, hearing, and/or vision.
  • Students with medical disorders may experience difficulties participating in their academic programs due to the condition itself or the ongoing treatment protocol.
  • Students with learning disabilities may have neurological impairments that affect information processing, memory and retrieval, and output. These disabilities can impact reading, writing, math, attention, concentration and/or overall organization.
  • Students with psychiatric disabilities have a condition that may affect their ability to participate in a routine educational program.
  • Students with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) may experience inattentive, hyperactive and/or impulsive behaviors. These behaviors may compromise an individual’s social, vocational and academic performance.
  • Students with disabilities may not realize that they have a particular problem and that treatment/ accommodations may be available.


  • Speak to the student in private about your concerns.
  • Treat each student with sensitivity and respect.
  • Refer the student to the ODS (828.227.2716).
  • Follow up on your questions about accommodations for the student with ODS.


  • Using patronizing language with the student.
  • Underestimating or overestimating the impact of disability.
  • Assuming the student qualifies for accommodations without ODS verification.

Office of Disability Services

144 Killian Annex  |  828.227.2716  |


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