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Students who have conditions that preclude them from completing this form may request assistance through Student Accessibility Resources (SAR) by contacting the Accessibility Specialist -
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* In order to qualify for alternative format textbooks or course material options, the student must have a print disability - a learning, physical or visual disability that prevents a person from reading conventional printed documents or physical textbooks.
Regarding textbooks in alternative formats - even if you do not have a print disability, publishers typically provide various formats for purchase. Many digital textbooks are available through either Redshelf (can make purchases through the WVSU bookstore) or Vitalsource. These formats also have the advantage of typically being at a lower cost than the physical textbooks as well as typically offering resources and study tools.
Access to these platforms and formats do not need to be requested through this accommodation process.
For Redshelf, you can view availability online by clicking here OR contact the WVSU Bookstore (304-766-3351 or email@example.com) to determine which textbooks are available through the this platform.
The Vitalsource platform can be accessed at https://www.vitalsource.com/.
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All requests for new accommodations must be followed up with an access consultation with the accessibility specialist. You may request an appointment using the appointment request option below.
Documentation from an appropriate professional is part of the access consultation and reasonable accommodation determination process.
You can request current records from your provider or have them fill out the Disability Verification Form available from SAR.
If you do not have access to documentation of your diagnosis and how it impacts you, ask the Accessibility Specialist for a list of referral sources you can utilize.
For academic accommodations, final approval of some accommodation options are dependent on your schedule of courses for which you are registered. The access consultation should be scheduled for a time after you will register or have registered for classes.
For incoming freshmen or transfer students - You are encouraged to register for the earliest possible New Student Orientation date, for fall admission it is typically in May. This will allow enough time for you to register for classes and scheduling your access consultation prior to the start of the semester.
Testing accommodations are changes to the regular testing environment as well as aids and services a student may utilize during a test that allow students with disabilities to demonstrate their true aptitude or achievement level.
Alternative text options are for those students with a print disability - a learning, physical or visual disability that prevents a person from reading or utilizing conventional print.
Even if you do not have a print disability, publishers typically provide various textbook formats for purchase. Many digital textbooks are available through Redshelf (through the WVSU bookstore) or Vitalsource.
Access to Redshelf or Vitalsource do not need to be requested through this accommodation process.
Classroom accommodations may involve changes in the structures, physical environment as well as the way in which information is communicated or recorded within the classroom. The accommodations are intended to help students with disabilities obtain the same information and have a similar experience as those of other students.
Accessible Media allows students to read a text description of what is said in audiovisual materials (videos, podcasts, etc). It is provided when a student is unable to utilize the auditory information due to a condition such as hearing impairment or certain learning disabilities.
WVSU is committed to providing equal access by creating an information and communication technology (ICT) environment that is accessible to all, including students with disabilities.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) resources are any electronic resources used for instruction, information distribution, or communication. ICT resources include, but are not limited to, software applications, computers, hardware systems, telecommunication products, and mobile devices.
The university will provide accessibility options for any ICT resources on campus.
An accommodation related to attendance, class participation or deadline extensions is usually considered when a qualified student experiences unpredictable exacerbations of severe adverse symptoms/effects of the student’s disability which may make it difficult to periodically meet the expectations of a particular course.
Neither a complete waiver of attendance nor blanket extensions for assignment deadlines are generally considered reasonable. We have identifed both regular attendance in classes as well as timely completion of assignments as often being essential for the pace of the course, the understanding of the material as well as are considered paramount to a student’s success in our courses.
Students must factor in the reality of their own personal situation and use their time effectively to complete assignments. This accommodation is not intended to rectify poor time-management skills or decision making unrelated to a student's disability.
There are too many variables to approve these types of accommodation requests with a blanket number of absences or an amount of time extension that applies to all types of courses, assignments, and/or situations. Any modifications to a faculty member's stated policy will be determined on an individualized, case-by-case and situational basis. This may include obtaining information from faculty to determine aspects such as the level of interaction required and essential for the course, the impact on other students as well as the average time other students take for a given assignment.
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All requests for new accommodations must be followed up with an access consultation with the accessibility specialist. Request an appointment using the appointment request option below.
Regarding textbooks in alternative formats - Publishers typically provide various formats for purchase. When available, many digital textbooks are available through either Redshelf (purchase through WVSU bookstore) or Vitalsource. These formats also have the advantage of typically being at a lower cost than the physical textbooks as well as offering resources and study tools.
For Redshelf - you can contact the WVSU Bookstore (304-766-3351 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine which textbooks are available through the bookstore on this platform.
Request an appointment using the appointment request option below.
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