According to Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act & the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),

“A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, or activity that enables a qualified student with a disability to obtain equal access. Equal access means an opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to a similarly situated student without a disability. Only the peripheral requirements of courses, programs, and activities are subject to modification; essential elements of courses, programs, and activities must remain intact.”  During the intake appointment, the coordinator and student will discuss and determine the necessary academic modifications, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services that will be needed to ensure academic access for the student.

Academic accommodations refer to changes in the academic environment or the way in which things are customarily done to ensure students with disabilities have equal educational opportunities to participate in the most integrated settings possible. Provisions of academic adjustments by postsecondary institutions do not require institutions to lower academic and technical standards or substantially modify essential requirements.

Academic Adjustments refer to changes in the academic environment and academic exams for students with disabilities.

  • Alternative testing
  • Relaxation of attendance/tardiness
  • Scribe for exams
  • Calculator use for exams
  • Personal assistants
  • Service animals
  • In-class breaks from prolonged sitting
  • Leaving and returning to classroom on occasion
  • Priority seating as necessary
  • Placement of adjustable tables and/or chairs in classrooms as necessary
  • Setting up accessible computer workstations
  • Use of adaptive software or devices during exams

Aids and Services refers to effective means of communication for students with disabilities.

  • Audio recording or transcription/captioning in-class lectures and class discussions
  • Note-takers refers to supplementing class notes or audio recording students with disabilities create with notes from another source
  • Adaptive technologies refers to software or devices that compensate for functioning disabilities affect
  • ASL interpreters
  • Alternate format textbooks
  • Handouts in alternate formats
  • Audiovisual presentations in alternate formats

Academic Modifications refers to changes in academic requirements (e.g. course substitutions and waivers) for students with disabilities.

  • Substituting specific courses or course work as a requisite for completing degree requirements
  • Extension of length of time established for completing degree requirements
  • Adaptation of the way a specific course is conducted

PERT Testing Accommodations

Computerized Placement Tests (PERT) administered at Florida Gateway College measure entry-level skills in the areas of writing, reading, and mathematics to ensure appropriate course placement. The PERT is not timed and therefore automatically accommodates those students who require extra time. Students who require other accommodations or test administration modification must make those arrangements with the Office of Accessibility Services prior to taking the placement tests.