Accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

Professional Hands Institute (PHI) provides reasonable accommodations, modifications or adjustments to the environment or to the way things are usually done to enable individuals with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to participate in an academic program. Accommodations include changes that enable a student with a disability to perform the essential functions of an academic program, and adaptations that enable a student with a disability to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of the program. Accommodations provide an alternative way to accomplish the course requirements by eliminating or reducing disability-related barriers.

According to The Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) postsecondary institutions are responsible for providing necessary accommodations when a student discloses a disability. Only if the student has disclosed a disability, PHI is responsible for providing accommodations. A student with a disability must disclose his/her disability during the admissions process, then PHI determines whether the student is eligible for services and, if so, coordinates appropriate accommodations and services based on the documentation provided and in consultation with the student. It is the student’s responsibility who seeks disability-related accommodations and services to provide written documentation of their disabilities. 

Disability Type & Accommodation Examples

Low Vision

Seating near front of the class.

Large print exams, handouts, signs, equipment/material labels.

Image-enlarging technology (e.g., TV monitor, magnifier).

Electronic format for syllabi, assignments, readings, resources.

Supplementary light source.

Blindness

Audio-recorded, electronic-formatted lecture notes, handouts, and texts.

Verbal or audio descriptions of visuals and videos.

Tactile models of graphic materials.

Hearing Loss

Seating near the instructor/speaker with an unobstructed view of the speaker’s face • Real-time captioning.

Note taker.

Alternate location for testing that has reduced auditory and visual distraction.

Visual aids and written supplements to spoken instructions.

Written assignments, lab instructions, summaries, notes.

Use of email for class and private discussions.

Learning Disability

Note taker.

Audio recorded lectures.

Captioned lectures.

Extended time on exams and assignments.

Alternative testing arrangements/locations.

Instructions provided in multiple formats, including visual, aural and tactile.

Concise oral instructions, clear written instructions and well organized visual aids.

Speech Impairment

Alternative assignments for oral presentations (e.g., written assignments, one-to-one presentation).

Course substitutions.

Assignments made available in electronic format.

Flexibility with in-class discussions (e.g., consider online discussion boards).

PHI provides reasonable accommodations based on the disability type and academic activity: 

Testing and assessment: 

Adjusting the environment to facilitate ease of communication (e.g., adding supplemental lighting).

Providing an alternative, quiet testing location.

Providing test materials in alternative formats.

Allowing extra time to complete the examination.

Providing reading services.

For students who are blind, accommodations may include tests given in electronic formats or on audiotape.

For students with mobility disabilities, providing accessible seating,  extended test-taking time and electronic versions of the test are effective accommodations.

Practicum, internship, and clinical experiences:

Modifying therapy and assessment rooms at internship and practicum sites (e.g., arranging furniture, using adjustable tables) for students with mobility impairments.

For students who are deaf or hard of hearing, providing FM loop systems, sign language interpreters, speech-to-text services and extended time.

Changing the location of protocols, forms and other supplies so they are more accessible to a student  in a wheelchair.

Providing printed material in large print or on audiotape.