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Frequently Asked Questions

How are testing accommodations provided?

You should discuss your specific needs for testing accommodations (e.g. extended time, separate location) with the ASDS staff within the first two weeks of a semester. It is in your best interest to self-identify to professors at the beginning of the semester. Waiting until after the first test or until the end of the semester may be interpreted by faculty as avoidance or lack of motivation.


Will I be assisted in choosing the courses I should take?

You may want to identify yourself as a student with a disability when you meet with your advisor. (For students in the FOCUS, academic advising by the LD Specialist is included.) It is important to be aware of your strengths and weaknesses when planning your semester. For example, if reading is challenging for you, it is helpful to balance your course load so that you do not take four courses which have heavy reading demands. This type of self-awareness may be important to share with an academic advisor as you plan a semester course load.


Are there smaller classes for students with LD?

All students with disabilities are fully integrated within every program at Ursuline College. There are no separate classes. Academic standards are not modified.


Can I use a tape recorder in classes?

Many students find that tape recorders are helpful in reviewing and adding to class notes. As a common courtesy, you should speak with your professor about using a tape recorder before you appear in class ready to tape. You may find it helpful to sit in the front of the classroom and use a tape recorder with a counter. When class begins, set the counter at 000. Take notes as best you can. If you know that you have missed information, jot down the number on the counter in the margin of your notebook next to the section where you are unsure of the notes. When you go back to review the tape, you can then fast forward it to the number on the counter which corresponds to the number in the margin. You can also compare your notes with a volunteer note taker from class, too.


Can I request a single room in a residence hall?

See the Resident Life portion of the Student handbook. Priority is based upon the nature of your disability and single room charges may be applied.


What is self-advocacy?

If you received accommodations in high school, teachers, counselors, or parents sometimes made decisions and arrangements for you. At the College, it is important that you play a more active role in your own education. You may not know where to begin. You may never have needed to explain your disability or personally request accommodations or services. Fortunately, the ASDS is committed to helping you learn to be an advocate for yourself in a variety of academic, work and social settings. You will be assisted in understanding your disability so that you can describe its impact on your learning to professors. The ASDS may also offer suggestions about services and accommodations that are appropriate to you. Once you learn to be an advocate for yourself, you will find many people at the College who will offer support, understanding and services which can help you succeed in college.