Initial meeting with DPRC

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How to prepare

The purpose of the initial meeting is to engage in an interactive process to discuss with a Disability Specialist submitted documentation and a student’s experience living with a disability. The goal will be to identify appropriate accommodations and/or auxiliary aids that can be implemented to create equal access in the areas where there are barriers caused by a disability. When accommodations are established, the Disability Specialist will share how each accommodation is requested and facilitated.

Academic accommodations will be approved on a case by case basis and are individually designed to create equal access for a student. They can be approved on a provisional, temporary, or permanent basis by DPRC, and additional accommodations can be requested/reviewed as a student progresses through their academic pursuits at the university.

What to do after accommodations have been approved

Step 1: Review your DPRC Reasonable Accommodation Verification Memo (RAV). 

Please contact DPRC if you would like to request additional copies.

Step 2: Request approved accommodations. 

Students are responsible for making accommodations requests through DPRC in a timely manner. Some accommodation requests are available online. Others can be requested directly via a faculty member or a Disability Specialist. Your Disability Specialist will explain how to request each of your approved accommodations at the time it is approved. 

Note: Some accommodations require faculty and/or departmental consultation before they can be fully implemented or approved. Your Disability Specialist will partner with you and the course faculty on these specific accommodations.

Step 3: Communicate with each course faculty/TA/coordinator. 

Students are advised to connect with each of their faculty, Teaching Assistant(s) or coordinator to discuss details related to how accommodations could be facilitated in each course. 

Step 4: Communicate with DPRC regarding any questions or concerns. 

The DPRC staff is dedicated to ensuring the provision of approved accommodations and auxiliary aids. There may be many individuals involved in the process of getting accommodations in place. If a student experiences any difficulties in obtaining or receiving accommodations, or if any additional accommodations are needed, please follow-up with a Disability Specialist right away for assistance.

Step 5: Follow up as needed.

Please follow-up with a Disability Specialist if you have any questions or concerns as you attend courses, or for any of these additional reasons below:

  • Review the renewal process for provisional or temporary accommodations
  • Review process for requesting additional accommodations
  • Discuss needs for accommodations beyond the classroom, such as
    • Clinicals, Clerkships & Internships
    • Field courses & Field trips
    • Study Abroad