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Disability Resources provides academic accommodations for students with disabilities and acts as a resource to all of SOU in creating an inclusive and accessible learning environment. 

Accommodations are individually determined with the student in an interactive process. Some of our more common accommodations include:

Testing Accommodations, such as extended testing time, a reduced-distraction environment, assistive technology and/or reading and scribing during the exam

Alternative Textbook Formats, including Braille, large print, audio, or Kurzweil or other computer-based formats.

Assistive Technology, which provides barrier-lifting access to information.

Special classroom seating: Adjustable chairs, lumbar support chairs, etc., are available as accommodations.

Information and Guidelines for Disability-Related Issues on Campus

Code of Ethics

Disability Services for Students staff adhere to the Code of Ethics established by the Association of Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD), as follows:

We agree that these principles are the Code of Ethics for postsecondary disability service providers. As professionals, we are responsible for upholding, supporting, and advancing these ideas whenever possible. Members of AHEAD agree to monitor themselves and their peers in accordance with the spirit and provisions of this code, as delineated by the following principles:

  1. Postsecondary disability service providers
    ...are committed to facilitating the highest levels of educational excellence and potential quality of life for postsecondary students with disabilities.
  2. Postsecondary disability service providers
    ...strive to achieve and maintain the highest levels of competence and integrity in all areas of assistance to adult students with disabilities. This support is guided by the consistent use of objective, professional judgment in all areas, especially when addressing the confidential nature of the student's disability.
  3. Postsecondary disability service providers
    ...continually participate in professional activities and educational opportunities designed to strengthen the personal, educational, and vocational quality of life for students with disabilities. This includes the on-going development of strategies, skills, research, and knowledge pertinent to the highest quality of disability service delivery whenever and wherever it occurs.
  4. Postsecondary disability service providers
    ...carry out their responsibilities in accordance with AHEAD professional standards and policy guidelines for adult students with disabilities. When certified, licensed, or affiliated with other professionals or organizations, they comply with those professional guidelines as well.
  5. Postsecondary disability service providers
    ...are actively engaged in supporting and clarifying institutional, state, provincial, and federal laws, policies, and procedures applicable to the service delivery to students with disabilities. Compliance implies that professionals will not condone or participate in any unethical or illegal acts discussed within these guidelines.

Adopted July, 1996