Services and Academic Accommodations

203 Clement Hall

Martin, TN 38238

Ph:

(731) 881-7605

Ph:

(731) 881-7719

Fax:

(731) 881-1886

Em:

William Flowers,




Disabilities Coordinator




Jeanneda Gilbert, Disabilities Specialist

Services and Academic Accommodations

Students should proceed as follows after they receive their letters of acceptance from UT Martin:

  • Provide documentation to verify self-identification as a person with a disability. Documentation is not always necessary, and Disability Services staff may be able to assign some accommodations through individual consultation with the student. However, documentation always supports the request for accommodations, and assists the Disability Services staff in assigning those accommodations necessary for equal access.
    Documentation should be typed or printed on official letterhead and signed by an evaluator qualified to make the diagnosis, and, whenever possible, should include the following:
    1. Clearly stated diagnosis or DSM-IV diagnosis of the disability or disabilities;
    2. Description of the functional limitations resulting from the disabilities as related to an academic setting;
    3. Should be current, i.e., completed within the last 5 years for learning disability or disabilities, 1 year for psychological disabilities, or last 3 years for ADHD and all other disabilities;
    4. Complete educational, developmental, and medical history relevant to the disability for which accommodations are requested;
    5. A list of all test instruments, reliable, valid, and standardized for use with an adult population, used in the evaluation report and relevant subtest scores used to document the stated disability;
    6. Medication and its current impact and/or treatments currently used.
  • Make an appointment with the Disability Services office for an intake interview. During the interview, the student and a Disability Services staff member will formalize the accommodation plan and discuss ways to implement it. The procedures for requesting letters each semester and requesting accommodation revisions will be addressed, as well as other relevant processes, such as scheduling accommodated tests and checking out assistive technology. The process of self-identifying and requesting accommodations is not complete until an intake interview has been completed.
    • Other topics that might be of assistance in academic accommodations include:
      • Educational history, the onset of disability,
      • Accommodations that have been granted in the past,
      • What has and has not been helpful,
      • Subjects of study that present specific difficulties, and why,
      • What accommodations are currently being sought.

Reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Permission to tape record lectures
  • Preferential classroom seating
  • Notetaker service
  • Extended time on tests
  • Low distraction testing environment
  • Books on tape
  • Interpreting/transliteration services
  • Scribe
  • Reader

Unreasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Personal care assistance
  • Personal study assistance
  • Reader for personal use or study
  • Transportation to and from class
  • Tutoring beyond the tutoring available to any UT Martin student

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