Accommodations

Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and any state-specified disability laws require that all colleges and universities provide accommodations. Accommodations that qualify may include, but are not strictly limited to: priority registration; readers, note-takers, or scribes; assistive technology; specialized equipment; interpreters or steno captioning; extra time on tests and other testing accommodations; and alternate media. A college or university is not required to lower or substantially modify essential requirements of a course or program.

Parents should know that accommodations were developed when learning disabilities, but not autism, were a prime consideration. Thus, such things as social support are not among required accommodations. In fact, only three and a half percent of schools have social support and other autism-specific services.