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When disability-related accommodations are required, a quick response is often difficult to attain, and no response is quick enough. For example, if today's surprise take-home reading assignment is not available in an alternative format, a student who requires the alternative format is unable to participate along with his or her peers, and it might be difficult, if not impossible, to convert the document in a timely enough manner to prevent the student from falling behind. Other accommodations, such as identifying a suitable substitute for a required but inaccessible software package or captioning an inaccessible video, will take even longer.
Realistically, last-minute requests for disability-related accommodations are inevitable. However, having a well-documented procedure for responding to these requests will ensure that the individual's needs are met as quickly as possible. Also, by designing your learning environment so that it is as accessible as possible to all users on the front end, you minimize the need for individual accommodations.
The following AccessIT Knowledge Base article may also be of interest:
For additional information, contact your region's ADA & IT Center at 1-800-949-4232.