Are postsecondary institutions required to purchase adaptive software for a specific course if only one student needs it?

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Any course an institution offers must be accessible to qualified students with disabilities. A student with a disability may require specialized adaptive hardware or software to access the electronic information and to fully participate in the computer assignments for a course. Work with the student, disabled student services staff, and an adaptive technology specialist, if available on your campus, to determine the access issues and the appropriate assistive technology solutions.

For more information about types of adaptive hardware and software used by individuals with disabilities, consult the publication Working Together: People with Disabilities and Computer Technology or view the video by the same title.

Last update or review: January 18, 2013