You’re encouraged to utilize Disability Services as a resource, and to connect with us early and often. We offer several different accommodations and support systems to help make your time at WPI as smooth and successful as possible.

Disclosing a Disability

In order to disclose a disability and request academic accommodations, you must:

Once approved, you’ll be able to receive accommodations throughout your time at WPI unless said accommodations have been approved on a temporary basis, you take substantial time off, or your disability has changed.

To request a housing accommodation, see the accommodated housing section for more information on the process to request. 

In order to access accommodations each term, a student must:

1. Send a copy of their accommodation letters to their professors (preferably at the start of the term) through the Clockwork Student Portal.  

2. Speak to their professors to discuss how accommodations will be implemented for each course.

For more information, see our step-by-step guide on sending accommodation letters or contact our office.  

Helpful Assistive Technology

Interested in trying out some free or low-cost apps that can help with various school-related tasks? Here are a few of our favorites.

  • Cold Turkey can be programmed to block certain websites and other distractions
  • Quizlet provides material for interactive study sessions
  • Pomodoro Timer lets you schedule effective study and break times
  • Remember the Milk makes it easy to keep track of tasks and to-dos
  • SimplyNoise drowns out background noise to help you concentrate

Alternate Format Media

If it’s determined that you require alternative format media, you must:

  • Decide which course materials you’d like to be converted (options include textbooks, handouts, professor notes, presentations, journal articles and papers, and videos), and which format they should be converted into.
  • For textbooks, fill out the E-Text Alternative Format Request form for each course as soon as textbook information becomes available.
  • Contact Disability Services staff to discuss options for all other materials.

Dining Accommodations

Students with food allergies, Celiac Disease, or other dietary concerns are encouraged to complete a request form to arrange a team meeting with our Food Allergen Trained Staff and WPI Health Services.  This meeting will allow us to gain insight into your individual needs and develop plans to assist you with navigating our dining areas on campus.  Dining Services has also created an Allergen Limited Living Facebook page to provide a resource for updates and guidance.  

If a student feels they need to request additional accommodations after meeting with the team, such accommodations can be requested through the housing accommodation request process below.   

Housing Accommodations

Housing-based accommodations are available to students with a documented need. If you plan to request accommodations for housing , please complete the Housing Accommodation Request Form for first-year and transfer students or upperclass students, as well as WPI’s housing application.  Please note: you must submit a housing accommodation request each year that you wish you wish to live on campus.  

Please note that there is a difference between Housing Accommodations and Housing Preferences. Student preferences for certain types of housing (i.e. specific hall, room, or roommates) cannot be guaranteed, but will be considered in addition to a documented need for a disability-related accommodation.

Note-Taking Assistance

If you have been approved for peer note-taking assistance, first check and see if the slides or notes from your professor are available and sufficient. If not, please fill out a Note-Taker Request Form for each course you are seeking note-taking assistance. This form will match you with a volunteer note-taker, another student in your class, who will share their notes with you after they’ve been reviewed by our staff.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer note-taker, email Jessica Szivos for more information.

Temporary Accommodations

Temporary disabilities may include broken limbs, hand injuries, concussions, or short-term impairments following surgery or medical treatments. To receive temporary accommodations, you must:

To learn more about the offices and supports available to assist students with temporary injuries, please see our Temporary Injuries and Accommodations Guide (PDF).  If you’ve missed a substantial amount of class time and won’t be able to successfully complete the term due to a medical or psychological disability, contact Student Health Services for a medical disability or the Student Development & Counseling Center for a psychological disability to schedule an appointment to go through the medical withdrawal and re-entry process.

For official verification of absence from class due to illness or hospitalization to be sent to your professors, contact Student Health Services and the Office of Academic Advising.

Testing Accommodations

If you need testing-based accommodations, you should sit down with your course instructors at the beginning of each term to discuss accommodation options and how they can be implemented.  Some professors choose to provide approved accommodations directly, while others opt to use our Exam Proctoring Center (EPC) in Morgan Hall 103.  

The EPC features a variety of assistive technology accommodations, and is available for use by you and your instructor.  If you have been approved for testing-based accommodations, you need to schedule your tests at least two business days in advance through the ODS Student Portal.

For scheduling questions, download How to Schedule an Exam in the EPC (PDF), call 508-831-4955, or email the EPC.

Upperclass Peer Mentors

The EDGE (Empowering Directed Goals for Education) program provides first-year students with disabilities a community and support network to connect with as they transition to WPI. Students have an opportunity to meet one-on-one each week with an upper-class peer mentor.  Mentors are limited and will be matched on a first-come, first-serve basis.

ACCESS

ACCESS (Awareness, Community, Collaboration, Empowerment, Support, and Success) is a student organization focused on advocating for campus and educational accessibility. Made up of students with disabilities as well as allies, ACCESS strives to develop a welcoming, supportive, and universally acceptable campus. Visit their website for information on how to join, meeting times, events and activities, and more.

ODS Quick Tip Videos

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