Accessibility services

Earlham College is committed to providing equal access to its programs, activities and services as covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act and Amendments Act of 2008 (ADA). The College recognizes the importance of providing reasonable accommodations in its housing policies and practices for students with disabilities to use and enjoy college housing in alignment with the Fair Housing Act. Students with disabilities are provided accommodations through an individualized and interactive process. The College will not retaliate against students because they have requested or received reasonable accommodations.

Read our entire students with accessibility policy.

Academic Enrichment Center

Technology assistance available from the AEC

Kurzweil 3000 is an assistive technology, text-to-speech, learning tool that supports the concept of Universal Design for Learning with a suite of powerful reading, writing, test-taking and study skill tools that makes curricula accessible to all students. It is particularly appropriate for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, those who require reading intervention, students struggling with reading comprehension and English Language Learners (ELL).

Learn more about Kurzweil use at Earlham College.

Record everything you hear, say and write, while linking your audio recordings to your notes. Quickly replay audio from your Livescribe paper or a computer with a simple tap on your handwritten notes. It’s never been easier to take notes and stay organized.

Learn more about Livescribe Pens.

Dragon Naturally Speaking software is a speech recognition program that allows the user to speak into a microphone on a computer with the software translating the spoken words into text in a text program. With a software program such as this, typing isn’t necessary and the user can do away with a keyboard.

Learn more about Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Disability documentation

Quality documentation is essential in determining disability status and/or appropriate accommodations. Documentation should demonstrate how a student’s condition meets the definition of a disability as defined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended in 2008. Documentation should also identify the functional limitations of the disability in an educational setting. 

An Individual Education Program (IEP), 504 Plan or a Summary Of Performance (SOP) might provide sufficient information, which is determined on a case-by-case basis, as school corporations differ widely regarding the comprehensive nature of those reports.

Academic accommodations and auxiliary aids may include (but are not limited to):

  • providing smart pens or note-takers and computer assistance
  • extended time for tests and quizzes and/or assistance via technology
  • a testing environment with limited distractions

View our guidelines for learning disabilities

Certification forms by disability and reasonable accommodations

Below are certification forms for non-learning disabilities. The certification forms are categorized by the type of accommodation one might require. Please review both categories and select the most applicable forms. You should take the applicable forms to your appropriately licensed professional for completion.

Academic and college housing accommodations

Assistance animal in college housing