How To Use Our Services
After meeting with the Director of the ODS to devise your success plan, you simply need to keep the ODS informed of your classes and needs.
At The End Of Each Semester:
Fill out the "Semester Update" form so the ODS knows that you want to continue your accommodations into the next semester. Also use this form to notify us of address or other changes we should make in your file. Hard copies of this form are available in the ODS, and an electronic version of the form is on the website.
The ODS staff will prepare Accommodation Memos for your professors telling them about your accommodations. We will email the letters to you and to your professors.
Introduce yourself to your professors and talk to them about accommodations that require action on their part. For example, if you are taking tests at the ODS, clarify with your professor how s/he will get your tests to the ODS (see below).
Let the ODS know if your professor is not amenable to your accommodations so we can speak to him/her.
If You Are Taking Some Or All Of Your Tests At The ODS:
Remember that it is your responsibility to arrange for your tests to be sent to the ODS. Several workdays days before each test you must:
- Fill out a “Testing Reservation” form so we can schedule a room for you and know to look for your test from your professor. Hard copies of this form are available in the ODS, and an electronic version of the form is on the website.
- Give an “ODS Testing Form” to your professor. This reminds him/her to send us your test. It also allows the professor to specify how the test should be given and returned. Hard copies of this form (usually printed in pink) are available in the ODS, and an electronic version of the form is on the website.
- Discuss with your professor when you will take the test (typically you’ll take your test at the same time as the rest of the class, but if you have to return to class for lecture, or have another commitment directly after the test, then arrange to take the test earlier).
- Remember to arrive on time to the ODS to take the test.
If You Have the Accommodation of Using A Volunteer Note Taker:
Complete the Request for a Note Taker form at the beginning of each semester to let us know in what class or classes you would like to have a note taker. Hard copies of this form are available in the ODS, and an electronic version of the form is on the website.