Examples of Accommodations

Academic Aids

In certain instances, students may be permitted to use calculators, dictionaries, computers, spell checkers, and/or grammar checkers for in-class and out-of-class work.

Alternative classroom and office arrangements

OAS works with the campus community to accommodate students and student paraprofessionals with mobility or vision related disabilities who need accessible classrooms and offices.  Accessibility in classrooms and offices includes: room entrance accessibility; accessible equipment and furniture; speaker systems; close to board seating, etc.

Alternative Formats

Accommodated students have the option of requesting course materials (textbooks, digital reading materials, exams, handouts, and other print material) in alternative formats.  These include but are not limited to: electronic format (e-text), audio, Braille, and large print.  These formats often work with literacy software and text-to-speech readers, audio format, and edited word document format for screen reader programs.  Alternative materials also include captioned class videos or audio programs, enlarged materials such as books and tests, and color copied materials to aid in reading.  Alternative formats are available ONLY if it is one of your accommodations.


Accommodations for dining and exceptions to the dining policies and requirements due to a disability are considered on a case-by-case basis.  Students who have specific dietary needs are encouraged to contact the campus nutritionist who is able to work with the various dining facilities to discuss nutritional options.  See Dining for more information.


Students with disabilities who need housing accommodations (such as a single room; modified bathroom facilities, access to exit or first floor, etc) must register with OAS.  Following accommodation determination, the student’s accommodation need is communicated to Residence Life and Housing.  Space is limited in University Housing facilities, so early requests for housing are strongly encouraged and must be submitted by posted deadlines prior to room selection each year.

  • Housing Accommodations Request – All students Must complete the housing application for the year.
  • Housing Waiver

Interpreter and CART Services

OAS offers ASL Interpreting, CART (Captioning in Real Time) services, and captioned class materials for student who require these.  At least one week notice is required for requests for these services.

Recording of Class Lectures and/or Notetaking Services

Students may be permitted to record class lectures and/or utilize notetaking services.  If determined as reasonable and appropriate accommodations.  The process for requesting notetakers begins when students complete the online Notetaker request form.  The student is then responsible for sharing the “recommended notetaker announcement” with their faculty to recruit a note-taker.  Interested individuals will contact the OAS office directly by contacting oas_notetaking@emory.edu or oxfordnotetaking@emory.edu.  The student with a disability is responsible to check for submitted notes and maintaining contact with OAS regarding notetaker status.

Scheduling and Registration

OAS works with Advising to notify key personnel as to who may need an accessible classroom and/or ample travel time between classes, as well as students who may need priority in class registration.

Testing Accommodations

OAS offers documented students the option of requesting alternative testing arrangements as a reasonable accommodation.  These arrangements include reduced distraction testing environment, extended time on tests, scribes, testing readers/reading software, tests on computers, and other alternatives as appropriate.  Professors have the option to provide test accommodations, however the OAS office maintains a Testing Center near the office suite that can ensure that the student’s testing accommodations are provided.


In an effort to provide different transportation services to those students requiring long- or short-term assistance moving around campus.  Transportation and Parking Services provides campus or area transportation to those approved by the Department of Accessibility Services.  This service is provided during the same hours of operation and cover the same geographic area as the Cliff Shuttle, which follows the academic calendar.  (See Cliff Shuttle routes).  

Some students with significant mobility needs who may be approved for Paratransit services.  Paratransit offers transportation assistance to get closer to the entrances across campus on a one-time or recurring basis.  All shuttles are equipped with wheelchair access.

Emory University offers reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities on an individualized basis.  Please note that accommodations are afforded to students based on specific need and supporting documentation.  Further, these examples are not an exhaustive listing of all possible reasonable accommodations that may be implemented at the University.  If you have questions, you may contact Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 located at the Clairmont Campus, SAAC Suite 310 (8am -5pm, Monday – Friday).