Academic Accommodations

Picture of students working in Assistive Technology Lab at SSD

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) provides a wide range of academic accommodations to students with verified disabilities who have registered with the SSD office. Services for each student are determined on a case-by-case basis. The following are examples of some of the accommodations that may be provided.

Students will meet with a Disability Management Specialist to determine which accommodations will best support their specific needs and develop an accommodation plan of resources that will be available to them when needed.


Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology is the term for things that help a person with a disability do different things. Those things include going to school and learning. A variety of assistive technology (AT) is available through SSD. Available equipment includes digital recorders, assisted listening devices, CCTVs, Livescribe pens, and adjustable keyboards. AT is available based on a referral from the Disability Management Specialist and the Assistive Technology coordinator. If you think AT may help you, please schedule a meeting with the AT coordinator to discuss your needs. The AT Coordinator can help you find the AT that would best meet your needs.  Some individual training can be arranged with the AT coordinator by making an appointment. For an appointment, please call the SSD office at 559-278-2811 or email

Assistive Computer Lab

Available only to students registered with the SSD office, the lab has computers equipped with a variety of AT software as well as Microsoft Office, MathCad, and SPSS. A technician is available during lab hours to provide technical assistance with equipment or software in the lab.

Some of the AT software we have includes:

  • Screen reading software
    • Screen magnification software
    • Text-to-speech software
    • Voice recognition software

New Student AT Assessment & Individual Training

A primary purpose of At Assessment is to determine the assistive technology that would best meet the needs of the individual student.

Individual training in the use of assistive technology can be arranged with the AT Coordinator by making an appointment at the front desk at least five (5) working days in advance. For an appointment, please call the SSD office at: 559-278-2811.

Click Here for a copy of the AT Student Computer Lab Policies:


Accessible Testing Services

  • Extended time on tests
  • Private and quiet rooms
  • Readers and scribes
  • Computers for typing essay exams
  • Large print exams
  • Sign language interpreters (for oral instructions)
  • Assistive technology

Proctoring and other appropriate accommodations for examinations are provided for students for whom testing accommodations are approved.

New students must complete a Testing Orientation and sign off with their understanding of testing accommodation procedures before testing accommodations are put in place.

Students must first provide SSD with a class schedule for the semester on the “Schedule Form and Request for Professor Letters” form. The student’s Disability Management Specialist will write a letter to those professors teaching a course for which the student has requested testing accommodations. The student will deliver the letter(s) directly to their professor(s).

The student informs the SSD office of exams by filling out a "Request for Testing Accommodations" form five working days prior to the first exam of that specific class.

          Semester Request for Testing Accommodations Form

          Final Exam Accommodation Request Form  

If you have any questions about testing accommodations, please contact the Alternate Testing Services Coordinator, Nyxy Imes, at(559) 278-0128.

“How are requests for Testing Accommodations facilitated?


Reading/Alternate Media Services

All requests for text in alternate formats (CD’s, e-text, enlarged duplication, etc.) must be submitted to the Reading Alternate Media Coordinator on the following request forms. If the request forms are submitted improperly, there may be a delay in production time.


NOTE: Two weeks (10 working days) advance notice is required for requests for textbooks in alternate format.

Five (5) working days advance notice for: enlargement of written materials, scanning and editing of handouts and articles.

......Check Here for additional information and procedures for using this service please refer to the Policy & Procedures for Alternate Media.


Classroom Services

To initiate classroom furniture or note taking services the student is to contact the  Disability Management Specialist (DMS) and provide appropriate information and approval for services.

Classroom Furniture

1. Students approved for classroom furniture must make the request for tables/chairs at least one week prior to the date needed. Please use the Accessible Furniture Request Form below.

2. It is the student’s responsibility to inform SSD if the classroom furniture requested is not in the classroom.

3. It is the student’s responsibility to be in the classroom early, where possible, in order to secure the furniture designated for her or his use.

4. SSD will request the most appropriate type of furniture available for the student’s classroom needs.

          Accessible Furniture Request Form

Note Taking Services

  • Volunteer Classroom Notetakers
  • Laptop or Tablet approval
  • Tape Recorder

Notetaking and Tape Recording of in the Classroom>

1. To initiate notetaking and/or taping services the student is to contact the Disability Management Specialist and provide appropriate information on the Request for Professor letters ( Yellow Form).

2. SSD will provide the student with a letter of accommodations to be given by the student to the professor. The letters will be ready within three (3) working days of receipt of an appropriate and complete request.

3. Notetaking agreements forms must be signed by the student requesting the service every academic year.

4. A student is expected to be present in class to receive notes for that day.

5. It is the student’s responsibilities to let their Disability Management Specialist or the SSD Director know if a notetaker has not been solicited by the professor, if no one in the class has volunteered to take notes, or if the professor is hesitant about the student taping the lecture.

Interpreting and CART Services

  • Sign language interpreters (ASL, SEE, Oral)
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Real time captioning
  • Ubiduo-Two Way Communication device (in-office and for check-out)

Students requesting sign language interpreters or captionists must submit their course schedules to their Disability Management Specialist and the Lead Interpreter prior to the date services are requested to ensure accommodations are confirmed by the first classroom session.

Interpreters/captioners will be provided for academically-related functions. SSD must have the request with at least five (5) days advance notice to the date of the event or activity. Services may also be provided for other campus activities and events, but need to be requested through the SSD office or by the campus group responsible for hosting the event.  Unless SSD is notified of cancellation/changes 24 hours in advance of the date of the event, the campus group will still be charged as a completed assignment.

          Student Request for Interpreter-Captioner Form

          Campus Request for Interpreter-Captioner Form - This form is used for campus personnel to request services at event or activity

Student absences are to be reported at least 24 hours before class or the event to the Lead Interpreter and Student Support Assistant as well as the assigned Sign Language Interpreter/Captioner. Unexpected absences should be reported as soon as possible.

For additional details see the following Policy & Procedures:

          Student Guidelines for Using Interpreters

          Student Guidelines for Using Captionists 

         Policy and Procedures for Interpreters  

          Policy and Procedures for Captionists 

SCOUT Transportation

The campus provides an on-campus transportation service, known as SCOUT, for students with permanent or temporary disabilities who have been approved for the accommodation by their assigned Disability Management Specialist.

In order to activate the SCOUT service, students must first fill out the SCOUT Service Request form each semester. Forms are available at the SSD front desk or click this link:

          SCOUT Transportation Request Form 

Students must then meet with the SCOUT coordinator every semester to set-up there schedule and receive a SCOUT card allowing access to the carts.  Students must have their card with them at all times when using SCOUT services

For more information on the Campus Transportation Service, Click Here- SCOUT Policy and Procedures.

Disability Management Counseling

Disability Management Specialists (DMS) can assist students in their efforts to cope with their disability and the issues that develop with regard to academic life.

The DMS evaluates eligibility and determines appropriate academic accommodations for enrolled students with physical, perceptual, learning and psychological disabilities. Services include the provision of comprehensive disability-related academic and career development advisement. The DMS works with students on developing alternative learning strategies, problem solving skills and effective self-advocacy approaches. The DMS assists faculty, staff and administrators with information regarding appropriate implementation of mandated academic accommodations.

 Academic Advising

1. It is the student’s responsibility to receive appropriate academic advising from the Office of Advising (for undergraduates), located on the 2nd floor of the Joyal Building, or their advisor in the department of their academic major.

2. If the student requests, after the student has made the selection of courses with their advisor, the Disability Management Specialist will review the choice of courses with the student to determine their appropriateness to the student’s disability-related needs.

M.A.P.S. Mentoring and Peer Support

MAPS (Mentoring and Peer Support) is a program offered through the Services for Students with Disabilities office to serve the needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autistic disorder and Asperger’s disorder) and those with related challenges.


For more information contact Christy Gorden,Learning Specialist at 278-2811, or email at


Other Services

Workshops and Instruction

  • Career exploration/job readiness
  • Assistive technology training
  • Learning strategies
  • We offer other workshops periodically, as well as information about related campus workshop opportunities.


  • Priority registration
  • Assistance with online registration


Referrals to other offices on campus or to area agencies for service not provided by the SSD office.


SSD does not provide tutorial services directly but will refer students for tutorial services in the Learning Resource Center. Ask your Disability Management Specialist (DMS) for more information.

  • Students are encouraged to utilize the Learning Center for tutoring services. A referral sheet will be provided by your DMS to introduce you. If a tutor is available for the subject you request, you will be assigned to a small group (2-3 people) for tutoring. If it is deemed necessary, letter of recommendation for one-on-one tutoring with the Learning Center can be provided by SSD. It is the student’s responsibility to pick up the letter(s) from SSD and take it to the Learning Resource Center.

Ubiduo Face-to-Face Communication

Now available for Student Services at Fresno State

Ubiduo communications in useThe Services for Students with Disabilities office in addition to many student services programs on campus have purchased the Ubiduo communication system which provides face-to-face communication for those who are Deaf, hard of hearing or have other communication challenges which make conversation difficult.

The Ubiduo system is a small device to assist when an interpreter or captioner is not available and allows for spontaneous conversation = freedom and empowerment for the user.

The following services on campus currently have a Ubiduo system available (signage is posted to indicate an individuals desire to use the service). Also, the Services for Students with Disabilities office have a unit available for check-out for students registered with their office.

The Ubiduo system is currently available at the following locations.

  • Services for Students Disability Office – Library 1st floor – south wing
  • Joyal Admission & Registrar Offices
  • Henry Madden Library-Reference Desk
  • Learning Center / Support Net – Library in the lower level
  • University Health & Psychological Services
  • Financial Aid Office
  • Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Office
  • Academic Advising Services
  • Scholarship Office
  • Career Center
  • Center for Women and Culture
  • University Student Union – Information and Ticket Office
  • University Courtyard – Student Housing
  • Student Recreation Center

See the attached video from one of the Fresno State students on how the Ubiduo system can work for you.

The information on this website is available in alternate formats. Please call our office at (559) 278-2811 to make your request.