Students with Disabilities
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
The Nittany Success Center provides individualized testing accommodations for students with
The most frequently requested testing accommodations are for extended time for exam completion
separate testing location. Other accommodations might include a test reader, a scribe, or use of a
computer. Classroom accommodations include note-taking assistance such as carbonless notepaper or
photocopying of notes. Special equipment for students with visual impairments are available in the Nittany
Success Center for testing purposes.
These descriptions of accommodations are intended to provide a general idea of the types of
accommodations that are available through the Nittany Success Center. They are not exhaustive and they
are not all-inclusive.
To request testing assistance (for students with a documented disability), please complete the
Testing Request Form.
For further reading please visit The Office for Disability Services.
Policy for Students with Disabilities
It is the policy of the Penn State Nittany Success Center to provide accessible
activities, and reasonable accommodations to any student with a documented disability as defined by
section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and by the Americans with Disabilities Act
of 1990. It is our policy to ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to pursue an
Resources for Students with Disabilities
Rights and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities
Frequently asked questions from college students with disabilities answered by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
College Survival Skills: Tips for Students with Disabilities to Increase College Success (PDF)
A review of strategies for maximizing academic performance. Topics include selecting courses and attending class to textbook reading and note-taking.
Ten Tips for College Students with Disabilities
This brief article lists ten ways to stay on top of your studies.
Disability.gov: Connecting the Disability Community to Information & Opportunities
A government Web site dedicated to providing disability-related information and resources. Topics include information about disability laws, health care, scholarships, employment, assistive technology, etc.
Technology for Individuals with Disabilities
Objective information about assistive products categorized by their function and features. Products cannot be purchased through the site, but individuals can explore their options, determine what product(s) will meet their needs, and note the companies that manufacture and/or distribute the product(s).
Microsoft Products/Programs and Accessibility
Information, demonstrations, and tutorials about accessibility features of Microsoft operating systems, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and other Microsoft products.
Apple Products/Programs and Accessibility
Information about assistive features of Mac computers, the iPhone, and the iPod organized by product and type of disability.
Resources Related to Specific Disabilities (listed in alphabetical order)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Strategies/Techniques for ADHD
Tips related to study skills, organizational skills, time management skills, course assignments, test preparation, structure, and procrastination.
Learning with ADHD
Describes the academic difficulties individuals with ADHD may experience due to their disability and strategies for overcoming them.
ADDitude: ADHD College Survival Guide
A variety of topics related to successfully navigating the college experience, including discussing accommodations with professors, organizing time and materials, studying for exams, maintaining an ADHD-friendly diet and sleep pattern, and interacting with others.
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
ADDA is the world’s leading adult ADHD organization providing information, resources and networking opportunities focusing on the diagnosis, treatments, strategies, and techniques to help adults with ADHD lead better lives.
National Resource Center on ADHD (NRC)
NRC provides information about issues related to ADHD: access to and quality of health care, treatment and interventions, education, parenting, life management skills, relationships, workplace challenges, co-occurring conditions, gender issues, and the legal system.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
NIMH’s description of autism spectrum disorders, including signs and symptoms, treatment, services, and related information.
Autism Speaks is the nation's largest organization dedicated to funding research on the causes, prevention, treatments, and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
The Autism Society of America’s online referral database allows individuals to search for nationwide autism-related services and supports by location or service type.
Asperger Syndrome Fact Sheet
Frequently asked questions and answers from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke about Asperger Syndrome.
Organization and Time Management: A Guide for Students
This PDF document guides students through the process of identifying problems and solutions related to organization and time management, planning one’s time, maximizing the effectiveness of study time, and examining one’s motivation.
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
IDA is an international organization concerned with four areas related to dyslexia: information and referral services, research, advocacy and public policy, and professional development.
General Medical Conditions
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of complex illness. Search for a condition and review information in the following basic categories: definition, symptoms, causes, risk factors, complications, appointment preparation, tests and diagnosis, treatments and drugs, coping and supports, and prevention.
A College Guide to Chronic Disease
This WebMD article addresses important self-care topics for students with a chronic disease, such as “Coping with Chronic Disease,” “Stress and Chronic Disease,” and “The Risks of Sleep Deprivation.”
National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
NAD is civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in the United States. Advocacy efforts focus on early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more.
Better Hearing Institute (BHI)
BHI is a nonprofit corporation that educates the public about hearing loss and what can be done about it. The site includes information about hearing loss, hearing solutions, hearing loss prevention, resources, and publications.
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
NCLD provides information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities about the nature of learning disabilities (LDs), the management of a LD in college and at work, and how LD issues are being addressed by the government.
LD Online: College and College Prep Articles
A collection of articles aimed at helping individuals with learning disabilities create a successful post-secondary education experience.
Think College: For Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Information for individuals with intellectual disabilities, including a history of their involvement in post-secondary education; characteristics and demands of college; helpful hints about time management, goal setting, etc.; and laws that support college students with disabilities.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
NIMH provides information about current research on mental illness and about the nature, signs/symptoms, and treatment of specific psychological disorders.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness by providing information about disorders, medications, support, stigma, legislation, etc.
Vision Impairment and Blindness
A variety of topics related to vision impairments and blindness from Medline Plus, including overviews of the conditions, coping and disease management, health tools, research, and references.
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
AFB is a national nonprofit organization focused on broadening access to technology, elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss, and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss.