What is a Reasonable Accommodation?

An accommodation is a modification that is made to a course, program, service, job, activity, or facility that eliminates or minimizes disability-related barriers to allow equitable access.

There is often more than one way to accommodate a situation or activity. In order for an accommodation to be considered reasonable, however, it must meet four criteria:

  • It must not compromise essential requirements of a course, program, job, activity, or facility. 
  • It must not cause an undue administrative or financial hardship.
  • It must not compromise safety of the student or others.
  • It must not fundamentally alter a course or program.

An access consultant will work with you and your instructors to determine if an accommodation is reasonable.  Different courses may require different accommodations. Each accommodation plan is tailored to the individual student and their courses. For example, some accommodations may be useful in a classroom while others may be useful in a laboratory setting.