Appropriate academic adjustments create an equal access to education, as long as they do not require a substantial change in an essential element of the curriculum. Colleges are not required to reduce or waive any of the essential requirements of a course or program.
Modifications may include an adjustment in the amount of time allowed to complete a degree, substitution of degree requirements, and adaptation of the manner in which specific courses are conducted.
Colleges are required to provide any reasonable accommodation that may be necessary for equal access to education.
Accommodations are designed to ensure equal access and “level the playing field” versus guarantee academic success.
Colleges not required to design special programs for students with disabilities or have Individualized Educational Plans (IEP’s).