Disability Services at UMass Amherst

Information For Students Who Have Brain Injury

Common Accommodations

Although accommodations are determined on an individual basis, the following list includes those most frequently employed to eliminate barriers to access for students who have brain injuries. Once a student and their Consumer Manager determine reasonable accommodations, the Consumer Manager, with the student’s permission, sends a letter to the student’s professor or other University personnel requesting the accommodations.

Flexible deadlines for assignments
Extended time
Test format modification
Seating in the front of the classroom
Permission to leave class for breaks
Note-taking services
Permission to tape record
Reduced course load
Extension of statute of limitations

Tips For Students

Discuss your disability with your professors. Talk with them about the accommodations you need. Establishing an open relationship with your professors can benefit you in the long run.

Learn all that you can about your disability. The more you understand it yourself, the better you can explain it to others. Also, the better you understand your disability, the better you can establish routines that work for you.

If needed, identify places on campus where you know you can rest or be alone for periods.

Meet with Consumer Manager often, especially if you are having problems. Don’t wait until a small problem becomes a big one.

Take advantage of your professors’ and TAs’ office hours.

Before meeting with a professor, prepare what you want to say at the meeting and decide what you hope to accomplish. Your Consumer Manager can help you decide how to approach meetings with professors.

Be open-minded to accommodations proposed by your professors that differ from those that you and your Consumer Manager have discussed.

Learn about and take advantage of the resources available both on and off campus.

Develop a support system that you can rely on.