Disability Services at UMass Amherst

Information For Students Who Have Medical Disabilities

Common Accommodations

Although accommodations are determined by consultation between students and their Consumer Manager on an individual basis the following list includes those most frequently employed to eliminate barriers to access for students with medical disabilities. Once reasonable and effective accommodations have been determined, students can request in writing that the Consumer Manager send a memorandum enumerating these accommodations to specified faculty and University personnel.

Flexible deadlines for assignments.

Extended time for exams.

Test format modification.

Permission to leave class for breaks.


Reduced course load.

Extension of statute of limitations.

Permission to bring food or beverages to class.

Tips For Students

Contact Disability Services as soon as possible after being admitted to the University.

Get to know your professors and talk to them about accommodations. 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. An open relationship with your professors can really help you in the long run.

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

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

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 work routines that work for you.

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

Meet with your Consumer Manager often. Don't let a small problem become a big problem.

Let your Consumer Manager know if you are going to be absent for extended periods. Keep them aware of your absences.

Develop a support network. It's important to have people that you can count on to be there for you.