Disability Services at UMass Amherst

Information For Students With Psychological Disabilities

Common Accommodations

Although students and their Consumer Managers determine accommodations on an individual basis, the following list includes those most frequently employed to eliminate barriers to access for students with psychological disabilities. Once a student and his or her 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 formats modification

Seating in the front of the classroom

Permission to leave class for breaks

Note-takers

Reduced course load

Extension of statute of limitations

Tips For Students

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

If you feel comfortable, discuss your disability with your professors. Talk with him or her about the accommodations you need. Establishing an open relationship with your professors can benefit you in the long run. On the other hand, don't feel pressured to discuss your disability unless you want to.

Learn all that you can about your disability. The more you understand it yourself, the better you can predict your reactions to particular stimuli and learn to control your environment when needed.

If it helps you, identify places on campus where you know you can be alone for periods of time.

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

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.

Develop for yourself a support system that you can rely on. You need to have people around you whom you know you can count on.