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Disability Resources

Davidson College values the diversity of its community and is an equal access institution that admits otherwise qualified applicants without regard to disability. The Academic Access and Disability Resources Office (AADR) is housed in the Center for Teaching and Learning. AADR works closely with the Dean of Students Office and other college offices and departments to assure that the programs and facilities of the college are accessible to every student in the Davidson College community.

When an otherwise qualified student with a disability is admitted, the college seeks to accommodate those requests that are determined to be reasonable and do not compromise the integrity of a program or curriculum. The college's intention is that every student may, as independently as possible, meet the demands of college life.

Students are not required to disclose their disability status; however, if they are seeking accommodations relative to their disability, they are responsible to submit a written request and to provide the appropriate and most current documentation to AADR. A student has the responsibility to meet qualifications and maintain essential Davidson College standards for courses, programs, services, employment, activities, conduct and facilities. Having a disability does not automatically qualify a student to receive accommodations.

The college must review current diagnostic information submitted by the student and through an interactive process, verify via the Guide to Disability Rights Laws that the student has a disability requiring accommodations and then determine the specific accommodations the student is authorized to use.

Davidson College Grievance Procedure (PDF)

Accommodations & Supportive Services

Accommodations and supportive services include but are not limited to:

  • Extended time testing
  • Testing in a reduced distraction environment
  • Referrals to outside resources for diagnostics and documentation
  • Consults for assistive technology
  • Specific course tutoring
  • Note taking services
  • Interpreters
  • Alternate format texts
  • Read and Write Gold software
  • Reduced semester course load
  • Accessible classrooms
  • Individual supportive counseling
  • Coaching with regards to study skills
  • Time management
  • Self advocacy skills and managing functional limitations
  • Consultation with faculty and staff

Adaptive Equipment & Assistive Technology

Additionally the college has adaptive equipment and assistive technology available to students with disabilities: Kurzweil 1000 and 3000, Read and Write Gold, Livescribe and Kindle. Additional assistive software such as Zoom Text, Kurzweil, Read and Write Gold, Dragon Speak Naturally and other iPad, iPhone, PC and Mac applications are also available through AADR.

Disability Services & Resources Contact

If you are a student or a prospective student with a disability and would like to request accommodations or more information about disability resources, contact Beth Bleil, director of academic access and disability, at bebleil@davidson.edu or 704-894-2129.