Auxiliary Aids and Services

Auxiliary aids include interpreters, or other effective methods of making orally delivered materials available to students who are deaf or hard of hearing; readers for students with visual impairments; classroom equipment adapted for use by students with manual impairments; and other similar services or equipment.

While funding for accommodations to ensure equal access is available from Niagara University, funding for auxiliary aids is often the responsibility of vocational rehabilitation agencies. However, some students with disabilities may not be eligible to be clients of the vocational rehabilitation agency. These agencies also set limits on the amount of assistance they provide for auxiliary aids. The University does not provide prescription devices, or devices and services of a personal nature.

The need for auxiliary aids and services is deemed appropriate by Disability Services based on the documentation provided by the student. The student must follow these procedures in order to request auxiliary aids and services:

Beginning of EACH Semester:

The student must initially contact Disability Services to request auxiliary aids and services as early as possible each semester. The student must provide Disability Services with documentation of disability, which supports the need for auxiliary aids and services. Disability Services will then determine which auxiliary aids and services are appropriate accommodations. The student must meet with professors or administrative personnel to inform them of needs, preferably at the beginning of the semester. If requested, Disability Services will provide the student with an Accommodations Approval Form to give to the professor or to campus personnel outlining approved accommodations.

Students may be encouraged to apply for funding from outside sources.