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Breaking Down the Accommodation Verification Letter (AVL)

What is it and why do we need it?

  • The AVL is the only document that lists approved accommodations issued by ODR which Drexel University provides based on federal legislation.
  • Presenting the AVL to professors gives each student the opportunity to self-advocate by discussing their specific needs in relation to their listed accommodations.  It is the responsibility of the student to submit the AVL to those from whom they wish to receive the accommodations (i.e. faculty, advisor; not ODR). ODR strongly recommends that students share AVLs as soon as reasonably possible to ensure the fullest extent of the benefit of the AVL. Retroactive accommodations will not be permitted in the event the student has failed to share the AVL in a timely manner.
  • Providing students all the accommodations listed in their AVL ensures they are being given equal access to their education at Drexel University.
  • Since AVLs are only valid for one academic term (the term is indicated on the AVL above the listing of accommodations) they insure that students are receiving the most up to date and beneficial accommodations. 

General list of potential accommodations

Since all student accommodation requests are handled on a case-by-case basis and no person is the same, the types of accommodations which may be given are seemingly endless.  The following is a list of general areas of accommodation and the potential reasons why the accommodations may be necessary for a student based on their disability.

  1. Flexibility – Many students with a wide range of disabilities, including: learning disabilities, physical, chronic health conditions,  psychological disabilities, and others benefit from accommodations in the area of flexibility. Having flexibility in course aspects such as attendance, due dates, and format of required materials will allow them to manage their condition and still perform at their peak academically. 
  2. Testing – Many students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, psychological disabilities, and developmental disabilities often benefit from testing accommodations like extended time or reduced distraction.  This accommodates for their different learning style and allows them to perform at the top of their potential.
  3. Clinical – A student with a variety of disabilities may qualify for accommodations during their program’s clinical experience.  These accommodations usually differ slightly from those given in the classroom but generally are meant to allow the student to participate fully in the clinical while still maintain the expected learning outcomes.
  4. Technology – Students with a variety of Learning Disabilities, ADHD, cognitive impact disorders, and physical disabilities may benefit from adaptive technology.  These technologies allow students to have more independence as they navigate their educational experience.
  5. In-class Adjustments – These accommodations are meant to allow for full access to all class activities, discussions and information and may include things like sign language interpreters, note-taking, use of FM systems, recording of lectures, use of a word processor, or CART reporting.
  6. Campus Living – Many students with disabilities require accommodations to allow them full access to the campus life experience.  These accommodations may be in the residence hall room, classroom, or on campus grounds.
  7. Dining – Students with disabilities may require accommodations for dietary-based needs.  These accommodations could include modifications to the dining plan or related housing accommodations.