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
- 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
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dining – Students with
disabilities may require accommodations for dietary-based needs. These accommodations could include
modifications to the dining plan or related housing accommodations.