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The Department of Communication is committed to helping students with disabilities receive reasonable accommodation to be successful in their departmental coursework. 

Key Roles/Campus Partners

Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) 

OSD works with students with documented disabilities to review documentation and determine reasonable accommodations. We encourage students to contact OSD as soon as you become aware of a condition that is disabling (see steps below). OSD has created new resources in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The instructor cannot provide an accommodation without receiving the AFA letter. Once received, the instructor is responsible for implementing your accommodation; this includes coordinating with Teaching Assistants (TA) in those classes that have sections.

Department OSD Liaison

The OSD Liaison works with the instructor to secure testing rooms and equipment per the AFA letter. If there are questions about accommodations specified in the AFA letter, the OSD Liaison can seek clarification from OSD.

Student First Steps

It is critical that the student start the AFA process as soon as possible by securing an appointment with The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD). In addition, early communication with your instructor (and TA, if applicable) is also key, so that the accommodation may be implemented as quickly as possible. After consultation with OSD and presentation of the required care-provider documentation, you will receive an electronic Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) Letter.