Plan activities and procedures with the needs of students with disabilities
in mind. This prior planning will help avoid creating barriers which later
require complex adjustments. Valuing the richness of experience that students
from differing perspectives bring, results in programs and policies that serve
all students more effectively.
Students with disabilities must have an equal opportunity to participate in
student activities that take place off-campus, to the extent possible given the
"essential nature" of the event or program. When planning for
off-campus experiences, it is important to consider the accessibility of
programs, facilities and sites and to give adequate notice to participants. If
transportation is provided for all participants, then it must be accessible for
students with disabilities.
For more information refer to A Checklist for
Planning Field Trips or Retreats.
Students may need accommodations when fulfilling the requirements of an
internship, just as they need them in classrooms and in the workforce. Students
in their first work experience in a new setting may not realize that they will
need accommodations or know which accommodations to request. When students
begin planning for internships, it is important that they consider the effects
of their disabilities on the work they choose and investigate accommodations
that can help. Disabilities Services can help students research possibilities
and support their decision-making.
Eligibility requirements for all programs and activities must be based on
specific abilities needed to complete the program successfully.