AccessAbility Services

Requesting academic accommodations

The Office of AccessAbility Services (OAS) believes University experiences should be designed to be usable by all to the greatest extent possible. When the design of academic and campus experiences present barriers, accommodations may be necessary. When accommodations are necessary, we are here to collaborate with you to develop a plan that works for you. If you suspect that you may have a disability, but you are not sure, come talk with us. Many students may have disabilities that are not visible including ADHD, learning, or psychiatric disabilities.

OAS engages in an interactive process with each student and determines reasonable accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis dependent upon the nature of each course and the method of instruction as it relates to the student's disability.

When to register

We encourage current and incoming students to connect with OAS well before the start of a term so that any accommodations or services through our office can be in place as early in the term as possible. However, students may register with OAS at any time.

For new students, we welcome you to connect with OAS as soon as you have formally confirmed your commitment to attend Goodwin. For students who are still in exploratory stages, we are happy to schedule an informational meeting with you.

How to register

  1. Begin by telling us about you. Please complete the student registration form.
  2. Meet with the OAS Coordinator. We want to get to know you and learn more! Once you send us your register, OAS will schedule a time to meet with you in-person, by phone, or by virtual/video meeting.
  3. What to expect. After meeting and gathering all relevant information, including documentation, the OAS Coordinator will respond to you in writing confirming what accommodations will be available to you. If a request is determined not to be reasonable, you will receive a detailed rationale and help to explore other strategies and options.
  4. Be in touch. It is important that you let us know if your accommodation is not effective. Please contact us if something is not working or if something changes with respect to your initial request. Accommodation letters need to be updated for each term. Please contact us in advance of your beginning each term.