Accommodations and Services

The Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS) offers many important services to its students with disabilities. Eligibility for these services is determined individually based on documentation of need. Prospective students are encouraged to meet with OARS staff  to learn about available services and accommodations. Reasonable accommodations depend upon the nature and degree of severity of the documented disability. While the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1Testing_pic_1990 requires that priority consideration be given to the specific methods requested by the student, it does not imply that a particular accommodation must be granted if it is deemed not reasonable and other suitable techniques are available.

Accommodations and services may include, but are not limited to:

Note taking

Students who are approved for note taking assistance can obtain class notes through the myOARS database. However, note taking assistance is not a substitute for attending class. Many students identify another student in their class to share their notes. The instructor may also announce the need for a volunteer note taker without identifying who you are.

Assistive note taking device

Students may be approved to use one of the following:

  • Glean for Education
  • Digital Voice Recorder: Some students find that recording lectures are an effective technique for obtaining lecture material.
  •  LiveScribe Smart Pen

Students with disabilities may need housing and/or dining accommodations due to the impact of their disability. See our Housing/Dining page for more information. Examples of housing accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Single occupancy rooms
  • Private/semi-private restroom
  • Meal plan exemptions/modifications
  • Assistance animals (Service Animal/Emotional Support Animal)
Advance registration allows students with disabilities the first option of enrollment in University courses for fall and spring semesters. Office of Accessibility Resources and Services staff will grant priority registration to students who require advance planning to arrange modifications.
Alternate format materials are available for eligible students when possible and in accordance with all copyright laws and exceptions. Every attempt is made to provide alternate format in the most efficient and effective way possible.
  OARS will facilitate a meeting between Faculty and students to discuss accommodations.
In addition to assisting students with academic services and accommodations, Office of Accessibility Resources and Services Staff is available to meet with students on a one-to-one basis for assistance with time management, study strategies, and advocacy skills.
Students with disabilities may receive test accommodations determined on an individual basis. “Test” as used in this context, refers to quizzes and examinations taken during the semester in conjunction with an academic class. Students should discuss their specific needs for testing accommodations with the OARS staff.

The University Testing Center administers the exam needs of students with disabilities by proctoring test/quiz accommodations and scheduling exam times. The University Testing Center works closely with UCA faculty concerning exams and appropriate accommodations and strives to serve the UCA campus and community by administering a variety of exams to students and professionals in an optimal testing environment.  It is located in Torreyson West, Room 315.

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Students with print disabilities may qualify to have exams/quizzes read by a University Testing staff member.


Students with print disabilities may qualify to have exams/quizzes scribed by a University Testing staff member. This may include transferring written responses onto Scantrons.

Office of Accessibility Resources and Services will coordinate interpreting and/or transcription services for deaf or hard of hearing students registered with the office. Sign language interpreting and transcription services are available for classroom and lab requirements as well as academic advising and meetings with other university offices.
A transcriber produces text of spoken information using a specific software application. The text can be displayed simultaneously to one or more students via additional laptops or display monitors. A transcriber is an individual who provides a summary of real-time translation of  auditory information into a written transcript.
A sign language interpreter provides communication for deaf or hard of hearing students in either American Sign Language or Signed English.

HED 1320 Concepts of Lifetime Health and Fitness.
HED 2320 Mental Health.
These courses have no physical activity requirement as well as satisfy the Responsible Living part UCA Core.
Please consult with your academic advisor for more information.
We provide time management and study skills assistance for students registered with our office.

Students with permanent or temporary physical disabilities may qualify for Courtesy Cart Services. Students will be transported on campus by golf cart to and from their classes. Please contact OARS for more information.