Implementing reasonable accommodations for students in Schools
This page contains guidance for School staff (specifically Disability Liaison Officers, Module owners and other staff) on the responsibilities and process of implementing reasonable accommodations.
The process of recommending reasonable accommodations is initiated by the Disability Service (DS) following a meeting between a Disability Officer and the student. The Disability Officer will prepare a needs assessment report known as a LENS report which is a list of the required support for that student. The LENS is published on SITS to be viewed by School, Exams and Tutors. The School and Exams staff are responsible for ensuring that the reasonable accommodations are implemented.
What is a Reasonable Accommodation?
A “reasonable accommodation” (as it is referred to in the Equal Status Act) is an amendment to the student’s course of study which enables her/him to participate fully in their education. An adjustment is
- intended to help ensure disabled students are not disadvantaged
- available to students with specific learning difficulties and other disabilities
- intended to address a disability related issue not an ability “gap”.
Trinity has introduced a Reasonable Accommodation Policy and the associated Code of Practice (Appendix 1) in January 2018, is to provide a framework for the provision of reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities studying in Trinity. The policy defines standard and non-standard reasonable accommodations available to students with disabilities. The policy explains how reasonable accommodations are granted and communicated to all relevant stakeholders.
More information on this Reasonable Accommodation policy can be found at the following web link
More information on how Standard and Non-standard RA are decided can be found at the following link
How are reasonable accommodations decided?
Standard Reasonable Accommodations are decided by a Disability Officer at the Disability Service following the submission of relevant medical evidence (e.g. a letter from a medical professional or an Educational Psychologist report) and discussion with the student. This discussion will explore the student’s strengths and areas where s/he may need support. Students normally self-refer to the Disability Service, but maybe also encouraged to do so by their Personal Tutor, a lecturer or other staff member.
The Disability Officer will always consider the requirement for students to demonstrate that they have achieved defined core competence standards when exploring support options and reasonable accommodations. Academics are encouraged to discuss the relevance of reasonable accommodations in particular courses and if they feel an RA will not work they can ask for this to be reviewed and an alternative RA can be suggested via the Non-standard RA route.
More information on Reasonable Accommodation decision making process linked here.