Letters of Academic Accommodation

A student requests his or her letters of academic accommodation at the beginning of each semester. 

Letters are individualized to the particular faculty members the student is studying with that semester.

We encourage students to present their academic accommodation letters early in the semester.

Disabilities Services for Undergraduates

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Undergraduate Students with Disabilities

Office email:  access@brandeis.edu

Your key connection to accommodations and support is through Disabilities Services and Support, housed within the Office of Academic Services. Our staff is listed below:

Beth Rodgers-Kay, Director
Disabilities Services and Support
Office of Academic Services MS 001
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02454
To schedule an appointment: 781-736-3470
Fax: 781-736-2003

Kerry Patenaude, Assistant Director
Disabilites Services and Support
To schedule an appointment: 781-736-3470
Fax: 781-736-2003

Rage Hezekiah, Specialist
Disabilities Services and Support
To schedule an appointment: 781-736-3470
Fax: 781-736-2003

Academic Accommodations and Support

Once students have submitted documentation of a disability (see "Documentation" section of this website), they are encouraged to set up a meeting with Beth, Kerry, or Rage.  In that discussion with the student, the staff member determines specific classroom and exam accommodations that are based on the student's documented needs.  

Common accommodations are:

  • Extended test time
  • Loan of a digital smartpen or services of a notetaker
  • Accessible textbooks and course materials
  • Use of adaptive technology

Students then request and receive letters they can carry to their instructors, notifying them of the their approved accommodations. Faculty are accustomed to receiving the letter of accommodation from this office and should not be expected to determine an appropriate accommodation for a disability.

Additional Academic Services

Brandeis' disabilities office is part of the network of resources and advisors within the Office of Academic Services. Students easily receive introductions and referrals to services and support that are available to all undergraduates: class-year advisors and programming, trained peer advisors and mentors, peer tutors through Brandeis Undergraduate Group Study (BUGS) and advisors for academic fellowships, study abroad and health professions. We readily connect students with the resources of the Writing Center, graduate student tutors in chemistry and math and the academic advising network of faculty advisors.

Additionally, Beth Rodgers-Kay, Kerry Patenaude, and Rage Hezekiah meet individually with students to advise and support them. Specifically, they promote the use of academic strategies, development of the student's self-knowledge and good communication with faculty and staff.

Medical/Disability Needs in Residence Halls

Students request a disability-related housing need by following the process described under the "Need-Based Housing" section of this website. Reasonable accommodations for housing are determined on a case-by-case basis, through consultation among personnel from the Office of Community Life, the Health Center, the Psychological Counseling Center and Disabilities Services and Support.

Accessible Classroom Locations, Transportation or Parking

Beth Rodgers-Kay, Kerry Patenaude, and Rage Hezekiah work in partnership with offices and departments across campus to communicate and coordinate to meet the accessibility needs of students who have mobility limitations.

Temporary Disabilities Due to Illness or Injury

Please contact our office if you have accessibility needs due to illness or injury.