"Accommodations don't make things easier, just possible; in the same way eyeglasses do not improve the strength of the eyes, they just make it possible for the individual to see better. Accommodations are interventions that allow the learner to indicate what they know. Without the accommodations, the learner may not be able to overcome certain barriers." (Samuels, M. 1992 - Asking the Right Questions. The Learning Centre. Calgary)

The purpose of such academic accommodations is to adjust for the effect of the student's disability, not to dilute academic requirements. The evaluation and assigning of grades should have the same standards for all students, including students with disabilities. Accommodations are designed to lessen the effects of the disability and are required to provide fair and accurate testing to measure knowledge or expertise in the subject.

All courses have essential knowledge and skills which must be mastered and evaluated. If a disability prevents a student from demonstrating knowledge and mastery, an alternative, instructional or evaluative strategy may be developed, or an accommodation may be arranged that is not required of other students.

Please contact Dr. Deborah Fischer at (309) 677-2845 or with additional questions.

Note Taking Request Form and information

Alternative Textbook Format Request Form and information

Service Animals (ADA Definition)

Any guide or signal dog individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability, and the work is directly related to the individual's disability.  An animal fitting this description is considered a service animal under the ADA regardless of whether the animal is trained under a certified society or is licensed by stated or local government.  

The ADA stipulates that service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal's work or the individual's disability prevents using these devices.  In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.  


Handlers (students only)

  1. Handlers are responsible for complying with the Peoria County and city ordinances for animal rights and owner responsibilities, including displaying tags documenting their service animals are vaccinated.
  2. CLA, units of campus, and housing are not responsible for the cost of care necessary for a service animal's well-being - the arrangements and responsibilities with the care of a service animal are the sole responsibility of their handler at all times.  
  3. It is suggested that service animals wear a leash or harness and identification.  
  4. Handlers must be in full control of their service animal at all times.  

University Community

The University Community:

  1. Must allow service animals to accompany their handlers at all times and everywhere on campus, except for places where there is a health, environmental, or safety hazard.  
  2. Should contact the CLA if any questions or concerns arise relating to service animals.  
  3. Should report any service animals who misbehave, or any handlers who mistreat their service animals.

CLA (office responsible for providing services to students with disabilities)

The CLA staff:

  1. Develops the necessary policies and procedures for the University regarding service animals  
  2. Assists the University community when questions or concerns arise relating to service animals on camps, and seeks legal advice when necessary.