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Adaptations of the educational process

Educational process adaptations are modifications in the course of the studies which give the student an opportunity to fulfil his/her academic obligations while taking into account the student's health condition and the specific substantive requirements of a given university programme. They are designed to be a support in being an independent university student.

The accommodations are suggested by an educational advisor after a one-on-one meeting with the student and his/her submission of medical documentation in accordance with 7 educational support principles. 

The accommodations are granted upon the undergarduate/doctoral student's request in compliance with relevant procedures in force (JU Rector's Ordinance no. 150)

  • a) Some examples of accommodations related to course meetings and lectures:
    • § Use of teaching aids which facilitate the reception of information by the visual channel (e.g. multimedia presentations, slides, graphs, charts, maps, illustrations, photographs). 
    • § Making the course materials available to the students sufficiently early before the meeting (e.g. an e-format or paper-based outline, main points, references, multimedia presentation) 
    • § Making technological solutions available to the student, like hearing support systems (FM) and inductophonic loop.
    • § Assistance of the JU DSS in obtaining notes from lectures/course meetings for the student when his/her disability makes it impossible for him/her to take them independently
  • b) Some examples of accommodations related to course completion assignments/tests and examinations:
    • § Extending their duration;
    • § Receiving written questions during oral examinations; 
    • § Replacing oral with written tests.

Details concerning the rules of requesting adaptations. 

Model documents.

The DSS can cooperate with teachers in order to agree as to the best educational strategies so that courses can be delivered in an accessible format. Such cooperation could cover:

  • a) Notifying the teachers of the accommodations granted to the student
  • b) Providing teaching tips concerning ways and methods of course and examination preparation taking into account the needs of students with hearing disability.
  • c) Delivering consultations and training for teachers in methods of supporting students with hearing disability and the adaptation of educational materials.

Sign language interpreter

The Disability Support Service can provide a sign language interpreter for deaf undergraduate/doctoral students who can assist them during course meetings/lectures and other situations at university requiring his/her presence, e.g. at the dean's office.

For the sake of efficient organisation please inform the JU DSS of the need to use such services as early as possible.

Model request for sign language services at university.