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Accessing Accommodations & Request Timeline

Getting Started​

The University of Colorado Anschutz Disability Resources and Services Office is the best starting point for information on how to start the support process. Self-Advocacy is a critical part of this process. Our staff want to empower you to make decisions and create the relationships you need to be successful. We have developed the following 3 step process for managing accommodations:

Easy 3-Step Process:

  1. ​​Contact our office here to arrange an intake appointment with one of our counselors.

  2. Bring appropriate documentation to the intake meeting.Documentation for disability accommodation requests must establish the disability and provide adequate information on the functional impact of the disability, so that effective accommodations can be identified. In the context of post-secondary education, documentation should provide DRS with a basic understanding of the individual's disability and enough information to anticipate how the current impact of the disability is expected to interact with your school/college structure of courses, testing methods, program requirements, etc.

  3. Meet with a counselor to discuss how your disability impacts you in an educational setting, review documentation, and discuss reasonable accommodations.


Relationships are critical to your success. It is recommended that you establish an ongoing relationship with your counselor to ensure your needs are appropriately met. The students that tend to be more successful in this academic environment are the ones who utilize all the resources available to them.

Privacy is important, so please know that when you meet with your counselor, it is in a private office and information pertaining to your discussions, and documentation is confidential. Information will not be released without student consent.

Advance Notice Timeline​

 View this table in PDF format


Accommodation Request for Services Student Responsibility

Accommodation Aide/Assistant

  • Laboratory
  • Student Teaching Setting
  • Internship Setting

3 – 4 Weeks:

  • Before your first lab
  • Before your off-campus teaching or internship experience

After registering for the course, contact the DRS Coordinator to review course requirements and the hiring of an aide.

Alternate Format — Textbooks

  • Digital Audio
  • Scanned/Electronic (PDF/Word)
  • E-PUB
  • Braille/Enlarged Print

2 — 4 Weeks:

  • Before the first class (or)
  • Before you wish to receive the books

After registering for your courses, contact the appropriate Assistive Technology professional for your campus (CU Denver or CU Anschutz)​

Alternative Testing – Exams

  • Additional Time
  • Private Room
  • Reader
  • Scribe
  • Use of Calculator
  • Use of Computer
  • Use of Spellchecker
  • Enlarged Print or Braille or Electronic

1 – 2 Weeks prior to the exam

  1. Pick up a Test Accommodation Form (TAF) for each exam.
  2. Complete the "Student section" of the TAF and take the form to your professor.
  3. Meet with your professor and have him/her complete the "Instructor section".
  4. Submit the completed TAF to the DRS front desk one week prior to each exam and schedule a room & accommodations.

Assistive Technology

  • Portable devices (reading pens, talking calculators)  
  • Screen Reading Program
  • Text Enlargement

1 — 2 Weeks before first class

    After registering with the DRS, schedule a meeting with the appropriate Assistive Technology professional for your campus (CU Denver or CU Anschutz)

Deaf/HOH Services

  • Interpreters (PSE, SE, CASE)
  • Captionists (CART)

4 — 6 Weeks before first class

  1. After registering for your courses, provide your class schedule to the Director along with your communication preferences for each class.
  2. Confirmation of interpreter or captionist will be provided to you as soon as the information is available.

Notetaking Services

1 Week before first class

  1. Drop off your class schedule at the front desk and identify the courses want to receive notetaker services.
  2. Pick up the notetaker agreement forms and NCR paper (if needed) and take to your first class for the notetaker.

Special Furniture

  • Table
  • Padded Chair
  • Adjustable Table or Desk

1 Week before first class


After attending the first week of class

Submit your class schedule to the front desk staff and identify which classrooms require special furniture and identify the type of furniture.


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