Offices & Services

Disability Services

Academic Accommodations

There are many academic accommodations available to students with disabilities. Each accommodation is considered carefully through an interactive process.

Reasonable academic accommodation requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. They are approved and provided based on the supporting documentation provided, as well as the individual experiences of the student. The information provided below includes some of the most requested academic accommodations.

Extended-time Testing

Extended-time and distraction reduced testing are accommodations for some students with disabilities. Students can schedule a quiz, test, or exam through the Accommodate portal. Instructions can be found on the Alternative Test Room Booking page under the Accommodate portal section to the left. 

Note-Taking Services

Students who have been approved for note-taking services as an accessibility accommodation can access copies of course notes digitally through the Accommodate portal. Instructions can be found on the Note-Taker Network page under the Accommodate portal section to the left.

Accessible Instructional Materials

Students with certain disabilities requiring instructional materials, such as audio or digital books can request alternative versions of those materials. To request materials, students login to the AMAC Student Center . Instructions can be found on the AMAC Student Center page to the left. 

Permission to Record Lectures

Students with qualifying disabilities may record class lectures for their personal study use only. The student will be asked to submit a Recorded Lecture Agreement, which must be submitted to the OAS prior to using this accommodation.

Assistive Technology

We have several types of assistive technologies available to students with disabilities while they are attending Washington College.

Read & Write Gold

Read&Write Gold Software is a flexible Read&Write literacy software solution to help with reading, writing, studying, and research on the Desktop, in the Cloud, or on an iPad.  

This software is available for use by all Washington College students, faculty, and staff. RWG is currently installed in all the computers on the first floor of Miller Library including the Newlin Room. Students can take their computer to the Help Desk to have RWG installed.

Livescribe Echo® Smartpens

Smartpens record everything you hear and write. It lets you capture words, diagrams, scribbles, symbols and audio - syncing everything you hear to what you wrote. We have a smartpen loaner program for students with disabilities who request this accommodation. 

JAWS (Job Access With Speech)

JAWS is screen reading software, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for many PC computer applications. JAWS can be requested as an accommodation for students with vision loss.

Dragon® NaturallySpeaking

This speech-to-text software package has three primary areas of functionality: voice recognition in dictation with speech transcribed as written text, recognition of spoken commands, and text-to-speech: speaking text content of a document. Students with certain disabilities can request the use of Dragon® NaturallySpeaking software as an accommodation.

Foreign Language Substitution

Some students who have a language-based disability can qualify to substitute two courses to satisfy the foreign language requirement. Students who are approved for this accommodation must use the Foreign Language Substitution Approval Form to ensure that the courses taken count toward the requirement. The approval form contains a list of substitution courses available to students.

If you have any difficulty using the portal, please call 410.778.7860, come to the OAS, or email us at