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Offices & Services

Disability Access

Academic Accommodations

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.

Students with disabilities use an online portal called Accommodate to easily access disability services.

The Accommodate portal manages and provides access to accommodations including scheduling appointments with staff, test room booking, and note-taking services. Students use their Washington College login credentials (the same they use for email, Canvas, WebAdvisor, etc.). Students can log in to the Accommodate Portal using the quick link in the sidebar on the right.  Accommodate is 508-compliant and fully accessible to all students, faculty, and staff. Students can log in to Accommodate using this link -

Here are 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 class 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. For instructions, please follow this link

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.

Sonocent Audio Notetaker

Sonocent Audio Notetaker is a software used by students to capture lecture audio, highlight important information, organize notes, and become a more independent note taker.  

Read & Write

Read&Write 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. It is currently installed on 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 it 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 are taken count toward the requirement. Here is a list of possible substitution courses - Foreign Language Substitution Courses.


If you need to request any documents on this webpage in an alternative accessible format (Braille, digital, audio, or large print) please contact the Office of Academic Skills at 410.778.7860 or

If you have difficulty accessing any portions of this page with adaptive technology, please contact Taylor Fields at 410.810.5841or