Learn More About Accommodations

What can EOU’s Disability Services Office do for me?

We provide reasonable accommodations on an individual basis each term according to the courses in which the student is enrolled.  The student seeking accommodations will need to contact the DSO each term and inform the office on what accommodations the student will need in that concurrent term. This can be done by contacting Pat Arnson, at 541-962-3081, or parnson@eou.edu, to discuss your needs or set up an appointment to come see her.  Taylor Smith, the Accommodations Specialist can also schedule appointments for Pat, at 541-962-3235, or tksmith@eou.edu.

Alternative Texts

Alternative texts are available in several formats depending on what works the best for you.  We use the Kurzweil3000/Firefly program to provide audio text for students. The website for this program is accessible from any device that has internet access, making it highly useful. This program takes textbooks and reads it to the student. Kurzweil also allows the student to make notes in their text, highlight certain sections, and will translate text to and from multiple languages. We also utilize Dragon Naturally Speaking, a program that transcribes spoken word into writing.

Remember that the alternative format agreement has to be signed every term

before you receive your text.

“Alternative Format Agreement” that has to be signed every term is available here in printable version.

“Alternative Format Agreement” that has to be signed every term is available here as an online form.

Assistive Technology Software Programs

The Assistive Technology Lab is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and is located in the Disability Services Office, Loso Hall 236.  After-hours appointments are available upon request.

A staff member of the Disability Services Office will assist you with mastering the software listed below.  You can use or be trained on this technology by setting up an appointment with the Accommodations Specialist.

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice-recognition program that transcribes words spoken into a microphone into a Word document.
  • Kurzweil 3000 will scan a textbook and read it out loud.  The reading speed can be adjusted to adapt to the needs of each student.

There are also larger monitors on several of the PC’s, and an FM loop for hearing impaired students.

Extended Testing/Assignment/Canvas Time

Instructors will receive an e-mail stating the eligibility for extended testing, assignment times, or any accommodation that could affect the classroom. For online students, this includes Canvas assignments.  Students need to notify their instructor that they would like to utilize their extended test time accommodation. Instructors have the capability to extend the testing time on Canvas delivered tests. The DSO has a distraction-free testing space available.  If a student would like to take a test in the Disability Services Office they need to schedule it at least two days in advance. Tests proctored in the Disability Services Office are administered at the same time the student would be taking it in class. If an alternate time is needed due to class conflict, the student needs to get approval from their instructor.


If you qualify for this accommodation, you will be provided with notes through email and/or with a hard copy of the notes.  Note-Takers bring their notes to the Accommodations Specialist after every class meeting, the specialist scans the notes, then distributes them accordingly.

Tutors/Study Partners

Tutors and Study Partners are students that work individually with you to help keep you on track in class, up-to-date on homework, and to study for exams.  Tutors are students who have previously taken the class and received a “B” or better in it.  Study Partners are students who are currently in the class and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Once a Tutor or Study Partner has been hired to work with you, the DSO will send you an e-mail with their contact information so that you can get together with them.

To learn how to schedule a tutoring appointment please click the following link Schedule a Tutoring Appointment.