Students with disabilities may request additional support through the Department of Counseling, Testing, and Disability Services. The University will endeavor to support students with special needs where resources are available. Requests are confidential and will be handled with the upmost discretion. Students with verified disabilities will be provided reasonable accommodations that provide equal access to educational facilities, programs, services, and activities. Students may make requests for services by contacting the Department of Counseling, Testing, and Disability Services located in Building B.
The staff in the Department of Counseling, Testing, and Disability Services will seek to verify the disability and determine accommodations needed to provide equal access to facilities, programs, activities, and educational opportunities at AURAK. Verification of the disability as well as the classroom and testing accommodations will be communicated to the appropriate individuals upon written consent of the student.
Types of Disabilities
The following is a list of disabilities recognized under UAE Federal Law No. (29) of 2006.
- Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Auditory Impairment/Hearing Loss or Deafness
- Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger’s Syndrome
- Emotional/Psychiatric Disabilities
- Physical Disability
- Other Health Impairment/Medical Disabilities
- Specific Learning Disability
- Traumatic Brain Injury/Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment
Types of Accommodations
The following is a list of the most typical types of accommodations provided. Accommodations are determined based on the type of disability and the needs of the student.
- Preferential seating (does not necessarily mean in front of the teacher’s desk)
- Note-taking assistance which may include assistance from classmates, copies of classmates and/or instructor’s notes and/or overheads
- Extended time for tests, quizzes, and exams
- Exams administered in a quiet, non-distracting environment
- Tape recording of lectures
- Extended time for in class assignments
- Concise oral instructions and/or clarification of instructions
- Syllabus provided before the start of the semester
AURAK is committed to supporting the academic success of all students. There are times in life that events occur which inhibit progress temporarily. Students who suffer a temporary injury or health related occurrence and require assistance are encouraged to immediately contact the Department of Counseling, Testing and Disability Services. The staff will collaborate and coordinate reasonable support efforts for students with functional impairment. These may include broken bones, injuries requiring surgery and other acute illnesses. Appropriate temporary accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and may include such accommodations as: assistance with obtaining class notes, and assistance with taking exams and/or quizzes if the student is unable to write.