Register for Accommodations

Many students with diabetes don’t register with their school’s Disability/Auxiliary Services office – but why not?! Some students simply don’t know that it’s an option, and some are just completely turned off by the idea. We hear you, but check out the videos below to see what other CDN students say about how helpful registering for accommodations has been. 

Reasons to Register for Accommodations

  • Plan before an emergency. If you aren’t registered for accommodations, you aren’t guaranteed any sort of accommodations for any problems that may arise due to your diabetes. You cannot register for accommodations retroactively, therefore if you fail/miss a test because of low or high blood sugar, and you haven’t registered, you’ll have to accept the grade.
  • Don’t sell yourself short. It is scientifically proven that low or high blood sugar can seriously affect your academic performance. Perhaps you can get a passing grade on a test while your blood sugar is 300, but imagine what you’d get if you weren’t. Set yourself up for success.
  • Advocate for yourself. Most professors are extremely accommodating, but once in a while you encounter a professor that isn’t. Registering with disabilities overrides whatever rules they’ve established around food and drink in the classroom, the use of technology (“texting” on your pump), ability to make up exams, etc.
  • Don’t let diabetes limit you. Accommodations can also extend to housing, dining, and registering for classes. For example where you live, roommate situations, meal plans, and early class registration. 

How Do I Register for Accommodations?

  • Identify who is in charge of accommodations. Each campus is different. The office in charge of accommodations could be called Disability Services, Auxiliary Services, Accessibility Services, etc. Try searching “disability services” and “Your Campus Name” to find the office you should connect with. Still unsure? Try checking in with the health center, residential life staff or student affairs.
  • Register as soon as you get to campus. Reach out to the office responsible for accommodations as soon as you get to school, or even right before. Many campuses offer a very brief window for students to register for accommodations, so don’t miss it.
  • Provide appropriate documentation. While every campus is different, according to the American Diabetes Association, it’s a good idea to have the following documentation from your doctor:
    • A diagnosis of your diabetes along with its symptoms (believe it or not, not everyone is familiar with diabetes or what it means).
    • An explanation of how your diabetes is a disability.
    • A request for specific modifications along with an explanation on why they are appropriate (see the resource buttons below) .

Check out the resource buttons at the bottom of this page to find out what types of accomodations to request. These three are a good place to start:

  • ADA Advocacy Guide for Students
  • Possible Accomoations for Students with Diabetes
  • Registering for Accommodations

Want more info about registering for accommodations? Request our Off to College booklets for students and parents, which cover accommodations and much more. 


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