The Center for Disability Access and Resources provides equitable access to University of Idaho programs for students with a permanent or temporary disability. CDAR works to create a culture which embraces the diversity of individuals with disabilities and provides seamless access and equity for all. We provide academic accommodations, advocacy, and training. If you're a new Vandal that needs accommodations, or a continuing student just learning you have a disability, the resources on this page will help you get started. If you have a question that isn't answered here, please call 208-885-6307 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Registering with CDAR
The first step to receiving services from CDAR is to complete the CDAR Application. Before starting the application you will need:
- Your Vandal ID and username. You should receive this information in your welcome packet.
- Your DUO authentication device. The CDAR Application uses multi-factor authentication to protect your information, so you'll need your phone or key-fob.
For security, the application will time out after 30 minutes. CDAR just needs basic information to start the accommodation process, you will have the opportunity during a meeting with one of our access consultants to share more details. Once you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation, your application was not submitted. If you need the application in an alternate format, or are not able to complete the application please email email@example.com or call 208-885-6307
Disability documentation must be provided by a physician, psychologist, audiologist, or other licensed professional appropriately qualified to diagnose your specific disability. A 504 or IEP is helpful in establishing previous accommodations, but not a substitute. For more information see our Documentation page.
Once you've completed the CDAR Application, you will need to schedule a meeting with one of our access consultants. Appointments can be made by calling 208-885-6307 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Initial appointments are scheduled for one hour. We are currently conducting appointments via Zoom to promote social distancing.
High School VS College Disability Support
- The Student's rights are primarily protected by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and The Rehabilitation Act, Section 504.
- The school is responsible for identifying students and initiating services.
- The school organize and provides updated testing.
- Teachers and Administrators use an IEP or 504 plan.
- Decisions about the student's education are made by the IEP team.
- The student's rights are primarily protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and The Rehabilitation Act, Section 504
- The student is required to self-identify as having a disability and initiating services with CDAR.
- The student is responsible for obtaining documentation of disability.
- Decisions about the student's education are made by the student.
- High School accommodations are designed to ensure success.
- Accommodations may alter the class standards such as shortened or alternate assignments.
- The IEP team is responsible for evaluating effectiveness of accommodations and adjusting as needed.
- University accommodations are designed to ensure access.
- Accommodations may not fundamentally alter the course.
- The student is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of accommodations and must consult with CDAR should they need to adjust accommodations.
- Parents are included in IEP / 504 plan meetings.
- Parents and teachers can openly speak about the student's progress in the classroom.
- Parents receive regular progress reports.
- Parents can request a meeting with teachers at any time.
- Parents are expected to advocate for their student.
- Students meet with CDAR to set up accommodations. Parents can attend the meeting with the student's permission.
- Instructors and University Staff cannot discuss the student's academic progress without written consent from the student.
- The University does not provide parents with progress or attendance reports.
- The student can request meetings with instructors.
- The student is expected to self-advocate.