Students with disabilities may enter college after having been permitted to have extensions for many of their papers and projects in their previous educational settings. It is neither necessary nor appropriate to give extensions for papers or projects with students with disabilities as a matter of accommodation. In the workplace after the student graduates, there is no extension of time to do reports, to complete a series of sketches for a proposal, to close a deal, or to teach students. There may be a time occasionally when a student is absent due to the impact of the disability. A faculty member would likely give an extension to do the work, or give a reasonable amount of time to turn in the work due after the deadline as a matter of courtesy, just as the same courtesy would be given to a student who has no disability.

Some faculty have chosen to make papers due for their classes in stages, with all of the notes and rough copies as part of the package due. Some do this to prevent plagiarism. Others do it to prevent procrastination. It also works to prevent the type of “block” that comes for some students with disabilities who are overwhelmed with the thought of writing a research proposal or project. A realistic, guided task with feedback given as needed is a great writing experience for those whose writing skills are weak or need to have support.