Substitution & Waiver Guide

Ways to Meet Quantitative Reasoning Requirements

Many colleges have programs or classes for non-math, or non-science majors to satisfy their quantitative reasoning GER (General Education Requirements) requirements. Some programs are listed below.


A student's developmental history, and persistent errors and symptoms, will indicate the presence of dyscalculia syndrome (AKA mathematics disorder or specific learning disability in mathematics in the areas of math memory, math reasoning, computation, math writing, math speaking, visual-spatial orientation and sequencing). 

A Math LD student will always be challenged by memory and retrieval limitations, and recording and processing errors,  and will need to employ special coping strategies throughout their lifetime. 

Where math courses are required, but not integral scaffolding for advanced study in the area of specialty, a course waiver or substitution is warranted to avoid discrimination against persons with disabilities under Section 504 of the Civil Rights Act. 

Disability-related performance limitations that result in poor grades and a lower GPA, can result in the future exclusion of the disabled student from scholarship and extracurricular opportunities. 

For more guidance, see Utah AHEAD's Trends and Best Practices in College Math

Waivers for Students with Math Learning Disabilities (attached below).

Accommodations: In situations requiring mathematics, it is recommended that Math LD students be given tools and strategies appropriate to the tasks, and be shown how to use specific tools in specific situations to facilitate and expedite math computation and processing efficiencies. 

Constructive Authentic Assessments should replace traditional timed exams. The assessment criteria is clearly stated. The student demonstrates mastery by creating a project, presentation, explainer video, illustrated study guide, by writing a paper, or by richly completing a take-home exam. In each instance, key terminology is defined and illustrated, concepts are worked with color coding, and rationale is provided. 

Tools to Mitigate the Impact of Dyscalculia