Welcome to the Office of Student Disability Services!
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) provides resources to students with disabilities, as well as those with temporarily disabling conditions and injuries, that may require accommodations in order to have equal access and full participation in all of UMBC’s programs, services and activities.
We are guided by principles of inclusion, equity, and universal design and all members of our diverse campus community are welcome here.
SDS LOOKS FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU!!
“Drop-in” at the SDS Virtual Office Hours!
All UMBC students, instructors, staff, and visitors are welcome.
Please check back for schedule changes due to phasing back to on-site office hours over Summer Session.
During July, SDS plans to have a mix of remote and on-site office hours.
Virtual Front Desk
- Mondays: 9 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 3 pm
- Tuesdays: 9 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 3 pm
- Wednesdays: 9 am – 12 pm
- Thursdays: 9 am – 12 pm and 4:30 – 6:30 pm
- Fridays: 10 am – 12 pm
Please click the link provided below during the posted drop-in hours. The SDS staff host will admit you from the “waiting room” as soon as the staff member is available and the previous visitor has left.
Brief questions can be answered “live” during our virtual drop-in hours, but intake appointments must be scheduled.
SDS Summer 2021 Remote Office Operations
Student Disability Services (SDS) staff remain committed to supporting the access needs of our students, faculty, and staff during remote campus operations and hybrid/hyflex course delivery due to COVID-19 restrictions.
All SDS staff are working remotely to ensure that disability support services and accommodations continue to be provided.
- Appointments with staff can be held via Webex, Google Meets, or by phone since in-office face-to-face meetings are restricted due to COVID-19. Students can log into Accommodate to schedule meetings or contact a staff member via email.
- Staff are answering email and voicemail messages Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The SDS front desk phone line is forwarded to staff remotely during open office hours. Main office: (410) 455-2459 or disAbility@umbc.edu.
- SDS staff are available for virtual drop-in hours 4 days a week to answer quick questions (schedule and webex link listed below).
VISIT UMBC’S RETRIEVER READY COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR CAMPUS-WIDE UPDATES, RESOURCES, AND INFORMATION.
Please also visit our VIRTUAL/Pandemic SDS FAQs for general information and questions about virtual operations, testing accommodations, note-taking assistance, registration, and intake appointments.
**NOTE TO STUDENTS & FACULTY: SDS is not proctoring accommodated testing during Summer session 2021. There is no in-office SDS testing available due to COVID-19 restrictions and virtual office operations.**
For online learning support and questions, we recommend:
- Do-IT’s page on Student Technology Resources at https://doit.umbc.edu/students/,
- The Academic Support, Student Services, and Online Learning sections of the Retriever Ready COVID-19 website, and
- The Academic Success Center website; an excellent source of academic support and can assist with tutoring, online learning tips, academic policy questions and planning for success meetings. Their “help” videos are great!
- FACULTY: Please review our SDS recommended guidelines for providing accommodations during remote instruction which can be found under the SDS Resources menu -> “Information for Faculty” web page).
*Seeking disability-related accommodations as a UMBC EMPLOYEE? Visit the Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS) website!
*Accessibility concerns? You can make an online report of a campus access concern using the reporting form linked here.
You can also contact the Accessibility Manager/ADA Coordinator Stephanie Lazarus directly by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: (410) 455-5745 for questions about the employee accommodation process or general campus accessibility.
UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all students, staff, and visitors. If you have difficulties accessing any of the materials on our sites, please contact us via email so we can provide an alternative format and remedy any accessibility challenges.