WELCOME TO THE OFFICE OF STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES
“Drop in” at the SDS Virtual Office Hours!
All UMBC students, instructors, staff and visitors welcome.
Mondays 9 – 11 am, 12 – 4:30 pm
Wednesdays 9 – 11 am, 12 – 4:30 pm
Thursdays 4:30 -6:30 pm
Fridays 10 am – 12 pm, 2 pm – 4 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 intakes need a scheduled appointment.
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.
**SDS SPRING 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 scheduled via Webex, Google Meets, or by phone since in-office face-to-face meetings are restricted due to COVID-19. Students can log into their Accommodate student account to schedule meetings.
- 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. (410) 455-2459
- SDS staff is offering virtual drop-in hours 4 days a week to answer questions.
VISIT UMBC’S RETRIEVER READY COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR CAMPUS-WIDE UPDATES, RESOURCES AND INFORMATION.
VIRTUAL SDS FAQs
I. GENERAL QUESTIONS: Email disAbility@umbc.edu or contact us by phone at (410) 455-2459.
- Please note if your inquiry is “URGENT”. Specific subject headings are helpful such as words like “intake, testing, documentation”…
II. TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS: Email disAbility@umbc.edu for general testing accommodation questions or difficulties.
**NOTE: SDS is not proctoring accommodated testing during Spring semester 2021. There is no in-office SDS testing available due to COVID-19 restrictions**
- SDS STUDENTS: During remote instruction, you will NOT be scheduling your tests in the Accommodate portal. SDS is not proctoring tests/exams during COVID-19 restrictions. Arrangements must be made with instructors.
- Students still need to fill out the “Semester Request” each semester to have SDS accommodation letters sent to their instructors. The SDS letter notifies faculty if you have testing accommodations that need to be arranged.
- FACULTY: Please review our SDS recommended guidelines for providing accommodations during remote instruction (found under the SDS Resources menu “Info for Faculty” page). Valuable resources such as this short video on how to caption videos using Panopto, and much more can be found there.
- Faculty FAQ: How do I set extended test time?? Follow this link for instructor info.
- Blackboard Ultra Wiki: https://wiki.umbc.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=73893739
- Blackboard Original Wiki: https://wiki.umbc.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=31199137
- NOTE: Students may have time conflicts with scheduled tests in other classes, computer/internet access challenges, or time zone differences. Please work with your SDS students to set an alternate test time if conflicts arise.
- There are great resources for remote instruction and online teaching found on Do-IT’s Academic Continuity page and the FDC’s Keep on Teaching site.
III. NOTETAKING ACCOMMODATIONS: Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or assistance.
- Students: SDS highly recommends using Sonocent Glean for active notetaking or many of the other free & low-cost apps and software available for notetaking support. A list is provided on our Assistive Technology webpage.
IV. APPOINTMENT REQUESTS & NEW STUDENT INTAKES:
To register with the SDS office for coordination of disability accommodations,
- STEP 1 is to schedule an initial intake appointment ONLINE through our Accommodate student portal. Use your myUMBC log-in for access.
- The Requesting Accommodations menu tab on the SDS website provides registration information, discusses the disability documentation needed to implement accommodations, and has Accommodate instructions.
- All meetings will be offered virtually using WebEx, Google Meets, or by phone for Spring 2021. There are no in-person meetings (or testing appointments) due to campus access restrictions.
- If you need accommodations for a UMBC PLACEMENT TEST, please follow STEP 1 to request and register for services using the SDS Accommodate portal. Please note that advance notice is required in order to arrange the accommodations with both SDS and the Academic Success Center who administers placement testing.
- Limited “Virtual Office Drop-in” Hours are available! Please only enter the waiting room at the available staffed drop-in times. Drop-in hours are for brief questions and are not available for initial intake appointments.**
- Arrangements can also be made if an appointment is needed outside of normal business hours, please email special requests.
- Already REGISTERED with SDS? Questions can be answered by:
Contacting the SDS general office email, by phone at (410) 455-2459, through virtual front office drop-in sessions, by making an appointment online in Accommodate, or by contacting a staff member directly through their email.
GENERAL SDS STUDENT INFO & FAQ RESOURCES:
Please note that VitalSource has been providing free online access to a large number of textbooks at https://get.vitalsource.com/vitalsource-helps. Also, please check if your books are available digitally as part of the CMI before requesting alternative digital textbook formats through SDS.
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!
WE HOPE THE INFORMATION YOU FOUND HERE WAS HELPFUL AND SDS LOOKS FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU!!
*To request disability-related accommodations as a UMBC EMPLOYEE: Visit the Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS) website!
You can also contact the Accessibility Manager/ADA Coordinator Stephanie Lazarus directly by email at: email@example.com 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.