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!!
Report Campus Accessibility Concerns
To report an issue or access challenge, such as an electronic door opener not working, a blocked ramp, etc., please submit this form:
*Or, Call Facilities Work Control: (410) 455-2550
“Drop-in” at the SDS Virtual Office Hours!
All UMBC students, instructors, staff, and visitors are welcome. SDS will have both remote and on-site office hours for Fall 2021.
Virtual Front Desk
- Mondays: 10 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 3 pm
- Tuesdays: 1 pm – 3 pm
- Wednesdays: 9 am – 12 pm
- Thursdays: 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.
*New INTAKE appointments must be scheduled and are not available for drop-in.*
SDS FALL 2021 Office Operations
Student Disability Services (SDS) staff remain committed to supporting the access needs of our students, faculty, and staff for in-person, remote, and hybrid course delivery.
All SDS staff are working both in-person and in virtual modalities to ensure that disability support services and accommodations are provided effectively.
- Appointments with staff can be held via Webex, Google Meets, phone, or in-person. Students can log into their online Accommodate student account to schedule meetings or can contact a staff member via email to request a meeting time.
- Staff answer email and voicemail messages Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Main office: (410) 455-2459 or disAbility@umbc.edu.
- SDS staff are available for virtual drop-in hours 5 days a week to answer quick questions (schedule and Webex link in text box above).
VISIT UMBC’S RETRIEVER READY COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR CAMPUS-WIDE UPDATES, RESOURCES, AND INFORMATION ON CAMPUS OPERATIONS AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS.
NOTE TO STUDENTS & FACULTY ABOUT ACCOMMODATED TESTING:
**Due to COVID-19 health and safety requirements, SDS is providing in-person test proctoring accommodations at a REDUCED CAPACITY for Fall 2021.**
*Students taking online courses will take their tests remotely in the course platform the instructor has set up, not in the SDS office (e.g., Blackboard can be set for extended test time).
For academic learning support and questions, SDS recommends:
- 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 assists with tutoring, online learning tips, academic policy questions, and planning for success meetings.
- FACULTY: Please review our SDS recommended guidelines for providing accommodations found under the SDS Resources menu -> “Information for Faculty” webpage.
- STUDENTS: FAQ of the day? Where can I study or attend my online course quietly on campus? https://covid19.umbc.edu/academic-support/campus-study-spaces/
*Are you seeking disability-related accommodations as a UMBC EMPLOYEE?
- Visit the Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS) website!
- Make a suggestion or submit a campus access concern online using the reporting form linked here.
For questions about the employee accommodation process or general campus accessibility, please contact the Accessibility Manager/ADA Coordinator Stephanie Lazarus by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: (410) 455-5745.
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.