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Welcome to the Office of Student Disability Services!

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The University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) provides support 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 activities UMBC offers. SDS is within the Office of Accessibility & Disability Services (ADS) under the Division of Academic Affairs. 

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 access barrier, such as an electronic door opener not working, a blocked ramp, ideas, or suggestions, you may use our online reporting form at

https://accessibility.umbc.edu/report-campus-accessibility-concern/

*For prompt service repair/requests such as a broken door or elevator, call Facilities Work Control at (410) 455-2550 (Website link is https://fm.umbc.edu/work-request/).

*For Residential Life requests/repairs, report at “Submit FXit” https://reslife.umbc.edu/.

**To address an accommodation-related concern, please use the SDS student appeal and grievance process listed under the “Resources for students” on the main menu tab, and do not use the “report accessibility concerns” Google form link above.

WELCOME TO SPRING 2023 Retrievers!

SDS Reminders…

1. If you are a new student, REGISTER online and submit disability documentation in our Accommodate system. An email receipt to schedule an intake appointment will follow.

2. Returners: Please submit your “Semester Request” for accommodations in Accommodate every semester enrolled in order to have your letters sent to your instructors/faculty.

3. Accommodated Test Proctoring hours are:

Monday – Friday 9 AM-4 PM

Evening testing is Tues & Wed until 6:30 PM

Please schedule in-person tests online at least two business days in advance.

*To schedule a test or meet with SDS staff, please use our online Accommodate student portal for appointments.*

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Student Disability Services Operations Overview

SDS staff work both in-person and in virtual modalities to ensure that disability support services and accommodations are provided for student access needs.

  • Meetings with SDS staff are held in person, via Webex, or via telephone.
  • SDS-registered students should log into their online Accommodate student account to schedule meetings with staff, or for self-service tasks such as scheduling proctored tests.
  • If you need a meeting outside of open office business hours, please contact a staff member directly via email to request an alternative time be arranged. Evening hours meeting arrangements can be made on special request.
  • All NEW student accommodation requests require an INTAKE appointment and submission of disability documentation. Please submit your SDS registration request through our online Accommodate data management system. The student portal log-in uses your campus ID.
  • Plan to allow for up to two weeks of processing time in order for staff to review your documentation and to respond to the high volume of new student requests in process. Although we try to accommodate all urgent situations, next-day service for accommodation implementation is not always possible; please plan ahead for support needs.

 


ACCOMMODATED TESTING FOR SDS STUDENTS 2023

*Students taking ONLINE COURSES will primarily take their tests remotely in the course platform the instructor has set up and not in SDS unless specialized assistive technology is needed for access (e.g., Blackboard can be set for extended test time by faculty).*

If other access accommodations are needed for online testing, or specialized proctor arrangements are needed, please inform the office and a testing coordinator will assist you (Email: disAbility@umbc.edu).

All in-person accommodated testing is scheduled online through the student’s Accommodate account (“test booking” menu). Only students registered with SDS (i.e. students with disabilities receiving testing accommodations) will be able to schedule tests in SDS.

HELPFUL CAMPUS SUPPORTS: 

  • STUDENTS: Visit Do-IT’s page on Student Technology Resources at  https://doit.umbc.edu/students/,
  • The Academic Success Center is an excellent source of academic support and assists with tutoring, online learning tips, academic policy questions, success planning meetings, and academic advocacy.
  • The Student Affairs Resources webpage also lists a number of offices and services that support student health, well-being, and community connection.
  • FACULTY: Please review our SDS recommended guidelines for providing accommodations found under the SDS Resources menu -> “Information for Faculty” webpage. You will receive an email from SDS directly if you have a student with an accommodation(s) in your course.

*Are you seeking disability-related accommodations as a UMBC EMPLOYEE?

  • For questions about the employee accommodation process, contact UMBC’s Accessibility Manager & ADA Coordinator Stephanie Lazarus by email at slazar@umbc.edu or by phone at (410) 455-5745.
  • Visit the Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS) website for more information and start your employee accommodation inquiry by using the online request form found on the ADS website. A healthcare provider form is available for you to download on the site.  

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.