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WELCOME TO THE OFFICE OF STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES

Scroll down to read important information regarding SDS operations during remote operations of the campus during the Fall 2020 semester.

 

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) provides resources and supports to students with disabilities as well as those with temporary injuries and conditions that may require accommodations in order to participate fully in all of UMBC’s programs, services and activities. We are guided by principles of inclusion, equity, allyship and universal design; all members of our diverse campus community are welcome.

**SDS BUSINESS CONTINUITY DURING FALL 2020 REMOTE OFFICE OPERATIONS**

Our staff remain committed to supporting our students, faculty and staff during remote campus operations, hybrid face to face/online courses, and ongoing online learning. SDS supports both UMBC Main Campus and UMBC-USG (Shady Grove campus).

All SDS staff will be working remotely to ensure that disability support services continue to be available. Appointments will be scheduled via Webex, Google Hangouts, or by phone since in-office meetings are currently restricted.

Staff will be answering email and voicemail messages Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The SDS front desk phone line is currently forwarded to staff remotely.

MOST UMBC COURSES WILL BE ENTIRELY REMOTE FOR THE FALL 2020 SEMESTER. A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF COURSES WILL BE HYBRID F2F/REMOTE.

THE SDS OFFICE WILL OPERATE ENTIRELY REMOTELY DURING FALL SEMESTER 2020.

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED, ALTHOUGH ALTERNATE DELIVERY OR FORMATS MAY BE NECESSARY WITH THE CHANGE TO REMOTE COURSE DELIVERY OR HYBRID FACE TO FACE/REMOTE COURSE DELIVERY.

FOR QUESTIONS

General questions: Email disAbility@umbc.edu or contact us by phone at (410) 455-2459.

  • Please note in any messages left or emailed if your inquiry is “URGENT”. Specific subject headings are helpful, i.e. use the words “intake, accommodation change, testing, note taking, etc…

Testing accommodations: Email disAbility@umbc.edu for general testing accommodation questions or challenges.

  • Laura Hesselton lahessel@umbc.edu, the SDS Testing Coordinator, can also be contacted for assistance.
  • SDS students: During remote instruction, you will NOT be scheduling your tests through the Accommodate portal since SDS will not be administering or proctoring quizzes, tests, or exams during remote (online) instruction. **However, please note that you should fill out your “semester request” for each session or semester so that we can send your accommodation letters to your instructors.
  • Faculty: Please review our SDS guidelines for providing accommodations during remote instruction (found under the SDS Resources menu “Info for Faculty” page).
  • Faculty FAQ: How do I set extended test time?? Follow this link for instructor info.

Note taking: Email sdsnotetaking@umbc.edu for assistance.

Appointments/Meeting Requests:

  • Request disability services and schedule an initial intake appointment ONLINE through our Accommodate student portal. Use your myUMBC log-in for access.
  • The Requesting Accommodations menu tab on this site provides registration information and discusses disability documentation.
  • Follow up meetings and accommodation questions for registered SDS students can be answered by contacting staff directly through email, by contacting the SDS general email, or by phone call.
  • All meetings/intakes will be offered virtually using WebEx, Google Hangouts, or by phone at this time. There are no in-person meetings (or testing appointments) due to the campus access restriction.
  • If you are seeking accommodations for your initial UMBC placement test, please request and register for services using the SDS Accommodate portal. All efforts will be made to expedite these requests, although advance notice to arrange the accommodations with SDS and the Academic Success Center who administers placement tests is necessary.

Attention students: Please note that VitalSource is also providing free online access to a large number of textbooks at https://get.vitalsource.com/vitalsource-helps.

We also encourage you to be familiar with Do-IT’s page on Student Technology Resources at  https://doit.umbc.edu/students/.

 

PLEASE VISIT UMBC’S COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR CAMPUS-WIDE UPDATES, RESOURCES, QUESTIONS, AND INFORMATION. 


We hope the information you find here is helpful and we look forward to working with you!

*For general campus accessibility questions and access concerns or to request disability-related accommodations as an employee, please contact UMBC’s Accessibility Manager/ADA Coordinator, Stephanie Lazarus, at slazar@umbc.edu or by phone at 410-455-5745. Information for visitors and employees can also be found on our Accessibility and Disability Services website.

 

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 site, please contact us via email so we can provide an alternative format and remedy any accessibility challenges.