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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 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 activities UMBC offers. SDS is within the Office of Accessibility & Disability Services 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!!

MASKING UPDATE: Student Safety & Health

Face mask restrictions have been lifted in public spaces at UMBC, however, masks are REQUIRED to be worn in classrooms and in the SDS multi-student accommodated testing rooms. Masks are available in our office on request.

VISIT UMBC’S RETRIEVER READY COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR QUESTIONS & CAMPUS UPDATES.

 

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 requests such as a broken door/elevator, call Facilities Work Control: (410) 455-2550 (https://fm.umbc.edu/work-request/).

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

**Student concerns about classroom accommodations should be sent to SDS staff directly, not reported on the accessibility concern link above.

Happy Fall Semester!!

SDS Reminders…

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

2. Returners: Please submit your “Semester Request” for accommodations in Accommodate to have letters sent for Fall classes.

3. Accommodated Test Proctoring is from 9am – 4pm, Mon – Friday.

*Tues & Wed night proctoring available until 6:30 PM.*

Schedule 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 appointment requests.*

Student Disability Services 2022-23 Operations

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

  • Appointments with staff are held via Webex, phone, and in-person. SDS students should log into their online Accommodate student account to schedule meetings with staff, or you may contact the SDS front office for assistance.
  • Staff answer email and voicemail messages Monday through Friday during office hours from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Call us at (410) 455-2459 or email disAbility@umbc.edu.
  • If you need a meeting outside of office business hours, please contact a staff member directly to request an alternative time be arranged.
  • All NEW student accommodation requests require an intake appointment and disability documentation. Please submit your request in our Accommodate online system and you will be sent an email to schedule an intake meeting once documents are received (student portal log-in uses your campus ID). For questions, please contact the front office for support.
  • Plan to allow for up to two weeks 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 situations, next-day service for accommodation implementation is not always possible.

 


ACCOMMODATED TESTING 2022-23

*Students taking ONLINE COURSES will take their tests remotely in the course platform the instructor has set up, not in the SDS office 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 testing online, please contact the office to discuss and coordinate arrangements (Email: disAbility@umbc.edu).

All in-person accommodated testing is scheduled online through the student’s Accommodate account.

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.

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

Visit the Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS) website to start your request!

  • For questions about the employee accommodation process, contact the Accessibility Manager/ADA Coordinator Stephanie Lazarus by email at: slazar@umbc.edu or by phone: (410) 455-5745, or submit your inquiry on the accessibility 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 sites, please contact us via email so we can provide an alternative format and remedy any accessibility challenges.