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 (No hours 9 – 11, Monday, April 26th. Afternoon hours will be staffed.)
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 here. SDS LOOKS FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU!!
**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. Main office: (410) 455-2459 or disABILITY@umbc.edu.
- SDS staff is offering virtual drop-in hours 4 days a week to answer quick questions (schedule listed above).
VISIT UMBC’S RETRIEVER READY COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR CAMPUS-WIDE UPDATES, RESOURCES AND INFORMATION.
Please also visit our VIRTUAL/Pandemic SDS FAQs in our “Quick Links” menu for general information and questions about virtual operations, testing accommodations, note taking assistance, registration and intake appointments.
**NOTE TO STUDENTS & FACULTY: SDS is not proctoring accommodated testing during Spring or Summer semester 2021. There is no in-office SDS testing available due to COVID-19 restrictions and virtual office operations.**
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!
- FACULTY: Please review our SDS recommended guidelines for providing accommodations during remote instruction (found under the SDS Resources menu “Info for Faculty” page).
*Seeking disability-related accommodations as a UMBC EMPLOYEE? Visit the Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS) website!
*Accessibility concerns? You can make an online report of a campus access concern using the reporting form linked here.
You can also contact the Accessibility Manager/ADA Coordinator Stephanie Lazarus directly by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.