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WELCOME TO THE OFFICE OF STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES

Scroll down to read important information regarding SDS operations during COVID-19 remote operations of the campus.

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 COVID-19**

Our staff remain committed to supporting our students, faculty and staff during this transition to remote campus operations and 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. Questions and concerns are welcome and appointments will be scheduled via Webex, Google Hangouts, Skype, Facetime for Deaf and hard of hearing students, and by phone since in-office meetings are currently restricted.

Staff will be answering email and phone voicemail messages Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

The SDS front desk phone line is currently forwarded to staff remotely and live calls will be answered 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday.

UMBC CLASSES RESUMED AS SCHEDULED ON 3/23/2020 AND ONLINE INSTRUCTION WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SPRING 2020 SEMESTER. 

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED ALTHOUGH ALTERNATE DELIVERY OR FORMATS MAY BE NECESSARY WITH THE CHANGE TO 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”. Subject headings are also helpful, i.e. use the words “intake, accommodation change, testing, notetaking, scribe, etc…

Testing accommodations: Email disAbility@umbc.edu

  • Laura Hesselton lahessel@umbc.edu, SDS Testing Coordinator, can be contacted for assistance if there are challenges or unique circumstances.
  • SDS students: You will not be scheduling your tests through the Accommodate portal as you have been since SDS will not be administering or proctoring quizzes, tests, or exams.
  • 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.
  • **Also, please note that in the online testing environment, students may have time conflicts with scheduled tests in other classes or “live” online sessions. Please work with your SDS students to set an earlier or later test start time if conflicts occur.

Note taking: Email sdsnotetaking@umbc.edu

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.

 

PLEASE VISIT UMBC’S COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR CAMPUS-WIDE UPDATES, RESOURCES, QUESTIONS, AND INFORMATION. PLEASE ALSO FOLLOW THE COVID-19 COMMUNICATION FROM THE UMBC PROVOST’S OFFICE.


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

*For general campus accessibility questions, to report an access concern, 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 so we can provide an alternative format and remedy any accessibility challenges.