Welcome to the Office of Student Disability Services!
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!!
The wearing of face masks is required in UMBC classrooms, designated research/lab spaces, and SDS multi-student testing rooms. Thank you for your cooperation.
Face mask restrictions have been lifted for most public and community spaces at UMBC. However, continued mask-wearing is encouraged and welcomed.
Report Campus Accessibility Concerns
To report an issue or access challenge, such as an electronic door opener not working, a blocked ramp, etc., you may use our online reporting form found at
*Or, call Facilities Work Control for prompt door/elevator access issues: (410) 455-2550.
We are upgrading our phone system. If you are unable to get through by phone to a “live” person during open office hours, please leave a voicemail or email us at disAbility@umbc.edu until the phones are back to normal.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
*If you are looking to schedule an exam or a meeting with a staff member, please use our online Accommodate student portal.*
Student Disability Services SPRING 2022 Office Operations
All SDS staff are working both in-person and in virtual modalities to ensure that disability support services and accommodations are provided.
- Appointments with staff can be held via Webex, Google Meets, phone, or in-person. SDS students should log into their online Accommodate student account to schedule meetings with staff or they can contact a staff member via email to request a meeting date/time.
- Staff answer email and voicemail messages Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Main office: Call (410) 455-2459 or email disAbility@umbc.edu.
- If you have a need to meet outside of open business hours, please contact a staff member directly to create an alternative arrangement.
- All NEW student accommodation requests require an intake appointment. Please submit your request in our online system and you will be sent an email to schedule an intake meeting. Please plan to allow up to two weeks processing time in order to allow staff to review your documentation and to respond to the high volume of requests being processed.
VISIT UMBC’S RETRIEVER READY COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR CAMPUS-WIDE UPDATES, RESOURCES, AND INFORMATION ON CAMPUS OPERATIONS AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS.
ACCOMMODATED TESTING UPDATES SPRING 2022:
*Due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, SDS in-person test proctoring accommodations are being scheduled at REDUCED SEATING CAPACITY. Please BOOK testing appointments with plenty of advance notice (a minimum 2 business days notice is REQUIRED).*
Please contact disAbility@umbc.edu if there are concerns or alternative testing arrangements are needed.
*Students taking ONLINE COURSES will take their tests remotely in the course platform the instructor has set up, not in the SDS office (e.g., Blackboard can be set for extended test time by the faculty member). If other access accommodations are needed to test online, please contact the office to discuss solutions.
For academic learning support and questions, SDS recommends:
- 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 assists with tutoring, online learning tips, academic policy questions, and planning for success meetings.
- FACULTY: Please review our SDS recommended guidelines for providing accommodations found under the SDS Resources menu -> “Information for Faculty” webpage.
- STUDENTS: FAQ of the day? Where can I study or attend my online course quietly on campus? https://covid19.umbc.edu/academic-support/campus-study-spaces/
*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 or general campus accessibility concerns, contact the Accessibility Manager/ADA Coordinator Stephanie Lazarus by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: (410) 455-5745.
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.