The mission of The Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), is to ensure that UMBC students with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the programs, services, and activities of the University through the provision of accommodations and reasonable modifications that result in equal access and full inclusion.
Student Disability Services’ goals are:
- To provide a welcoming, encouraging, and empowering environment for students with disabilities;
- To foster an institutional climate supportive of success to students with disabilities where students are recognized for their abilities rather than their disabilities;
- To coordinate accommodations that will allow students equal access and participation to all University courses, programs, and activities; and
- To increase retention and graduation rates for students with disabilities.
Who does SDS serve and what services are provided?
- Reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities are provided for all UMBC students “qualified” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA and ADAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, who request and are eligible for services.
- An individual with a disability is defined as someone with a physical or mental impairment that impacts a major life activity. Disabilities can be visible (such as someone who uses a wheelchair, a person who uses hearing aids, or someone using a cane to navigate campus who has low vision). However, the majority of disabilities are invisible and include conditions such as learning disorders, mental health diagnoses such as major depression, or a chronic health condition or illness).
- Whether your disabilities are visible or invisible, temporary or chronic, SDS will work with individuals to create accommodations that provide them access and participation in all UMBC has to offer. An interactive, individualized intake meeting with an SDS disability specialist to discuss access needs and campus resources is provided for all students seeking ADA accommodations due to disability challenges and access barriers.
- Proctored exams outside of the classroom, note-taking assistance, sign language interpreters, transcription, assistive and adaptive technology, and accessible campus housing are all examples of accommodations coordinated by SDS to support students with disabilities at UMBC.
- Please navigate to the SDS website’s “Getting Started” menu to begin registration for services.
The first step to success is access.
Office of Student Disability Services (SDS)
UMBC Main Campus, 1000 Hilltop Circle
Math/Psychology Building, Room 212
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
(In-person and virtual appointments are available.
Appointments outside of office hours can also be arranged when necessary.