Although students who have disabilities are not required to register with Student Disability Services (SDS), those who wish to use accommodations must be registered with SDS. When possible, students are encouraged to contact SDS upon admission to UMBC to begin the registration process before their placement testing date.
1. To begin your registration process to request accommodations, go to the Student Disability Services Registration Form online. At the end of that form, there is a place to upload a copy of your documentation of disability/diagnosis from an appropriately qualified provider. If you prefer to submit your documentation in another way, please see number 2, below. Eligibility must be established before services can be provided.
Disability documentation should reflect the following:
- The credentials of the evaluator
- A specific diagnosis on the evaluator’s/agency letterhead
- The diagnostic methodology used/assessment method
- The functional impact on the individual
- The expected progression or stability of the disability
- Current and past accommodations, services, and/or treatment plan
- Specific recommendations for academic or housing accommodations
If you are requesting accommodations due to a temporary condition or medical injury, you can download the Temporary Injury/Condition Request Form for medical verification. This form can supplement the online Student Disability Services Registration Form but does not replace it.
3. Once the registration form and documentation are received, they will be reviewed by the SDS Disability Specialist. Please allow up to 2 weeks processing time as we have many files to review.
4. Once your disability documentation has been reviewed, you will receive instructions to schedule an intake appointment. If you live in the area or will be planning a visit to campus, if possible, we strongly recommend you schedule the intake meeting well in advance of the start of classes.
Face-to-face intakes are preferred, however alternate arrangements can be made when necessary (for example using Skype or Google hangout video chat). An interactive discussion between the student and a disability specialist is required, but parents and support persons are welcome to attend meetings if the student requests their attendance. Intakes are conducted through the SDS office for all UMBC main campus and USG (UMBC Shady Grove) students.
At the intake appointment you will discuss:
- Accommodations and services
- The student’s strengths, challenges, and history
- Placement Testing
- Campus and local resources
- SDS policies and procedures
- Student responsibilities
5. Once accommodations are approved by SDS, you will receive instructions on completing your “Semester Accommodation Request” in the Accommodate online system. This request notifies SDS that you would like your official accommodation letter sent to your faculty member(s).
6. If a student’s status changes, such as a worsening of a medical condition or a new diagnosis, hospitalization, change from undergraduate to graduate program, etc, we request that you notify an SDS staff member so we can best support you and determine if any change in accommodation may be needed.
Students are welcome to meet with SDS staff members by appointment for questions or concerns year-round. We are here to assist you and provide resources or information to help you achieve your academic goals.
If you have any questions or need clarification, please do not hesitate to contact Student Disability Services. We look forward to working with you.