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 disability services or accommodations 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
2. If you cannot submit your supporting documentation through our online system you may send via fax or u.s. mail, or email at disAbility@umbc.edu. Providers can send it directly to SDS or you may submit scanned images.
3. Once the online registration form and disability diagnostic documentation is received, it will be reviewed by an SDS Disability Specialist. Please allow up to 2 weeks processing time due to the volume of inquiries.
4. Once your disability documentation has been reviewed, you will receive email instructions to schedule your intake appointment. We strongly recommend you schedule the intake meeting well in advance of the start of classes.
Face-to-face intake meetings are preferred, however alternate meeting arrangements are available through Google Meet/Hangouts and WebEx for live video chat intake.
Intake meetings are conducted through the main campus SDS office for all UMBC main campus and USG (UMBC Shady Grove) campus students.
An interactive intake discussion between the student and a disability specialist is required, but parents and support persons are welcome to attend these meetings if the student requests their attendance.
At the intake appointment you will discuss:
- Accommodations, services, resources and supports
- The student’s strengths, challenges and/or barriers
- The student’s history (academic challenges, accommodation use, disability impact…)
- Placement Testing
- 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). This is done every semester a student is enrolled and is requesting accommodations.
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.
Temporary injury or recovery conditions only:
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 is additional and supplements the online Student Disability Services Registration Form that is required for all SDS registration and accommodation requests.
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.