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I'm a student with a disability. How do I find out about accommodations and supports through SSD

Step One: Complete the "Request to Register with Services for Students with Disabilities" form.
  • The first step in connecting with our office is to complete the "Request to Register with Services for Students with Disabilities" form. Disability-related documentation can be uploaded, if electronic copy is available. Please review our documentation guidelines: Disability Documentation Guidelines to insure you submit the appropriate documentation.
  • If you don't have you disability documentation in an electronic format please submit it to our office:
    • Documentation may be sent to our office via:
      • Fax: 607-777-6893
      • Mail: Services for Students with Disabilities, Binghamton University, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
      • Email attachment: ssd@binghamton.edu.
Step Two: Schedule an Intake Appointment
  • Our office will reach out to you to schedule an appointment and/or to request further information.
  • During this meeting you will learn about available supports, as well as, policies and procedures regarding your individualized equal access accommodations at Binghamton University.

How do I know if I am considered an individual with a disability under the law?

504/ADA: A person with a disability is defined as anyone who has:

  1. any physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life functions;
  2. a history of such an impairment;
  3. or is regarded as having such an impairment.

 

What is the difference between supports in high school and college?

      

                                   Secondary

                       Postsecondary          

What is the Law?   

IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

504: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

504: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,particular reference to Subpart E

ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

What is the intent of the law?                                            

IDEA: To provide a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to identified students with disabilities, including special education and related services.

504/ADA: To ensure that no otherwise qualified person with a disability is denied access to, benefits of, or is subject to discrimination solely on the basis of disability.

504/ADA: To ensure that no otherwise qualified person with a disability is denied access to, benefits of, or is subject to discrimination solely on the basis of disability.

Who is covered under the law?                      

IDEA: All children and youth requiring special education services until age 21 or graduation from high school.

504/ADA: All qualified persons with disabilities who, with or without reasonable accommodations, meet the college's admissions requirements and the specific entry level criteria for the specific program and who can document the existence of a disability as defined by Section 504.

What is a disability?               

IDEA: 13 disability classification areas are defined in IDEA and include specific learning disabilities.

504/ADA have no such list. A person with a disability is defined as anyone who has:

(1) any physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life functions;

(2) a history of such an impairment;

(3) or is regarded as having such an impairment.

504/ADA: A person with a disability is defined as anyone who has:

(1) any physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life functions;

(2) a history of such an impairment;

(3) or is regarded as having such an impairment.

Who is responsible for identifying and documenting need?             

School districts are responsible for identifying and evaluating potential students with disabilities. When such a determination is made, the district plans educational services for classified students at no expense to the family.

Students are responsible for self-identification and for obtaining disability documentation from a professional who is qualified to assess their particular disability; cost of the evaluation must be assumed by the student, not the post-secondary institution.

Who is responsible for initiating service delivery?

School districts are responsible for identifying students with disabilities and providing special education programs and services, including related services, and transition services as delineated in an Individualized Education Program.

Students are responsible for notifying the Disability Support Services staff of their disability and of their need for reasonable accommodations. Accommodations (not special education) are provided on a case-by-case, as-needed basis in order for students with disabilities to have equal access to the institution's programs and activities.

Who is responsible for enforcing the law?

IDEA is an entitlement law, enforced by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services in the US Department of Education. Local enforcement is the responsibility of the NYS Department of Education Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID).

504/ADA: are civil rights statutes overseen by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and the US Department of Justice in conjunction with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

What about advocacy?

The parent or guardian is the primary advocate. Students with disabilities from age 14 on must be invited to participate in the IEP process. If the student does not attend, the district must ensure that the student's preferences and interests are considered.

Students must be able to self-identify and discuss their disability and needs in order to work with the Disability Support staff to implement reasonable accommodations. The Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) guarantees student confidentiality. Conversations with parents regarding confidential information without written consent from the student are illegal.

 

I was exempt from taking a foreign language in high school. Will I be exempt in college?

If a student was waived from taking a foreign language in high school, this does not automatically mean he or she will be eligible for a substitution of the Binghamton University general education foreign language requirement.

The faculty of the foreign language departments and the staff of Services for Students with Disabilities stand ready to assist students in their efforts to meet the general education foreign language requirement. Students with disabilities who anticipate they will have disability-related difficulties successfully fulfilling the general education foreign language requirement should identify themselves and their concerns to Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) immediately upon enrollment at Binghamton University. SSD staff will work with the student to explain the possible options which may include, but are not necessarily limited to,  accommodations such as extended time on exams, spelling dispensation, and repeating orally presented test questions.

The University recognizes that in some cases, even with reasonable accommodations, a student with a disability may not be able to learn a foreign language. In these cases, a student may petition for consideration of substitution courses in lieu of the general education foreign language requirement. Petitions are available in the Services for Students with Disabilities office (University Union room 119, 607-777-2686).

For more information, please visit this webpage: Course Substitution Policy.

Does SSD offer tutoring support?

The SSD office does not offer tutoring services. However, tutoring is available to students at several campus locations including:

University Tutoring Services
Located in College-in-the-Woods Library.
Phone: 607-777-9235
This is the campus tutoring center. Students may sign up for peer tutoring through their website: http://www.binghamton.edu/clt/tutoring-services/

Writing Center
Located in Library North 2412.
Phone: 607-777-6725
English majors assist students with their writing assignments. Appointments are strongly recommended and may be scheduled by phone or e-mail. http://www.binghamton.edu/writing/writing-center/index.html

Math Help Room
Library North Room 2408A and 2408B.
Math majors provide tutoring for many math classes. The tutoring schedule is available at: www.math.binghamton.edu

Computer Science Tutoring
Engineering Building Room T1.
CS honor society students are available for tutoring.
Visit http://harvey.binghamton.edu/~upe/index.php for the schedule.

Chemistry & Organic Chemistry Help Room
Science 2 Building Room 126
The tutoring schedule is available online at: http://www.binghamton.edu/chemistry/undergraduate-program/instructional-lab-center/office-hours.html

Student Support Services/TRIO
Location: SSS Lounge, Appalachian G16 and G17, and back corner study rooms of Hinman Library.
Phone: 607-777-2024
SSS provides free tutoring support for all of its TRIO program participants in a number of different subjects. The schedule is available at http://www.binghamton.edu/student-support-services/tutoring.html. More information on eligibility for the TRIO/SSS program is at their website: http://www.binghamton.edu/student-support-services/eligibility.html.

The Tutorial Center for EOP
Location: UU-263
Phone: 607-777-4062, or visit http://www.binghamton.edu/eop/
Tutors are available for students in the Educational Opportunity Program. Visit their website for information on program eligibility: http://www.suny.edu/attend/academics/eop/

I am taking a summer class at another college. How do I let the college know about my disability and accommodations?

Contact the Student Disability Services office at the college where you plan to take a summer course. Ask them about their procedures in order for you to receive disability-related accommodations at their college. They will likely ask you to send them a copy of your disability documentation.

I am a student veteran. Where can I find information?

Veterans with disabilities who are in need of equal access accommodations are encouraged to submit documentation related to their disability to the Services for Students with Disabilities office. We are happy to meet with veterans and discuss available supports.

Other campus resources include the Veterans Services office located in the University Union, room UU-257. http://www.binghamton.edu/veterans/. They can be reached by phone at (607) 777-2021. The University Counseling Center also offers individual and often group counseling for veterans. The Counseling Center is located in Old O'Connor room 264. Their phone number is 607-777-2772. www.binghamton.edu/counseling

For Faculty

Are all students with disabilities registered with SSD?

No. It is up to individual students with disabilities to self-identify themselves to the Services for Students with Disabilities office and provide documentation related to their disability(ies) if they wish to request equal access accommodations or academic support services.

How do I know if a student is registered with SSD?

If a student in your class would like to use his/her SSD-authorized accommodations in your classroom, the student will meet with you during office hours and give you his/her official accommodation letter from the SSD office.

Who is eligible for disability services?

A student with a disability must self-identify with the Services for Students with Disabilities office and provide documentation related to the present functional impact of his/her disability.  The student also meets with an SSD professional staff member for an intake appointment to discuss his/her disability-related needs.  SSD staff consider the documentation and information learned in the intake appointment in determining and authorizing accommodations and/or supports necessary and appropriate to "evening the playing field" for the student and insuring equal access.

What exactly is an accommodation?

Accommodations are designed to "even the playing field" so that a student with a disability has equal access to a college class. The most common accommodation for a student who takes longer to read than his or her peers is extra time on an exam to allow time to finish reading it.

Who is responsible for providing accommodations?

The University is responsible for making sure its classes and services are accessible to all its students.  A professor's role is to implement the accommodations authorized by the SSD office and take steps to insure the course materials including websites and Blackboard are accessible.

How do I make my website or Blackboard content accessible?

Please visit the Accessible Course Materials webpage for information on how to make sure online materials are accessible to students with print-reading or vision impairments.

Contact SSD for advice or collaborative support in insuring access of audio material to students with hearing or auditory processing disabilities.

What is the policy on confidentiality?

Information related to a student's disability is confidential and should not be discussed in the presence of other students. If a professor needs to share information about the disability with his/her staff, it should be limited to what staff members need to know in the course of their jobs. For example, a professor may need to inform a T.A. that he or she will be proctoring an exam for two students authorized for extra time on a test, but it may not be necessary to share the nature of the disability with the T.A.

A student came to me in the middle of the semester and said she or he has a disability, but I never knew that. What do I do?

You may ask the student if he or she has a letter from the Services for Students with Disabilities office which explains the impact of the student's disability and authorized accommodations. If the student does not have such a letter, you may wish to inquire, "How may I help?" Since there are many types of learning disabilities, the student may be struggling for a wide variety of reasons. Not all these reasons will require a student to connect with the SSD office. The student may simply need the same guidance you might offer to any student.

At other times, specific accommodations authorized by SSD may be required to insure the student's equitable access and provide him/her with an "even playing field".  In these cases, the professor should encourage the student to connect with our office.

Please see SSD's webpage entitled "Information for Faculty" for further information.

Last Updated: 10/18/17