Student Disability Services
We work with students to develop a comprehensive accommodation plan to assist in all areas of the college experience.
Testing Assistance Classroom Assistance Other Assistance
This is only a partial list of some of the accommodations you may be eligible for. Each plan is individualized for specific need. If your needs are not listed, not to worry, we work closely with each student to ensure that all needs are being met.
At this time, SDS offers the following assistive technology equipment and software:
VTEK Image Enhancer Zoom Text Dragon Naturally Speaking
Currently SDS is housed in Alumni Hall (the same building admissions is in) in room 101-F. We will be moving hopefully before the fall '99 semester. Our new offices will be in 209 Alumni Hall. There is an elevator in the basement of Alumni Hall for those who may need it.
You should meet with Craig the first week of classes (or earlier if you live locally). At this first meeting, the two of you will meet to set up your accommodation plan, go over the policies of the office, and meet the staff.
SDS encourages you to come to us with any concerns about any part of your college life. If we can't help you, we know someone who can. So if you're questioning "this may not be a disability related issue", don't worry about it, it doesn't have to be. We know how difficult being in a new situation can be and we want to make this transition as easy as possible.
Fortunately, this happens very infrequently at Oneonta. The faculty and staff here are very accommodating professionals. However, if a problem should arise, you should meet with Craig immediately. Usually any problems can be resolved quickly and with all parties being satisfied.
Again, meet with Craig immediately. We can't resolve a problem we don't know about, and want to hear what we are doing wrong so we can make it right. If your problem does not get resolved with Craig, you should follow the grievance procedure which will be provided to you in the fall.
SDS makes every effort to keep all records and information completely confidential. The student signs a consent for release of information form at the beginning of each academic year to instruct SDS staff on who we can and cannot provide information to. This includes parents.
If we didn't, we wouldn't be here. Nation-wide statistics show that students with disabilities receive a comparable GPA to students without disabilities, WHEN they use the services that an office such as SDS offers. That same research shows that students who do not use such services get a much lower GPA, and have a much higher drop out rate.
We here this statement all the time, and admit it is admirable to work independently; however, the first semester at a new college is not the time to try it. The workload is much heavier and much different than high school, and may differ dramatically from any previous colleges attended. It makes much more sense to at least register with the office and see what we have to offer. This way, if you need us we will already have a file set up for you.
We work with all students toward consistently becoming more independent. The skills you can develop while utilizing the services SDS offers will you give you a greater opportunity at higher success.
We ask that all students update their accommodation plans each semester. This keeps records current and allows for any changes to be made.
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