The Office of ADA Transition Services (i.e., disability resources and services) offers programs and presentations to heighten the awareness of disability issues. Our Office uses a collaborative model to develop accommodations and learning strategies for students with permanent and temporary disabilities. We coordinate resources and create partnerships to foster an inclusive environment that is accessible and welcoming for all.
How to Obtain Academic Accommodations
Students who would like to request academic accommodations should register for disability resources and services with Susanna Adams. Appointments to meet with her can be done via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (518) 381-1345, or in person (Elson 222).
When to Register for Disability Resources and Services
Students are encouraged to register for academic accommodations upon admission to SUNY Schenectady. However, sometimes disability-related barriers are not discovered until after coursework has begun. Students should not hesitate to discuss accommodations at any point in time if they begin to realize that accommodations may make their classes more educationally accessible to them.
Documentation that students submit may vary depending upon a person's disability. This documentation helps to guide the discussion about accommodations and strategies that can be developed in light of the disability-related barriers that students may face in the educational environment. It is helpful for new high school graduates to provide their IEPs and school psychologists' reports. Other helpful documentation includes medical records relevant to the accommodations requested, a neuropsychological report, a letter from a therapist, a letter from a diagnosing physician, etc. It may also be valuable for students to ask their diagnostic service provider to complete and submit SUNY Schenectady's Disability Certification Packet.
Each student is impacted differently by a disability. Consequently, accommodations are generated by discussion, a review of disability documentation, and a joint venture in creative problem solving. It should be noted that accommodations that were provided at previous schools are not automatically transferred to SUNY Schenectady since guidelines vary from institution to institution.
Voter Registration Assistance
The Office of ADA Transition Services is recognized as an official voter registration site. The student who would like to register to vote can obtain assistance through this Office or can go directly to the New York state Board of Elections website to obtain information and appropriate voter registration forms. PDF of voter registration form.