Who Does Student Support Services Serve?
Special services for students with disabilities are provided for all students “qualified” under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990
A person with a disability is defined as “any” individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual: any individual who has a record of such impairment; any individual who has a record of such impairment; and any individual who is regarded as having such an impairment. (ADA), 1990.
How do I request accommodations?
Please see our Requesting Services tab on the Home page.
Why does Student Support Services need supporting medical documentation?
Students who are requesting services from Student Support Services (SSS) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County are required to submit documentation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations and the right to equal access to programs and services.
Student Support Services acknowledges that once a person is diagnosed as having a disability, the disability is normally viewed as life-long. While the disability will continue, the severity of the condition and/or how it is impacted in different settings may change over time. Therefore, the purpose of requesting documentation is:
- To consider each student individually and to understand if and how the student is impacted by their disability in a higher education living and learning environment in order to make an informed decision about the need for accommodations and services.
Accommodation decisions cannot be made until, a Request for Services application, medical documentation to support diagnosis and accommodations is provided and SSS staff has conducted an interview.
What is Acceptable documentation of a disability?
SSS reviews documentation on a case-by-case basis. However, acceptable documentation should be current and reflect the following:
- The credentials of the evaluator
- A specific diagnosis
- The diagnostic methodology used
- The current functional impact on the individual
- The expected progression or stability of the disability
- Current and past accommodations, services, and/or medications
- Recommendations for academic accommodations and services
Does UMBC provide testing for learning disabilities?
UMBC does not conduct or pay for testing for learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorders. However, we can provide you with a resource list of local educational testing organizations.
How does SSS receive my class schedule every semester and notify my instructors of my accommodations?
Each semester, after you have completed registration for classes you should complete an accommodation card with your course schedule and return it to the SSS office located in Math/Psych 213. Once the card is received letters will be emailed to each instructor with your current accommodation letter on file.