1. What is the AccessAbility Center/Student Disability Services?
The AccessAbility Center/Student Disability Services (AAC/SDS) serves the needs of a large and diverse community of students with disabilities attending The City College of New York. AAC/SDS has a commitment to providing equal access and full participation through a wide range of accommodations and support services to students with disabilities. AAC/SDS staff works closely with faculty, staff, and departments in the development of academic adjustments and support services that allow students with disabilities to fully participate in the all programs, services, and activities offered at the college.
2. Where is the AAC/SDS located?
AAC/SDS is located in the North Academic Center (NAC building), in Room 1/218.
3. What are the hours of operation for the AAC/SDS?
AAC/SDS is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and has extended hours during peak exam times. Additionally, summer hours do vary. Please visit the homepage for updates on the hours of operation.
4. What kinds of disabilities are served?
All disabilities are served, including those that are visible and those that are not visible. Disabilities recognized under the law include, but are not limited to learning, blind/visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, medical, neurological, physical, psychological, and substance abuse (in recovery). AAC/SDS supports students with conditions that are both temporary and ongoing in nature.
5. Does AAC/SDS conduct disability assessments and provide diagnoses?
Universities and colleges are not required to conduct or provide asessments and/or provide diagnoses for documentation of disability. Students are fully responsible for providing appropriate documentation of their disability from a qualfied professional. The AAC/SDS can supply students with referral information.
6. If a student received accommodations and services at another college or insitution, will he/she automatically receive the same accommodations and services at City College?
No. A student must follow the same process of registering with AAC/SDS.
7. How do students receive accommodations and services?
Students who chose to self-disclose their disability may register for accommodations and services by completing an Application for Accommodations and Services and providing appropriate documentation of their disability. If a student is uncertain if he/she qualifies for accommodations and services, he/she can request an informational session with the AAC/SDS by contacting the front desk by telephone: 212-650-5913, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org , or visiting the office in NAC 1/218.
8. Are there services that AAC/SDS does not provide?
AAC/SDS does not provide personal services, including but not limited to, content-based tutoring, reimbursement for transportation, personal care attendants, medical treatment, or private transportation around campus.
9. After accommodations and services have been determined by the AAC/SDS counselor, how are they communicated to the students' instructors?
For those students who are granted accommodations and services, they will be communicated in the Accommodation Memo, which the student delivers to the faculty member. AAC/SDS is able to send memos electronically if the student requests it.
10. When should students submit their Academic Adjustment Memo to their instructors?
It is suggested that all students who receive Academic Adjustment Memos present them to their instructors within the first two weeks of class each semester. When this is done, both the student and the instructor are aware of the necessary accommodations, which in turn allows for successful implementation.
11. If a student registers with AAC/SDS, will it show up on their transcript?
Disability information is kept confidential and is not reported on a student's transcript.
12. What if students need modifications to their accommodations?
If the student believes their accommodations are not effective or they need to be modified in order to meet the unique demands of individualized courses, they should contact their assigned AAC/SDS counselor.
13. Why would two students with the same disability receive different accommodations and services?
The impact of a disability varies from person to person; thus, "Every disability is a disability of one" (US Dept. of Justice, ADA Basics). Namely, all determinations on accommodations and services are made on an individualized and case-by-case basis.
14. Can students with disabilities register to vote at AAC/SDS?
Yes, under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993, the AAC/SDS is an Agency-Based Registration Site, where students are offered the opportunity to become registered voters. Applications are available in the office. For more information, please visit the NY State Board of Elections home page.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as Amended: This is the full text of the ADA
US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division: The homepage of the US Dept. of Justice, CRD that has jurisdiction over laws and regulations for disability.
US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights: The homepage of the US DOE, OCR that has jurisdiction over laws and regulations for disability.New York State's Commision for the Blind: The homepage for NYS Commission for the Blind
Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York (CID-NY) : Non-profit organization connecting people with disabilities to services and providing advocacy and vocational assistance