We look forward to meeting new SUNY Cortland students. We want to hear your story of your past experiences of disability, barriers, and accommodations. It can also be helpful for us to review documentation from schools, psychologists, and medical and mental health providers.
To help us get to know you, work towards equal access, and protect your rights under the law, please connect with our office by filling out the New Student Accessibility Request form. This video offers instructions on filling out the request form. We suggest new students fill out this form after they put down a deposit to attend SUNY Cortland. After we receive your request, we will contact you to set up a welcome meeting. If you are a new student filling out the form well in advance, we will contact you in the month before the start of your first semester.
If you are still deciding on what university to attend and have questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-753-2967. You may also find more information for students on the pages in the menu.
In the ideal world, students with disabilities would not have to identify to our office to request accommodations. An institution would be designed free of barriers, allowing everyone to have equal access to facilities, technology, courses, and programs from the start. We strive towards this goal by collaborating with faculty and other offices on campus to encourage the use of universal design principles.
We place student voice at the center of this work by hiring undergraduate student ambassadors to assist in improving the disability climate on campus, including students on our Disability Resources Advisory Committee, and collaborating with Students for Access and Ability, an officially-recognized student organization for students with disabilities and their allies.
While we work towards universal design, we recognize that accommodations are a necessary tool to help many students get equal access to their programs. We will work with you to determine where barriers might exist at SUNY Cortland and which accommodations will best "level the playing field." We customize an access plan of approved accommodations for each student that may be shared with faculty or other appropriate university officials. Accommodations may not fundamentally alter essential program requirements. Some of the most common examples include:
Many others may be assigned to allow students gain equal access to courses.
Current students may log into the AccessCortland Student Portal to schedule appointments with us, release their access plans to faculty, and download past access plans to submit to standardized testing companies or other institutions.
Our office tends to use person-first language. We find that most students prefer it and New York State law requires us to do so in our publications. That said, we recognize that many in the disability community, especially the Deaf and autistic communities, prefer to use identity-first language. Please let us know what language you use to identify yourself. We want to respect your preference.
The Disability Resources Office is a National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) voter registration site. Voter registration forms are available in our office for individuals who would like to register to vote or need assistance filling out the form. For more information visit: www.elections.ny.gov
Sue Sprague, Director
Jeremy Zhe-Heimerman, Assistant Director
Patrick McLorn, Administrative Assistant
Amanda Bloom, Graduate Assistant
Jillian Cannistra, Graduate Assistant
Hannah Keech, Graduate Assistant
Memorial Library, Room B-121
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.