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Student Disability Services


Registering for Services and Accommodations  

Welcome to Student Disability Services (SDS). At Central Connecticut State University, we are committed to providing qualified students with disabilities the necessary academic adjustments and accommodations to ensure equal access to programs, services, and activities. Should a student have an immediate accessibility need, they should contact the office directly. Otherwise, students should follow the steps below to register for services and accommodations:

  1. INTAKE FORM: Students complete an Intake form and provide documentation of their disability. If a student is requesting a housing accommodation, of any kind, they will also need to complete a Housing Accommodation form.
    Intake Form HERE  Housing Accommodation Form  HERE
  2. DOCUMENTATION: Documentation of a disability is necessary to process a request for an accommodation. Documentation will depend on the nature of the disability, and the type of accommodation requested. Documentation Guidelines HERE: General examples:
    • Students with chronic physical or mental health related disabilities require a letter from a practitioner with diagnosis/diagnoses, functional limitations and include other background information. Housing accommodations also require information completed by physicians/clinicians. SDS prefers physicians/clinicians to complete a Disability Verification Form HERE
    • Students with Learning Disabilities require an evaluative/diagnostic record such as a psychoeducational evaluation or a neuropsychological evaluation. 
    • Students with vision or hearing loss may need documentation from the appropriate practitioner, again noting functional limitations.
  3. INTAKE INTERVIEW: After the above-mentioned forms are completed, and documentation is collected, students should contact SDS at 860-832-1952, email, or stop by the office to schedule a confidential Intake interview and documentation review with a SDS staff member. This Intake meeting usually lasts no more than one hour.
  4. APPROVED ACCOMODATIONS: Frequently, accommodations are approved at the Intake meeting. However, in some instances, SDS will need time to further gather or evaluate the requested accommodations. It is our goal to process requests for accommodations in a timely manner, but documentation review and peak semester times, may slow the process down. Please consider this when seeking accommodations, and submit your requests as early as possible. Students will be notified in writing, in the case that a requested accommodation is denied, and are recommended to discuss concerns with the Director of Student Disability Services.
  5. When accommodations are approved, SDS will generate letters of accommodation to the student and respective faculty members via campus email. Students are responsible to review letters of accommodation with their professors during office hours early in the semester to ensure mutual understanding. When meeting with professors, students should be prepared to clearly communicate their needs in relation to the specific accommodations they have been granted. Should there be any misunderstanding or concerns, students are responsible for contacting the SDS Director, as soon as possible, to discuss accommodations.
  6. Students are encouraged to contact the SDS office if they have questions about the above procedure, need accessible formats of forms, or need accessibility assistance immediately.

    Student Disability Services
    Room W 201, Willard Hall