Students with disabilities often face tough challenges when coming to college, more so than students without disabilities. The SUNYIT Student Association is more than happy to help and hear the grievances of any student with disabilities. There is a committee, the Disability Task Force, that is created specifically for the purpose of making life more manageable for disabled individuals on campus. Collena Wright is the chairperson of this committee and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following is excerpted from the SUNYIT Disability Services department:
Students with disabilities are welcome at SUNYIT.
The Disabilities Services Office is located in the Career Services Suite, B105, Kunsela Hall
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or by appointment.
Phone: (315) 792-7170
Any current or prospective student may contact our office to discuss potential academic accommodations. Typical accommodations include extended time for testing, testing in a quiet location, textbooks in alternate format, and others as determined by the nature of the disability. These accommodations must be supported by documentation from outside sources, such as a recent psychological evaluation or medical report that clearly identifies the nature of your disability and the impact of your disability or treatment upon learning. (SUNYIT is not responsible for providing evaluation or funding to complete the needed documentation.)
The Disabilities Services Office will assist with requesting the required documentation or exploring resources that may provide testing or documentation. Once documentation is received, a plan is developed that can be shared with faculty. This plan does not disclose the nature of the disability, although many students have found that discussing their circumstances with faculty can be helpful.
Accommodations are implemented to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 (subsection E) of the Rehabilitation Act. The intent of which is to provide access for otherwise qualified persons. SUNYIT is not required to lower or substantially modify essential academic requirements, or make modifications that would fundamentally alter the nature of a service, program, or activity or that would result in an undue financial or administrative burden. Additionally, accommodation plans must be updated each semester.
The Disabilities Services Office is happy to advocate or coordinate with outside service providers, by student request and with written consent to communicate. Parents should be aware that legal rights and responsibilities change from high school to the college, both in terms of the type of support provided and in terms of parental involvement in the process. Students are solely responsible for self-identifying and following up with our office for any needs that they may have. Any student who wishes to have our office communicate with a parent must sign a written consent for permission to communicate.
The Disabilities Services Office is a resource for NYS voter registration forms and encourages all students to take advantage of their right to be a voice in our political process.
The Disability Services Office at SUNYIT is a National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) voter registration site.