The Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) at The New School serves an important role in helping students with disabilities obtain access to academic and programmatic services at the university as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation in Education Act of 1973.
SDS welcomes parental calls and visits for those parents wishing to learn more about the office and how services are provided. This page is designed to give parents a richer understanding of student disability services at the college level and provides suggestions for helping their sons and daughters make the most of available services.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) greatly limits the amount of information that Student Disability Services can share with you as to the release of specific information about your son or daughter. Student Disability Services will not be able to tell you such things as whether or not your son or daughter came in for an appointment, requested a specific accommodation, or obtained an Academic Adjustment Notice to provide to instructors. The only way this information can be shared is if your son or daughter specifically fills out and signs a Release of Information Form. This form must be completed in the presence of a Student Disability Services staff member and signed by both the staff member and the student. Your son or daughter has the right to nullify this form at any point simply by providing such a request in writing. Even with this signed form on file, Student Disability Services strongly discourages parents from taking on the responsibility of the student in obtaining services and problem solving.
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