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.
How Parents Can Help
The following are some important ways parents can help:
Encourage your son or daughter to take advantage of available services.
While services cannot be forced upon a student, it is in the student’s
best interest to know what services he or she is eligible for.
your son or daughter to meet with SDS staff at the start of each
semester. Even if a student doesn’t want services or accommodations, it
is helpful for the student to discuss this with a staff member. It also
helps us be aware of how each student is doing and makes it easier to
offer assistance should the student change his or her mind during the
course of a semester.
- Encourage your son or
daughter to meet with SDS staff at least once more during the semester
to check in and let us know if they need any additional services or
assistance. Some good times are a few weeks before midterm exams and
evaluations and a few weeks before finals and end-of-the-semester
evaluations. Students are, of course, welcome anytime.
- Encourage your son or daughter to familiarize him- or herself with the contents of this website.
- Encourage your son or daughter to speak up for him- or herself and to be his or her own best advocate.
your son or daughter to meet regularly with his or her instructors to
get feedback as to progress in class and to check in with the advisor.
Confidentiality and FERPA
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.