How to Obtain Accommodations
Please use the Disability Self-Identification Form to request services. You will get an automated response that your form has been received. This form is intended for students to use one time and does not need to be resubmitted each semester.
Once you have self-identified:
- We will contact you for additional information and to schedule an intake appointment.
- You should prepare to submit documentation of your disability as per documentation guidelines. You may submit documentation before the intake meeting or bring it with you in person. We accept electronic documentation sent in PDF format via email.
- At the intake meeting we will discuss your individual needs and concerns
and review your documentation.
- If the presented documentation is appropriate and complete, we can prepare Academic Adjustment Notices for your instructors.
It is strongly suggested that
you make accommodation requests before the semester begins or
within the first few weeks of class. While there is no specific
deadline, services such as the
coordination of sign language interpreters and requests for books in
alternate format can take time to arrange. To ensure optimal service and provisions, it is in your best interest to notify the office before the start of the semester.
Students requesting accommodations based on disability status should
provide the university with appropriate medical documentation. The documentation should state the specific
disability and include recommended accommodations with a rationale if
documentation must be typed and submitted by a licensed healthcare
professional qualified to diagnose the disability and recommend these accommodations.
The New School has the right to request
supplemental documentation if it is determined that the information in
the initial documentation is incomplete or inadequate, or that the
qualifications of the healthcare provider or professional are in
All documentation will be kept
confidential as outlined in the section on confidentiality. For more
details about acceptable documentation, including information on the
documentation of learning disabilities and attention-deficit disorders,
please review the guidelines for documentation under quicklinks.
Arrangement of Services
How services and, specifically, academic accommodations are arranged
depends on several factors. Some services are relatively simple. For
example, if you present a notice that you need to use
a tape recorder to record lectures, you and your instructor should be able
to come to an agreement on how this will be done. Other accommodations,
such as providing an exam in an alternative format (e.g., Braille), will require the instructor to seek the help of the Disability Services office.
Generally, if an accommodation requires the assistance of another
person (such as a sign-language interpreter) and/or adaptive equipment
(such as specialized computer software), the Disability Services office
will handle the arrangements.
Providing extended exam time is generally the instructor’s
responsibility. In cases where it is not possible to provide extended
time, the instructor should talk to the Disability Services office. Some
accommodations require ongoing dialogue between the director of
Disability Services and the instructor. For example. if a student who is
deaf needs class notes, the instructor can help identify a responsible
student in class who takes legible and comprehensive notes to share
with the other student.
Should you have additional questions or concerns, please contact SDS.
Generally speaking, The New School does not have resource rooms, and
all classes are mainstream classes. While SDS
can offer students training in academic skill areas such as time
management, studying, and test taking, specific tutoring in academic
subjects and assistance with specific academic tasks is not provided.
Parents are strongly encouraged to check with the division their son or
daughter is enrolled in to determine what type of academic assistance
is available. For example, the University Writing Center is available for all students to get assistance with research papers and other written assignments. The University Writing Center is located on the 9th floor of 71 Fifth Avenue.