As a prospective or current student, you are in the process of making many decisions, ranging from which schools to apply to and what to study, to engaging in the process of registering for courses, completing the degree-planning process and identifying the resources you will need to be successful at Empire State College.
The information provided in this student handbook is designed to assist students with disabilities to make decisions and progress through their studies by identifying and requesting reasonable accommodations that would provide equal access to all college services, studies, programs and activities.
Students attending college after high school often do not realize that their college experience will be different from their high-school experience. As a leader in the field of adult education, our staff is aware that adults often decide to return to college after a variety of life events, including an injury or disability that may have affected their employment or their learning.
The resources offered through the Office of Collegewide Disability Services provide equal access to all college services, studies, programs and activities by ensuring that reasonable accommodations are determined and implemented in an appropriate manner.
As you read through this student handbook, keep the following in mind:
The following accommodations require documentation:
The articles below will provide you with information about:
Registering with Disability Services and Requesting Accommodations
Why Should I Register? Answers for Adult Students and Recent High School Graduates
Applicable Laws for Students with Disabilities
Students Rights and Responsibilities
Student Action Plan: A Step-by-Step Guide
What if I Suspect I Have a Disability? What to Do and Who to Contact
Temporary Disability: What Do I Qualify For?
Accommodations: An Overview
Accommodations for Online Courses
Requesting Alternatively Formatted Books
ADA Part-Time TAP: Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities
Determining the Functional Limitation of Your Disability
Documentation: What Is It? When Is It Required? Why Should I Consider Asessment or Reassessment?
Recordkeeping and Confidentiality
Grievance and Appeals: How Do I Grieve or Appeal a Disability Action?
All students registered with the Office of Collegewide Disability Services are responsible for knowing the information provided in the Office of Collegewide Disability Services Student Handbook.
If you have any questions related to disability services, you can find additional information on the community resources and frequently asked questions pages or contact your center disability representative or:Kelly Hermann, director Andrea Piazza-Victor, disability specialistOffice of Collegewide Disability Services800-847-3000, ext. 2201NYS Relay Service 800-421-1220Disability.Services@esc.edu