Office of Accommodative Services

Mission:

To ensure the campus is inclusive to our community, we provide leadership and facilitate equal access to educational programs, campus activities, career exploration and employment opportunities for all students. To promote student learning and development outcomes that are aligned with the college’s mission and goals, that fosters student success and persistence. The Office of Accommodative Services strives to strengthen and develop interdepartmental and community partnerships in order to accomplish its purpose and goals.

Purpose:

To eliminate competitive disadvantages and remove environmental barriers that impact learning while fostering independent, self-determined learners.

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of our orientation, initial intake process, the development of a comprehensive accommodation plan and our formal outreach efforts, students who engage with the Office of Accommodative Services will be able to:

  • Communicate the point of environmental impact of their disability and its implication in the educational setting.
  • Demonstrate continued self-advocacy and the ability to communicate his/her needs by utilizing accommodations that are necessary to minimize environmental barriers present in the various elements of campus life.
  • Acquire knowledge pertaining to the full spectrum of support services available to all students on campus.

Process:

Students who believe they have a current and essential need for accommodative services are encouraged to self-identify, provide documentation (prepared by a qualified professional), complete the student ‘Self-Assessment Survey’ and meet with our professional staff. Together a comprehensive accommodation plan is developed and their initial ‘letter of accommodation’ for faculty is generated. Accommodations are fluid and students can meet with our staff at any point to reevaluate needs.

Perspective students can email (OASdocumentation@sunydutchess.edu) or fax (845-431-8604) documentation to OAS directly, documentation is kept confidential and if a student decides not to enroll at DCC, documentation will be purged from our records.

After the initial intake, students request accommodation letters each subsequent semester, barring no changes, no appointment is necessary.

Services for Students:

  • Help in transitioning from high school to college, including an on-campus transition workshop for high school students, parents and HS educators.
  • Half-day new student summer orientation.
  • Classroom accommodations such as interpretive services for the deaf, preferred seating, arrangements for note takers and scribes, adaptive tables and chairs, assisted listening devices, and assistance with arrangements to make audio recordings of classes.
  • One-On-One Academic Support including, but is not limited to, time management and organization, study skills, note taking, test taking, adaptive tech training, academic advisement, and professional tutoring in a wide variety of subjects and study skills.
  • Workshops/Group Work based on student need: study groups can be customized for a particular subject or desired training.
  • Smart Pen/Live Scribe Pen training and loan program.
  • Early Warning Outreach, via *Starfish retention solutions.
  • Adaptive Technology like CCTV, screen readers and magnifiers, speech recognition software, alternate text format, and self-editing software
  • ADA Generation News and Views—Student Edition, our newsletter, and other timely communications which keep students informed about important deadlines, accommodations and services, adaptive technology, and news and issues.
  • Access and Equity Facebook Page.
  • National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) site

Services for Faculty:

  • Instructional Support strategies for effective teaching methods that foster universal design including supplemental instruction of content material may be provided.
  • Early Warning: via *Starfish retention solutions. These warnings allow faculty to provide early alerts and specific suggestions that our professional tutors and advisors will use when they work one-on-one with students academically at-risk.
  • ADA Generation News and Views—Faculty Edition and professional development opportunities discussing issues in disability services for higher education and best practices for instruction and assessment.

Syllabus Statement:

“Students with disabilities who believe that they may need testing or classroom accommodations in any class are encouraged to contact The Office of Accommodative Services at 845-431-8055/SSB303 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.”