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Requesting Accommodations

  • Requesting Accommodations

    Welcome to the Student Access Center at SUNY Erie! We look forward to working with you should you feel the need for accommodations and support services as you pursue your studies at the college.

    1. Meet with a Student Access Center Counselor

      • Schedule an appointment at the campus you plan to attend.
      • Students requesting accommodations are required to self-identify.
      • Students must meet with their Counselor each semester accommodations are requested.
      • Be prepared to discuss your disability, how it affects you, and the accommodations you are requesting.

      Contact Information

      City CampusNorth CampusSouth Campus
      Susan McLaughlin
      Room Post 266
      Phone: (716) 851-1189
      Fax: (716) 270-4610
      Aaron Garmon
      Room S213, Spring Student Center
      Phone: (716) 851-1495
      Fax: (716) 851-1472
      Fran Moyer
      Building 3, Room 3120
      Phone: (716) 851-1933
      Fax: (716) 270-5282
    2. Submit Documentation of Disability to Student Access Center

      • Review documentation guidelines.
      • Documentation must support requested accommodations.
      • Documentation of disability and student interview are the basis of determining reasonable accommodations.
      • The college does not provide evaluation of disability. Please contact the Counselor for student with disabilities if referral for evaluation is needed.
    3. Obtain Accommodation Forms from the Counselor

      • Accommodation forms are how students notify faculty of the need for accommodations.
      • Separate Forms are required for each faculty member and each semester accommodations are being requested.
      • Accommodations are made on an individual, course by course, and case by case basis.
      • Accommodations needed and provided may vary by semester and by course.
    4. Submit Accommodation Forms to Teachers

      • Students are responsible to notify faculty each semester of the need for accommodations.
      • Counselors and other college staff do not notify faculty of the need for accommodations.
      • Documentation of disability remains confidential with the Student Access Center. Disability is disclosed only with an educational need to know.
  • Documentation Guidelines

    Disability documentation guidelines are guided by the recommendations of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). The purpose of documentation is to verify disability and to provide an accurate reflection of current functioning.

    SUNY Erie will only provide accommodations to students having self-identified within the Student Access Center.  Documentation and student self-reporting determines possible accommodations. The quality and thoroughness of documentation will determine the type and range of accommodations provided.  Individuals with multiple disabilities must provide documentation concerning each disability.  Documentation should support or validate the student’s request for services and/or accommodations.

    Recent high school graduates, who were in Special Education, are encouraged to provide a copy of the most recent Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan and the most current psychological assessment or report from the appropriate credentialed/licensed medical professional.

    Evaluator Qualifications

    • Documentation must be from a qualified source and printed on professional letterhead
    • Documentation should  include, name, title, professional credentials or evaluator, and license or certification.

    Current Documentation:

    • Documentation must be an accurate assessment of current functioning and limitations.
    • Documentation should address current need for accommodations.
    • Changes in condition, medication, or functioning may require an updated evaluation.

    Comprehensive Documentation should Provide:

    • Diagnosis
    • Evidence of existing impairment
    • Assessment of current impact of conditions
    • Background information
    • Relevant testing, with scores if appropriate
    • Rule-out alternative diagnosis
    • Integrated Summary
  • Disclosure of a Disability

    Students with disabilities are encouraged to disclose disabilities within the Student Access Center.  Disability is not part of the admissions process and documentation of disability should not be sent to Admissions.  Students are encouraged to provide faculty with accommodation forms and not confidential medical and/or educational records.

  • Need Help?

    Student Access Center

    City Campus
    Room Post 266
    121 Ellicott Street
    Buffalo, NY 14203
    P: (716) 851-1189 (V/TDD)
    Monday - Friday8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    North Campus
    Spring Center, Room S213
    6205 Main Street
    Williamsville, NY 14221
    P: (716) 851-1495 (V/TDD)
    Monday - Friday8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    South Campus
    Building 3, Room 3120
    4041 Southwestern Blvd.
    Orchard Park, NY 14127
    P: (716) 851-1933 (V/TDD)
    Monday - Friday8 a.m. - 4 p.m.