Accommodation Requests

Accommodations are academic adjustments, modifications and/or auxiliary aids and services made to elements of a student’s postsecondary program that help to compensate for the student’s impairment(s) and provide equal access to students with disabilities.

What Are Accommodations?

Any student with a documented disability may be eligible to receive reasonable and appropriate accommodations;

In order to be granted accommodations, students must contact the CSD and provide documentation which describes the condition or conditions and identifies necessary accommodations;

The purpose of academic adjustments, auxiliary aids and services, and/or modifications, known collectively as accommodations, is to reduce or eliminate any disadvantages that may exist because of an individual’s disability;

Faculty, instructors, lecturers, adjunct faculty, teaching assistants and graduate assistants (Teaching Professionals) may not refuse to provide accommodations approved by the CSD;

Accommodations cannot guarantee success, but rather seek to promote non-discrimination and equal access opportunities;

Accommodations are not merely student preferences; rather they are determined through an established interactive process between the student and the CSD based upon documentation received regarding the functional limitations resulting from a student’s disability;

The law does not require that higher education institutions waive specific courses or other academic requirements considered essential to completion of a particular program or degree. Rather, institutions are required to consider requests to modify program requirements on a case-by-case basis, to provide a student with a disability an equal opportunity to complete that program or degree.

New Student Information

As a student who is requesting accommodations for the first time, the CSD will engage in an interactive process with you in order to determine appropriate accommodations as well as other University services that may be helpful.

Through the interactive process, the CSD will:

  • Request and gather information and documentation related to your condition to understand how it impacts your
    functioning, including learning or living at UConn;
  • Obtain your self-report about the difficulties or limitations of your condition and the specific accommodations you
    are requesting;
  • In consultation with you, identify and consider potential accommodations that will provide equal access to your
    program, including the learning and living environments;
  • Notify your teaching professionals and other University departments as indicated of your approved accommodations.
  • Work with you, your instructors and other University staff to coordinate your accommodations as indicated.

The interactive process can only continue when you engage in the process with the CSD, your instructors and other University staff as indicated.

How do you start this process? Register with the CSD through MyAccess.

If you have any questions regarding the registration process or technical issues, please contact Annie Jednak, Case Services Manager at myaccess-csd@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2020.

Returning Student Information

As a returning student, the CSD will engage in the interactive process with you each semester to ensure the continued provision of appropriate accommodations as you progress through your program.

Through an interactive process, the CSD will:

  • Engage with you each semester to discuss and review your current accommodations. Accommodations are determined on
    a class-by-class basis and may change based on course structure and the requirements of your program.
  • Notify your teaching professionals and other University departments as indicated of your approved accommodations.
  • Work with you, your instructors and other University staff to coordinate your accommodations. Some accommodations
    may be appropriate for some courses, but not appropriate for others. The CSD will work together with you and your
    teaching professionals to ensure access while maintaining the academic integrity of the program.
  • Maintain open communication with you and your teaching professionals. If an accommodation is no longer effective,
    or if you are requesting a new accommodation, please contact your DSP to discuss alternatives. As a student, you
    are responsible for communicating concerns or difficulties to your DSP.

The interactive process can only continue when you engage in the process with the CSD, your instructors and other University staff as indicated.

Accommodation Request Process – Review for Accommodate

  1. Register with the CSD
    1. Log into the MyAccess portal at http://csd.uconn.edu/myaccess
      Your UConn NetID and password are required
    2. You will receive a confirmation to your UConn email account from the CSD that includes a link to a Student Self-Report Form. Use the form to provide us with information regarding your condition and how it affects you.
  2. Share Your Documentation
    Provide documentation regarding your condition(s) to the CSD, which explains the need for accommodations. Guidelines for documentation are available here: Evidence of Disability. You should share these guidelines with your treatment provider who can best describe the nature of the condition(s) and how it affects you. You can securely upload documentation through MyAccess or by one of the methods listed below*.
  3. Schedule an Appointment
    Once you complete registration in MyAccess, CSD will email you with the name and contact information of your Disability Service Professional (DSP) or Regional Campus Coordinator (RCC). Schedule an appointment through MyAccess or by calling (860) 486-2020.
    • After your initial meeting, you will receive an email notification from your DSP/RCC regarding the outcome of your request for accommodations.
    • If approved for accommodations, your DSP/RCC will communicate these accommodations to the appropriate offices on campus. For academic accommodations, you will receive steps on how to request accommodation letters for your teaching professionals
    • You are responsible for notifying your DSP if:
      • You add or drop a course (new accommodation letters will be created for added classes when you notify your DSP of your class schedule change);
      • Your condition or its impact on you changes during the semester;
      • You need to discuss your accommodations or request new accommodations;
      • Your approved accommodations are not coordinated in a timely manner.

*Documentation may be submitted confidentially by any of the following methods:

  • Upload to MyAccess
  • E-mail: myaccess-csd@uconn.edu
  • By Fax: (860) 486-4412
  • In-Person: Wilbur Cross Building, Room 204
  • By Mail: Annie Jednak
    Center for Students with Disabilities
    University of Connecticut
    233 Glenbrook Rd., Unit 4174
    Storrs, CT 06269-4174

Accommodation Letters — steps need review for Accommodate

  1. Log In to MyAccess http://csd.uconn.edu/myaccess
  2. Click on _____
  3. Step 3

  4. Contact DSP/RCC
  5. Accommodation Letters will be generated and emailed to your instructors ...?
  6. You are responsible for notifying your DSP/RCC if:
    • You add or drop a course (new accommodation letters will be created for added classes when you notify your DSP/RCC of your class schedule change);
    • Your condition or its impact on you changes during the semester;
    • You need to discuss your accommodations or request new accommodations;
    • Your approved accommodations are not coordinated in a timely manner.

Working with the CSD

The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) is vested by the University with the authority to engage in an interactive process with each student and determine appropriate accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case, class-by-class basis. This practice is in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended (2008), which provides that no qualified person will be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by the University because of a disability.

People with Disabilities, UConn Policy Statement:

The University of Connecticut is committed to achieving equal educational and employment opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities. It is the University's policy that no qualified person be excluded from consideration for employment, participation in any University program or activity, be denied the benefits of any University program or activity, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination with regard to any University program or activity. This policy derives from the University's commitment to nondiscrimination for all persons in employment, academic programs, and access to facilities, programs, activities, and services.

A person with a disability must be ensured the same access to programs, opportunities, and activities at the University as all others. Existing barriers, whether physical, programmatic, or attitudinal must be removed. Further, there must be ongoing vigilance to ensure that new barriers are not erected.

The University's efforts to accommodate people with disabilities must be measured against the goal of full participation and integration. Services and programs to promote these benefits for people with disabilities shall complement and support, but not duplicate, the University's regular services and programs.

Achieving full participation and integration of people with disabilities requires the cooperative efforts of all of the University's departments, offices, and personnel. To this end, the University will continue to strive to achieve excellence in its services and to assure that its services are delivered equitably and efficiently to all of its members.

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What is MyAccess?

Whether you're a new student registering with the CSD or a returning student making adjustments to your accommodations, the process starts with our online Accessibility Management System, MyAccess.

As of June 27, 2022, MyAccess will include new self-service features for scheduling appointments, equipment check-outs, alternate media requests, and much more. Visit our MyAccess page to learn more and to Log In!

MyAccess

Help with MyAccess

If you have any questions regarding the registration process or technical issues while registering through MyAccess, please contact Tim Smagacz, Assistant Director of Operations at myaccess-csd@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2020.

Tim Smagacz
Center for Students with Disabilities
University of Connecticut
233 Glenbrook Rd., Unit 4174
Storrs, CT 06269-4174