FAQ’s

General FAQs

What is the CSD?

UConn's Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) provides services to students with disabilities to ensure a comprehensively accessible University experience. We engage in an interactive process with each student and review requests for accommodations on a case-by-case, course-by-course basis. 

What services do we offer?

Some services provided by the CSD include but are not limited to:

  • Engage in an interactive process with each student to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.
  • Collaborate with students and instructors to coordinate approved accommodations.
  • Collaborate with the students, faculty, staff and visitors to provide communication access.
  • Collaborate with students and the campus community to coordinate campus access accommodations.
  • Refer students to campus and community resources.

Do I qualify?

The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) is authorized to engage in an interactive process 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.

How do I request accommodations?

Register with the CSD through the student MyAccess portal

Accommodation FAQs

What are residential accommodations?

Students may be eligible for residential and/or meal plan accommodations. The CSD collaborates with Residential Life, Dining Services, Nutrition Services, Student Health and Wellness and other professional providers in order to determine the most appropriate accommodations.

What are academic accommodations?

Students may be eligible for academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services (referred to as accommodations). Accommodations are dependent upon the nature of each course and the method of instruction as it relates to the student’s documented disability.

What are campus access accommodations?

Students may be eligible for campus access-related accommodations. The CSD collaborates with Transportation, Parking Services and other professional providers in order to determine the most appropriate and effective accommodations.

Additional Information & Resources

What are my responsibilities as a student?

Please note that accommodations provided in high school may not necessarily be appropriate at the postsecondary level.

At postsecondary institutions students have the responsibility to:

  • Self-identify or disclose their disability to the designated office for disability services.
  • Provide documentation that verifies the nature of the disability and the need for specific accommodations.
  • Arrange for their own personal assistants, tutoring, and individually designed assistive technologies.

Postsecondary institutions are not required to:

  • Reduce or waive any of the essential requirements of a course or program.
  • Conduct testing and assessment of learning, psychological or medical disabilities.
  • Provide personal assistants, personal or private tutoring, or IEPs.

What is the difference between high school & college?

There are many differences between high school and college, including laws pertaining to students with disabilities, student responsibilities (social, academic, personal), and adjustment to a new environment.

A significant difference is that students must take more responsibility as a self-advocate in postsecondary institutions to request accommodations and communicate their needs to appropriate services.

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