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Reasonable Accommodations and How to Register

Reasonable Accommodations

New York University provides reasonable accommodations to students who document their disability with CSD.  Reasonable Accommodations are adjustments to policy, practice, and programs that “level the playing field” for students with disabilities and provide equal access to NYU‘s programs and activities. Accommodation plans and other related services are individualized based on each student’s disability-related needs, disability documentation and NYU program requirements and are therefore determined on a case by case basis.  Each student who registers with CSD works with a Disability Specialist to develop a reasonable accommodation plan. 

Accommodations include, but are not limited to:

  • Testing accommodations
  • Note-takers
  • Use of a computer for exams
  • Materials in alternate format
  • Provision of sign language interpreters

Reasonable accommodations do not negate requirements for successful completion of a program, course, or service or adherence to acceptable standards of behavior.  It is important to note that some accommodations are not appropriate in all courses. 

How to Register with CSD

Individuals with disabilities are asked to self-identify and make known their requests for accommodation and support through CSD. As appropriate, you should provide information and documentation that helps to establish your disability and your need for accommodation.

To begin the process of applying for accommodations, the student should complete an Application for Services form. If available, any third-party documentation which supports the student’s request for accommodations should be forwarded to CSD, along with the Application for Services. Once the student’s Application for Services is received, the student will be contacted by a CSD Disability Specialist. It may be helpful, in order to streamline the process, to have any pertinent documentation available during the first conversations with the CSD Disability specialist, but it is not necessary. Please do not hesitate to submit an Application for Services if you do not have any available or current documentation or if you need assistance in understanding what documentation might be appropriate to clarify and support your application for appropriate accommodations.

When gathering information from outside sources that would be useful to CSD in assigning services, it will be helpful if such reports: (a) include a specific diagnosis, (b) identify and provide a current picture of the substantial limitations in one or more major life activities, (c) offer recommendations for specific related accommodations and explain how those recommendations relate to the substantial limitations, and (d) include the title and signature of the evaluator.

Examples of documentation include a current neuropsychological evaluation of psycho-education evaluation (generally for LD or ADHD), a CSD Certification of Disability form completed by a qualified health professional/clinician, or a detailed letter from a qualified evaluator or treatment provider. CSD may also request that the student complete a signed Authorization for Release of Information form so CSD has permission to contact the clinician completing documentation if necessary.

** Please note that all CSD forms are also available at the Moses Center at 726 Broadway, 2nd Floor. **

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