Students who have been admitted to UCCS and would like to discuss accommodations or services should set up an appointment with Disability Services. An intake interview provides the opportunity for our staff to understand the student's disability experience. This meeting will help determine potential accommodations that will provide access in an academic environment. Disability Services staff will consider the student's self-report as well as any documentation that the student presents. Based on the discussion, Disability Services may implement accommodations, set up provisional or temporary accommodations while waiting for additional documentation, or request documentation specific to establishing a connection between the disability and the barrier. Students must request services; submission of documentation does not activate services or accommodations.
Once accommodations have been determined, Disability Services staff will present students with a Faculty Accommodation Letter for each of the students' classes. These letters do not speak to your disability specifically but will state that the student "has a documented disability and has been approved for specific accommodations." In addition, the letters state that, "Students with disabilities are eligible for reasonable accommodations per Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA of 1990. Accommodations provide equal opportunity to obtain the same level of achievement while maintaining the University of Colorado Colorado Springs standards of excellence." Disability Services staff will also explain policies and requirements for specific services, for example, requesting academic texts in alternate format; notetaking services; testing policies; interpreting services. At this time Disability Services staff will also talk with students about how to discuss their accommodations with faculty.
Students have the right to confidentiality of all disability-related information. It is the student who determines how much disability-related information he or she is willing to disclose to faculty. The UCCS community respects students' right to privacy.