How to Connect with Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to create usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environments. However, there may be times when there are aspects of the instruction or design of a course that results in barriers to accurately assess achievement. When that is the case, the Disability Services staff will work with you to arrange for accommodations.

While this process can be initiated at any time, it is recommended that students contact Disability Services as early as possible in their academic career. We would be happy to meet with students and their families during campus tours and FASET Orientation if interested in meeting prior to the start of their first semester.

 

1.   Submit the Student Accommodation Request

Complete the online Student Accommodation Request and provide any available documentation that indicates a disability. Helpful information may include medical records, psycho educational testing, and school records, such as IEPs or 504 plans. While every request is considered on a case-by-case basis, there are guidelines for documentation set by the University System of Georgia that the Disability Services team uses to review documentation. Even if you believe that the documentation you have does not meet the USG guidelines for documentation, please make contact with a Disability Services team member anyway. Depending on the documentation you have, Disability Services may be able to offer provisional accommodations for a limited period of time (usually one semester) to give you time to get the additional information needed.

 

2.   Attend a Welcome Meeting

Schedule an initial welcome meeting with a member of the Disability Services team by logging into Accommodate with your Georgia Tech username and password. Students may request, review, reschedule and cancel appointments online.

Request an Appointment

Studnts can also email dsinfo@gatech.edu, call 404.894.2563 or visit our office in the Smithgall Student Services Building, Suite 123 to schedule an appointment. Our team will be happy to meet with you in a manner that works best for you (a face-to-face meeting, a phone meeting, a meeting using Skype).  Appointments last approximately 50 minutes.

 

3.  Explore Options

During the Welcome Meeting, you and the coordinator will explore your individual experience, current or anticipated barriers, educational history, and accommodations that have been effective in providing access.   Through this interactive experience, you and the coordinator will discuss next steps in the process. 

If approved for accommodations, students will receive an email from the office with a course accessibility letter within one week with the conversation with a Disability Services coordinator. 

 

4. Collaborate with your Faculty

Once you have your Course Accessibility Letter, collaborate with your instructor to determine how the accommodations will be implemented in the course. This entails providing your instructor with a Course Accessibility Letter and conversing with the instructor regarding your accommodations.

 

5. Complete Additional Requests

Complete any other requests each semester as discussed in the initial meeting (i.e. books in alternate format, submitting schedule for interpreters, scheduling tests with the Testing Center.)

 

6. Questions or Concerns

We know that questions, challenges and concerns may arise.  The disability coordinator you met with initially would be happy to answer any follow-up questions. If you are unsure of who you met with, you can always email dsinfo@gatech.edu, call 404.894.2563 or visit our office in the Smithgall Student Services building, Suite 123.