Office of Accessibility Resources and Services Student Handbook

As a prospective or current student, you are in the process of making many decisions, ranging from which schools to apply to and what to study, to engaging in the process of registering for courses, completing the degree-planning process and identifying the resources you will need to be successful at Empire State University.

The information provided in this student handbook is designed to assist students with disabilities to make decisions and progress through their studies by identifying and requesting reasonable accommodations that would provide equal access to all university services, studies, programs and activities.

Students attending university after high school often do not realize that their university experience will be different from their high-school experience. As a leader in the field of adult education, our staff is aware that adults often decide to return to university after a variety of life events, including an injury or disability that may have affected their employment or their learning.

The resources offered through the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services provide equal access to all university services, studies, programs and activities by ensuring that reasonable accommodations are determined and implemented in an appropriate manner.

As you read through this student handbook, keep the following in mind:

  1. An accommodation is a modification to a program, task or event that allows an individual with a disability to participate fully. Accommodations must be effective to ensure equal access, but may not reduce program standards or present an undue financial or administrative burden to the institution.
  2. Documentation is the report generated by the professional who has evaluated an individual’s disability and provides the official basis of the student’s claim that he or she is a person with a disabling condition. While the law allows the university to request this documentation, at Empire State University proof of a disability is not required for most accommodation requests.

The following accommodations require documentation:

  • Reader's Aid Funds application
  • ADA Part-Time TAP eligibility
  • alternatively formatted text books, i.e., e-text from the publishers or audio books

The articles below will provide you with information about:

Registering with Accessibility Resources and Services and Requesting Accommodations

Why Should I Register? Answers for Adult Students and Recent High School Graduates

Applicable Laws for Students with Disabilities

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Action Plan: A Step-by-Step Guide

What if I Suspect I Have a Disability? What to Do and Who to Contact

Temporary Disability: What Do I Qualify For?

Accommodations: An Overview

Accommodations for Online Courses

Requesting Alternatively Formatted Books

ADA Part-Time TAP: Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

Determining the Functional Limitation of Your Disability

Documentation: What Is It? When Is It Required? Why Should I Consider Assessment or Reassessment?

Recordkeeping and Confidentiality

Grievance and Appeals: How Do I Grieve or Appeal a Disability Action?

All students registered with the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services are responsible for knowing the information provided in this handbook.

Contact us

If you have any questions related to disability services, you can find additional information on the community resources and frequently asked questions pages, or you may contact the accessibility resources staff at:

Office of Accessibility Resources and Services
Phone: 800-847-3000, ext. 2244
Fax: 518-584-3098
NYS Relay Service 800-421-1220