The Disability Resource Center provides services to academically qualified students with permanent or temporary disabilities in accordance with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and section 504 for the Rehabilitation Act to ensure access to programs and activities in the pursuit of attaining their educational objectives. The philosophy of this office is to encourage independence, and to assist students in realizing their academic potential and to ensure recognition of their abilities, not disabilities, as they become active participants in a diverse and global society. The Disability Resource Center also serves as a resource for information about disability and higher education.
The goal of this office is to assist students with disabilities to function as independently as possible, and to participate in the educational and civic activities of the college according to their interests and abilities.
Access, Advocacy and Achievement
Students with disabilities who utilize the Disability Resource Center will be able to:
- Identify their disability/functional limitations and possible accommodations he/she may need
- Demonstrate self-advocacy and the ability to communicate his/her need for academic accommodation to faculty and staff
- Make use of the services available through the DRC to assist in reaching his/her academic potential (Accommodated Testing Program, Note-Taking Services, Alternate Text, Assistive Technology, Tutoring, Specialist for Disability and Learning)
Services and Accommodations
The DRC is committed to leveling the playing field for students with disabilities through services and accommodations. Students with disabilities are asked to submit documentation on their disability. Students should then meet with a DRC staff member to discuss possible services and accommodations that will best assist the student in reaching their academic potential.
Accommodated Testing Program:
The Accommodated Testing Program provides proctoring services to students with disabilities who are registered with the Disability Resource Center. Students are advised to set up their testing accommodations as close to the beginning of the semester as possible by meeting with a staff member of the DRC. Students requesting testing accommodations will deliver an Accommodation Memo to their instructors outlining the testing accommodations that the student is eligible for. All accommodations are based on disability documentation given to the DRC by the student. Testing accommodations include but are not limited to extended time for exams, use of a reader or scribe, use of a computer for essay exams and or alternate location.
Alternate Text Services:
The DRC provides alternative text for students with visual limitations, learning disabilities or other cognitive or physical limitations that significantly affect the ability to read and/or comprehend print material. Alternate Text Services converts print material into a format that is more compatible to a student’s abilities in order to provide access to printed information.
Note Taking Services:
Note taking services are available to students with hearing, visual, motor limitations or those who have learning/cognitive disabilities that significantly affect the ability to take notes in class.
Specialist for Disability and Learning:
The Specialist for Disability and Learning provides one to one assistance with time management skills, organization skills, writing skills and other academic skills that will enhance the student’s academic potential. All students with disabilities are eligible to work with the SDL.
Support Services for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders:
The DRC provides support to students with Autism Spectrum Disorders through regularly scheduled individual appointments and through workshops focusing on interpersonal and academic skills.
Other services include:
- Accessible Classrooms
- Accessible On-campus Housing options
- Assistance with Accessible Routes around campus
- Training on Assistive Technology
- Coordination of Sign Language Interpreters/Captioning Services
- Liaison with ACCES-VR and CBVH
- Information on Disability and Higher Education
- Support services for Veterans
Additional Campus Services
SUNY New Paltz offers a full range of services for students with disabilities:
- Tutoring Services
- Center for Student Development
- Speech and Hearing Clinic
- Student Health Center
- Psychological Counseling Center
- Career Resource Center
The DRC also offers several support programs throughout the academic year to provide additional support to students with disabilities.
- Navigating New Paltz is an orientation workshop for first-time and transfer students. This workshop educates students with disabilities about the support services that are available to them while attending SUNY New Paltz.
- The DRC Peer Mentor Program provides new students with the opportunity to connect with other students with disabilities. Through social interactions the DRC Peer Mentors will assist new students with their transition to college life at SUNY New Paltz.
- The Physical Access Group, comprised of students with physical disabilities, provides invaluable information on ways to enhance the accessibility of the campus. Periodically, the group coordinates a walk with key campus personnel including Facilities Operations.
Portia Altman, Director
Anne Osowski, Access Specialist
Caitlin Kramer, Services Coordinator
Lisa Hasbrouck, Keyboard Specialist
Student Union Building, room 210
Hours of Operation 8:30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday
Disability Resource Center
Student Union, room 210
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561
The Disability Resource Center is a National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) voter registration site.