Access, Advocacy, and Achievement
Services and Accommodations
The DRC is committed to leveling the playing field for students with disabilities through services and accommodations. Students new to the DRC will need to make an initial meeting appointment. At this appointment, a DRC staff member and the student will discuss the need for accommodations and determine academic accommodations. It is preferred that disability documentation is presented during the initial meeting with DRC staff. For more information on disability documentation, please see "Forms" tab.
Accommodated Testing Program
The Accommodated Testing Program provides proctoring services to students with disabilities. 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 Letter to their instructors outlining the testing accommodations that the student is eligible for. 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 alternate location.
Assistive Technology Training and Support
The DRC supports students with visual limitations, learning disabilities or other cognitive or physical limitations that significantly affect the ability to read and/or comprehend print material through the use of alternative text services which convert print material into a format that is more compatible to a student's abilities or to train the student to utilize assistive technology to provide access to printed information. Note-taking accommodations and software are available to students with hearing, visual, motor limitations or those who have learning/cognitive disabilities that significantly affect the process of taking notes in class.
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:
- Scheduling assistance for accessible classrooms
- Assistance with accessible routes around campus
- Training on assistive technology
- Coordination of sign language interpreters/captioning services
- Referral to Center for Student Resources and Academic Support
- Liaison with ACCES-VR and CBVH
- Information on disability and higher education
- Support services for veterans through Veterans and Military Services
Additional Campus Services (not provided by DRC):
SUNY New Paltz offers a full range of services for all students through a referral process.
- Tutoring Services
- Center for Student Development
- Speech-Language and Hearing Center
- Student Health Center
- Psychological Counseling Center
- Career Resource Center
The DRC strives to be successful in promoting student access, advocacy, and achievement. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the services and resources that are available to students, DRC staff analyze program data to determine how students are different as a result of the DRC. This program data is used to show the impact of the resources offered while guiding the DRC toward improvement, and to better impact all students with disabilities.