Student Disability Services (SDS)Western New England University recognizes that each person has a unique learning style and individual physical needs, and therefore recognizes its responsibility to provide equal access to opportunites for persons with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended (2010). All members of the Western New England University community work together to ensure equitable access for students with disabilities so that they may participate fully in their college experience.
Mission of Student Disability Services
The Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) assists students with learning disabilities, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders, psychiatric disorders, sensory disabilities, physical disabilities and health impairments. Students registered with the office are provided reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis to afford equal opportunity with respect to participation in the institution’s programs, activities and services. In order to facilitate equitable access, support services are provided, which may include tutoring, academic monitoring and mentoring, as well as help with organization and study skills. Also, reasonable accommodations might include extended time for exams and papers, exams given in a distraction reduced setting, peer note takers in class, audio taping of class lectures, assistive technology, alternate testing formats, converting textbooks to accessible formats, sign language interpreters, books on tape and Brailled books or class material. Our goal is to create an accessible environment in which students become independent learners with the skills and abilities necessary to participate fully in the university experience.
Vision of Student Disability Services
Our vision is to promote full participation of students with disabilities in the campus community by advancing awareness and understanding of disability culture and accessibility concerns. We envision a community where all individuals are seen as valued and contributing members who are distinguished by their abilities, not disabilities.
Values of Student Disability Services
Our office is committed to the belief that education should both enable and empower all community members to live and work in an environment sensitive to diversity. It is this commitment that informs and drives the support offered through the Office of Student disability Services.
Questions? Contact Us
Office of Student Disability Services
Western New England University
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119-2684
Bonni Alpert, Assistant Dean
Kelli Ryan, Coordinator of Disability Services
*NOTE: Student Disability Services forms are now submitted online. You will need a working Western New England University user ID and password to continue. If you do not know your user ID or password, please contact the Office of Information Technology (OIT) Service Desk at 413-796-2200 or use the OIT Frequently Asked Questions page to try and resolve the issue yourself.