How can the Disability Services Office (DSO) help me?
If you have a disability in addition to deafness, you might require accommodations and choose to request accommodations from Disability Services Office.
When requesting accommodations, what documentations do I need to bring to the Disability Services Office?
There are two pieces of information that is needed. First, you need to submit a request form. This can be found in the NTID Admissions Packet, or it can be found online here or in PDF format. Second, you need to provide documentation of your disability. This can be a psycho-educational evaluation, or maybe a doctor's letter, depending on the disability. (Generally, high school IEPs or 504 plans are not accepted) Refer to this page for more info.
Does RIT offer evaluations for additional disabilities?
No, RIT does not offer evaluations on campus. If you wish to get evaluated, contact your primary care physician and/or discuss other options with your NTID counselor.
How do I contact the RIT Disability Services Director to discuss accommodations?
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone - 585 475 6988 (if needed, can use video relay service)
If I need to meet the Disability Services Director in person, how do we communicate?
When making the appointment with the director, discuss the best mode of communication for your meeting. This can include assistive technology or requesting an interpreter.
How do I tell my instructor about my accommodations?
It is a good idea to give your instructors a copy of your Disability Services Agreement (DSA) at the beginning of each quarter. It is suggested that you speak to your instructor about your accommodations during their office hours so you have time and privacy to discuss your needs. You are not required to tell your instructor what your disability is. It is best to keep communication open about your accommodation needs throughout the quarter with your instructor to ensure that your needs are being met.
I'm taking a course and I am not getting the accommodations that I need from my instructor. What should I do?
Make sure you have given your DSA to your instructor and discussed how to set up the recommended accommodations. If you are not satisfied; discuss your concern with your instructor. If needed, you can discuss this with your NTID counselor and/or the RIT Disability Services Director.
I have a DSA but I think I need to change my accommodations, can I request this change?
Yes. You may decide that you need to adjust the accommodations you originally were offered. You can talk with the RIT Disability Services Director and discuss your needs.You may have this conversation at any time while you are a student at RIT. Your requested changes may require additional documentation.
My accommodation is having a note taker, close vision/tactile interpreter, or scribe, I am not satisfied with the services. What should I do?
If you are not satisfied with your services, you can login at the RIT myaccess website. Scroll down and on left column, you will see “Problems?” Click and report the problem. Other options are to contact your NTID counselor and/ or RIT Disability Services Director. They can guide you to the appropriate person to assist you in resolving your concerns.
I have been here at college for a while with no DSA. I now think that I may need accommodations. What do I do?
Sometimes, while you are in college, you discover that you have an additional disability which is impacting your education. You can discuss this concern with your NTID counselor and submit a request and documentation to the RIT Disability Services Director.