SAS Letter - January 2019

Dear Students,

Sending you happy wishes for 2019!

Talk to us — book a meeting with us is by calling reception at 781-736-3470!

In this letter, we want to clear up some myths about disability documentation!  For most conditions, SAS requests documentation that is roughly within three years.  However, there are some physical and sensory conditions that are unchanging, and the doctor’s letter does not have to be recent.  The documentation guidelines we use are described on our website.

Our professional field provides guidance that we can ask that psychological/psychiatric conditions be documented within 6 months – as these conditions can change over short periods of time – but, in practice we are far more generous about the dates.

When SAS staff approve and arrange specific accommodations for your classes, we do need to see documentation that supports the need for that accommodation.  This is particularly true for accommodations/services that call on university resources in order for us to meet your needs or that change the conditions of student competition for grades (e.g., extended test/exam time).  When faculty need to coordinate with us to provide accommodations, they expect to see the accommodation on your accommodation letter.

When students request accommodations directly of their instructors, instructors loop back to us — as they expect to learn about required accommodations from our office.  It is quite ordinary that we would reach out to a student to request documentation that supports a request for accommodations.

What is absolutely true is that universal accessibility, once it can be achieved, will reduce the need for a number of specific accommodations that we go to great effort to arrange to meet student needs.  We are working towards this long-term goal for our world and for our campus.

In our November message to SAS students, we encouraged you to use the Report It mechanism if you experience or observe a Bias-Related Incident.

We have added a new feature on our website that allows students to inform us directly – either anonymously or by sharing identity – of any communication/event that you wish us to address with follow-up actions.

Report an accessibility issue

Wishing you a terrific spring semester --

Warmly,

The SAS Team

Elizabeth Nako, Accessibility Specialist – undergrads

Kaitlyn Rogers, Accessibility Specialist – undergrads

Lenny Prado, Program Administrator

Scott Lapinski, Accessibility Specialist – grad students

Beth Rodgers-Kay, Director