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Services and Documentation

Disability Support Services for Students
Learning Center
Reed Library, Fourth Floor
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716)673-3270

Student Self-Assessment

Self-Identification Forms available:

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All documentation of disability sent to the DSS office is confidential. Information about disability is not discussed nor revealed to any SUNY Fredonia faculty or staff without students' written permission.

Students requiring accommodations at the State University of New York at Fredonia must self-identify by contacting the Office of Disability Support Services and providing documentation of a disability.  Students are encouraged to complete the Student Self Identification Form and submit along with supporting documentation to:

Disability Support Services for Students
The Learning Center
Carnahan Jackson Center
Reed Library - Fourth Floor
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063

Documentation may also be faxed to (716)673-3801 or emailed to

Upon receipt, the Coordinator will review documentation to determine eligibility for services.  Once completed, the student will be notified to set up an intake meeting or request that additional information be provided.  The DSS office engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews each request on a case-by-case basis.

Documentation should include the following information:

  • Credentials of the evaluator(s)
  • A clear diagnostic statement identifying the disability
  • A description of diagnostic methodology used
  • A description of current functional limitations
  • A description of the expected progression or stability of the condition
  • A description of past and/or current accommodations the student has used
  • Recommendation for accommodations, adaptive devices or services with a rationale and justification for all requested accommodations.

Procedure for Accessing Accommodations

Students who require accommodations are required to meet with the Coordinator each semester to complete their accommodation request.  Students are encouraged to contact the DSS office during the first 2 weeks of the semester to schedule an appointment.  Please note that some accommodations may require students to contact DSS prior to the start of classes.  A delay in discussing accommodations with the Coordinator may result in a delay in accommodations being provided.   Accommodations are not retroactive.

Upon completion of the accommodation request, DSS will send an “Accommodation Memo” to each instructor for each class in which accommodations are requested.   The memo notifies faculty that the student is registered with the office of Disability Support Services for Students, has provided appropriate documentation, and lists accommodations approved for the student.  Memos are sent via email or campus mail with a copy provided to the student.

Faculty are not required to provide accommodations to students without notification from the DSS office.

After completing their accommodation request, students should contact their instructors to discuss their accommodations and/or make arrangements for accommodations to be provided.  Students should contact the DSS Coordinator as soon as possible, if mutually agreed upon arrangements cannot be determined, if accommodations are not appropriate for the class, or if there are any issues with the agreed upon accommodations.  The Coordinator will work with the faculty member and the student to determine an appropriate solution or alternative.

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