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We provide services to students with temporary health issues or permanent disabilities.

D'Youville is committed to providing equal access to all students, including those who qualify as persons with disabilities. Any student with documentation of a disability is eligible for service through the D'Youville Accessibility Resources Office. 

All appointments are currently virtual.

Application Process

All students who disclose a disability are referred to Isabelle Vecchio, Coordinator of Accessibility Resources, who will meet with you to identify what types of accommodations you'll need.

After you receive notice that you've been accepted to D'Youville, you should schedule an appointment to apply for services. You'll need to meet with our office each semester to discuss your ongoing needs. All appointments are currently virtual.

Make an Appointment with Isabelle Vecchio

Documentation

The application process requires documentation of your disability that reflects your current condition. Please contact the Coordinator of Accessibility Resources if you have further questions.

Accommodations

We offer accommodations to meet your temporary or permanent disability needs.

Students with a documented disability on file are eligible to receive accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Each semester, you need to meet with the Coordinator of Accessibility Resources to determine the types of accommodations you'll need. Some examples of possible accommodations include:

Testing Accommodations

  • Extended time to complete tests
  • Proctored exams in a special location such as the Learning Center
  • A reader to read your test questions to you
  • A scribe who will write down your dictated answers
  • Oral responses to essay questions
  • A proctor to explain auxiliary vocabulary used in the test questions
  • Alternative answer sheets and scrap paper

Class Accommodations

  • Extended deadlines to complete class assignments
  • Alternative methods to demonstrate mastery of course objectives
  • The opportunity to substitute alternative coursework for certain degree requirements
  • Provision of books on tape
  • Additional time to correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • Exemption from loss of credit for misspellings
  • Use of computer to type essay exams
  • Use of a calculator
  • Possible partial credit if part of the answer is correct
  • Permission to tape-record lectures
  • Provision of a copy of a notetaker's notes

Registration & Course Load Accommodations

  • A reduced course load
  • Priority in registration
  • Information to your advisor regarding your learning needs with respect to times, types of courses, number of courses, and course formats

Textbook Accommodations

If your documentation indicates that you are eligible to obtain textbooks in alternate format and you would like to do so, the following guidelines must be followed:

  • Requests for Alternate Format Textbooks should be made 4 weeks in advance of the start of a class.
  • If you are having difficulty obtaining a text, you should contact the Coordinator of Accessibility Resources.
  • Students must be enrolled in a class for which the textbook is being requested.
  • Students must present proof of purchase of textbooks or other materials that are requested before the material is ordered in alternate format by the Accessibility Resources Coordinator.
  • Download and complete an Alternate Text Required request form, or pick up a form in the Accessibility Resources Office.
  • Students are advised to obtain membership to Recordings for The Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD) and should contact RFBD to order books in cassette or CD format if they are available. Information on RFBD is available at: https://learningally.org/. Students are responsible for membership fees for RFBD.

Non-Academic Accommodations

Non-academic accommodations are determined by the recommendations included in your documentation.

Dietary
  • Assistance with menu planning
campus living
  • Modified living arrangements
Student Engagement
  • Contact the Student Engagement Office at advocacy@dyc.edu or the Office of Accessibility Resources if you have any questions about accommodations and accessibility for any campus activities or events.

Book an Appointment

Request Testing Appointment

If you plan to take tests in the Learning Center, you must complete the Request Testing Appointment Form below. These requests need to be submitted one week before the scheduled test date. 

Request testing Appointment

Our Mission

The mission of the D’Youville Accessibility Resources Office is to ensure that all students, faculty, staff and visitors, receive equal access to academic programs, facilities, work environments and campus activities.

Office of Civil Rights

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education provides information explaining the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools. This information also explains the obligations of a postsecondary school to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services, to ensure that the school does not discriminate on the basis of disability. Read more about the Office for Civil Rights.

Admissions Standards

D’Youville does not discriminate against students with disabilities. Students with disabilities do not need to disclose their disability on any admission documents to have access to academic programs and services. Students with disabilities must meet the same admission standards as students without disabilities. SAT scores taken under special conditions are not identified to the Admissions Office.

Laws that apply to disability services

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an individual with a disability is defined as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act states that, "No otherwise qualified person in the United... shall, solely by reason of...disability, be denied the benefits of be excluded from participation in, or be subjected to the discrimination under any program or activity that either receives federal financial assistance."

Frequently Asked Questions

We have answers to common questions you may have about disability services or the accommodations process.

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Contact Us

Accessibility Resources Office
Isabelle Vecchio, Coordinator of Accessibility Resources

Location: Library Third Floor

Phone: 716-829-7728
Fax: 716-829-7884

Email: vecchioi@dyc.edu