The University of Bridgeport is committed to providing services to qualified students with disabilities so that they receive an equal educational opportunity. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Connecticut State Laws, we provide reasonable accommodations to reduce the impact of disabilities on academic functioning or other life activities in the University setting.
Disability Services offers a private and confidential atmosphere for students to talk about their disabilities and accommodations requests. The following services may be available for students with disabilities, based on documentation and within the parameters outlined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended:
- Academic Adjustments (Accommodations)
- Assistive Technology
- Auxiliary Aids
All accommodations are determined on an individual basis. To receive services or accommodations, students are advised to provide appropriate documentation well in advance of the beginning of the semester, preferably at least two months prior to the beginning of each academic semester. While every effort will be made to arrange accommodations in a timely fashion, failure to provide sufficient advance notice may impede delivery service. In order to begin the process of requesting accommodations, students can contact Disability Services at 203-576-4454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accommodations are adaptations and changes made to elements of a student’s postsecondary program that help to compensate for the student’s impairment(s) and provide equal access to students with disabilities. Here are the basics:
- Any student with a documented disability may be eligible to receive accommodations & services from Disability Services.
- The purpose of accommodations and modifications is to reduce or eliminate any disadvantages that may exist because of an individual’s disability.
- Accommodations are not a guarantee for success, but rather seek to promote non-discrimination and equal access opportunities.
- Accommodations are not student preferences; they are determined through an established review process based on documentation received regarding the student’s disability.
- The law does not require institutions to waive specific courses or academic requirements considered essential to a particular program or degree. Rather, they are mandated to modify existing requirements on a case-by-case basis in order to ensure that individuals are not discriminated against on the basis of their disability.
- In order to access accommodations, students must disclose their disability to Disability Services and state their requested accommodations.
The objective of Disability Services is to provide services and support that ensures an equal educational opportunity for students at the University. Our services aim to include not only the appropriate accommodations, but also the use of assistive technology and supportive outreach that is essential for students’ educational success. We provide several types of hardware and software that can assist students with visual impairments, hearing impairments, as well as learning and physical disabilities. This hardware and software is available to all UB students with a qualifying disability who are entitled to academic accommodations.