Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What documentation do I have to provide to prove that I have a disability?
A. You must have a statement from an appropriately licensed and certified person who is qualified to diagnose your disability and to provide a statement about its impact on your ability to function as a student in college.
Q. I have an IEP from high school. Is that adequate documentation?
A. No. The IEP from high school identifies the services the high school agreed to provide. The high school IEP does not document the disability or identify the impact on college education. A recent evaluation from high school's school psychologist or other licensed professional may be used for documentation
Q. Where do I send documentation of my disability?
A. Send documentation to the Office of Accessibility Services, The process to establish your eligibility begins when you provide OAS with documentation that gives a diagnosis and description of your disability. The documentation can be hand carried, faxed, or mailed to the Office of Accessibility Services:
115 South Street
Middletown, New York 10940A
Attention: Melanie Bukovsky
Fax Number: (845) 341-4360
One Washington Center
Newburgh, NY 12550
Attention: Jennifer Clayton
Fax Number: (845) 220-4063
Do NOT send it to the Admissions office.
Q. Can my parents know about my academic performance in college?
A. No, not without your permission. We will require you to sign a release if you want our office to discuss your grades, behavior or attendance with anyone else but you.
Q. I may be absent a lot, will my professors excuse me?
A. Not really, in college the student is responsible for their work and keeping up with it. Each faculty member will have their own attendance policy. The law does not require excused absence be a reasonable accommodation. Even if you are absent for legitimate medical reasons you may lose points in your grade or fail depending on the classes' attendance policy.
Q. Why would two individuals with the same disability receive different accommodations?
A. Situations are considered on a case-by-case basis because the impact of a given disability on each person can be totally different in its effect.