Information for Incoming and Newly Disclosing Students

Students and Disabilities in College

If you have a disability or chronic medical condition and would like to explore accommodations and resources, you are in the right place!  Student Accessibility Services serves more than 550 students at CSB/SJU. 

What's in a word? 

Our office is here to honor state and federal civil rights legislation for students with disabilities. We understand that language matters. A number of terms, including the word "disability," are used frequently in our work.  While this term is embraced by the Disability Community we encourage you to use the language you find to be most appropriate. 

What does it mean to have a disability? 

A disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008, is “a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, having a record of such impairment, or being regarded as having such impairment.” Additional reading can be found here

Our office serves the individuals who meet the federal definition of disability noted above. Common conditions that meet this criteria may include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Dyslexia and other learning disabilities
  • Mental health conditions (e.g. anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, etc.)
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Deafness/HOH
  • Visual impairments
  • Physical/mobility-related conditions

Common Accommodations

Accommodations are approved on a case-by-case basis. There is no "standard" accommodation for any given condition or disability. We strive to become familiar with the unique barriers encountered by each student. 

Below is a list of accommodations that may be available based on individual needs:

  • Extended Testing Time
  • Alternate Test Location
  • Access to Assistive Technology
  • Housing and dining accommodations
  • Other Accommodations Unique to Individual Needs and Circumstances