Student Accessibility Services COVID-19 Response

As you prepare to begin your online courses, we offer the following guidance on the continuance of accommodations in this new environment. ​ We know that this change is unexpected and can be a bit anxiety inducing, but hope you know that we are still here and ready to support your learning in this new way.  Disability accommodations do carry over into online formats. We look forward to staying in communication with you via email and Zoom, to facilitate this transition for you and for the faculty.  Do know that, so far, we’ve had many very positive interactions with faculty who are very committed to finding the most seamless way to administer these accommodations.  It’s going to be different, but we truly believe it’s going to be all right! 

  • Accommodation Letters: You should provide your faculty members with an official accommodation letter from the SAS office, if you have not already done so. Please see Letters Guide to retrieve a current letter, or Existing Student Guide for how to request a new letter for this semester. 
  • Exam Accommodations: To arrange exam accommodations, please follow the same steps you always have: forward your accommodation letter to faculty, and complete an online exam form 7 days in advance of an upcoming exam.  SAS and the Poorvu Center are working with faculty to coordinate online accommodations.
  • Accessible Course Materials and Text-to-Speech Technology: If you are previously approved for an accommodation for accessible course materials for screen reader purposes or captioned videos, and are concerned about your ability to access an online course due to these concerns, please reach out SAS.  
  • ASL Interpreters/ CART: We are working with our existing outside vendors to ensure these services to continue remotely and taking care of the logistics surrounding these services. Please contact SAS with any questions.
  • Notetaking Assistance: For those that are previously approved for notetaking technology or assistance, we are arranging for notetaking assistance to continue. Notetaking technology should work seamlessly with online courses and require no additional action on your part.

If you have questions about online disability-related accommodations at this time, direct them to SAS. We are available to answer questions and help coordinate accommodations remotely.

What We Do

The primary mission of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is to facilitate individual accommodations for all students with disabilities throughout the entire University, and by so doing, work to remove physical and attitudinal barriers, which may prevent their full participation in the University community. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act guide much of our work. 

Often, the physical barrier is the easiest to remove - the attitudinal barriers are much more difficult. To create a university community, which is truly accessible and inclusive of all persons, including people with disabilities requires the participation of each member of the community. If you have any questions about accessibility or our office, please contact us. 

If you are a Yale employee seeking disability-related accommodations, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Access.