Student Rights & Responsibilities
Learning to advocate for yourself is one of the most important skills for a person with a disability to have, especially when it comes to getting an education. Read more about Self-Advocacy and Disability Accommodation.
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education
The US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), provides a thorough explanation of the differences between the comprehensive provisions of government regulations for educating students with disabilities in grades K-12 and the civil rights of students in postsecondary education. This page may be found at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html
National Voter Registration Act
The Office of Accessibility Resources has been designated as a voter registration agency exclusively for UB students with disabilities. All students with disabilities who would like to register to vote in elections for local, New York State, and federal government can do so at our offices. You can also change your registered mailing address or request an absentee ballot through our offices. Professional staff will provide assistance with completing the registration form as needed.
Information about the NVRA can be found at the New York State Board of Elections website.
When to Contact Us
Rather than set hard and fast deadlines, we encourage students to contact us at their earliest opportunity when requesting reasonable accommodations, etc. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide timely and effective services. Because many requests require staff time to implement, however, last-minute requests may result in unfortunate delays. Untimely requests may result in denial.
Two examples of a last-minute request would be textbooks in alternative media or auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters during or just before the first week of classes. An example of an untimely request would be accommodated course tests just two or three weeks before final exams.