Request Accommodations

The University at Buffalo is committed to providing equal access to students with disabilities, including physical access to educational programs, events and activities. We strive to make it as easy as possible to request reasonable accommodations.

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Accessibility Resources — Here to Help You

Accessibility Resources coordinates student requests for accommodation. We’re here to help ensure that you have equal access.

University at Buffalo
60 Capen Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2608; Fax: (716) 645-3116

New Student Requests

Step 1: Inform Accessibility Resources of Your Request for Accommodations

Contact Accessibility Resources to arrange an initial meeting. Meetings may take place in person, over the phone or online, as needed. If you require accommodations for the meeting, please let us know when you make your appointment.

Make Your Request as Early as Possible

Please contact Accessibility Resources as soon as possible after you are admitted to UB, or as soon as you become aware of your accommodation needs. We strive to coordinate accommodations in a timely manner, but some accommodations may not be available when you need them if you do not give timely notice.

Accommodations Available to Students

You can request a variety of reasonable accommodations at UB, including note-taking assistance, accessible textbooks, testing accommodations and assistive equipment. To learn more about available accommodations, please contact Accessibility Resources.

Step 2: Accessibility Resources Determines if Your Request is Reasonable

The Accessibility Resources staff uses a variety of information sources to help determine if a request for accommodation is reasonable. These sources include (but are not limited to) the following.

Your Needs and Experiences

You are the first source of information about why an accommodation may be needed. Your narrative helps us determine if the accommodation is reasonable. Specifically, we are interested in:

  • Your disability experience
  • Any barriers you encounter to learning activities
  • Any barriers you encounter to participation on campus
  • Your past experience with effective and ineffective accommodations

Observation and Interaction

The Accessibility Resources staff is experienced in working with students with disabilities. Using this experience, we may be able to determine if your request is reasonable by making observations during interactions with you. These observations can help validate information in your self-report, further establishing your need for accommodation.

Documentation from Third Parties

Accessibility Resources may request documentation of your disability or a history of accommodation to help support your current request. Sources may include:

  • Educational, medical or psychological records
  • Reports and assessments created by healthcare providers, school psychologists or teachers; for example, information that shows a history of accommodation in education, such as an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or documentation from a previous college or university  


This information is usually provided at the initial meeting and/or during a follow-up period of review.

Send Documentation to Accessibility Resources — Not Admissions

Please send any documentation that supports your request to Accessibility Resources before your initial meeting, if possible. Do not send your information to the admissions office. To find out how to submit documentation securely, contact our office. 

Step 3: Get Your Accommodation Memo

If Accessibility Resources determines that your request for accommodation is reasonable, we will provide you with an Accommodation Memo. You will need a new Accommodation Memo each semester. (If you are a returning student and your needs have not changed, you can simply contact Accessibility Resources for an updated Accommodation Memo.)

Step 4: Share Your Accommodation Memo with Faculty and Staff

Once you receive your Accommodation Memo, it is your responsibility to inform faculty and staff of any accommodations that they may need to know about. The Accessibility Resources staff will explain in more detail how (and when) to share this Accommodation Memo with others.

Returning Student Requests

You will need a new Accommodation Memo each semester. If you don’t require any changes or additions to your Accommodation Memo, please contact Accessibility Resources to request your new Accommodation memo.

Request Your Accommodations

Students can request accommodations, find a note-taker and much more through the Accessibility Resources office:

  • Submit a request for reasonable accommodations
  • Find out when your request is approved
  • Request assistive equipment
  • Request a note taker
  • Book a test room
  • Make an appointment at Accessibility Resources

Additional Accommodations

Temporary Injuries

If you have a temporary injury that results in a disability, we may be able to help you receive reasonable accommodations. Please contact Accessibility Resources for details.

Snow Removal

Students who have received approval from Accessibility Resources for a snow removal accommodation can submit their campus travel routes each semester and request snow removal.

Computer Workstations and Software

UB Information Technology (UBIT) offers assistive computer workstations, which are wheelchair-accessible and have specialized software in addition to the standard academic software.

Housing

If you have disability-related needs, UB may be able to offer access to appropriate housing in one of our residence halls or apartments.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

UB’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy provides detailed information about UB’s ongoing commitment to accessibility.

More information about university policies that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability is available from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Need Help?

University at Buffalo
60 Capen Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2608; Fax: (716) 645-3116