Student Disability Services
Student Disability Services
PLEASE READ IMPORTANT UPDATE!
Effective June 1, 2020 SDS is using a new system called Accommodate.
For students currently registered with SDS:
Students currently using the AIM system should contact SDS for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about using the new Accommodate system will be available soon. Please check your JHU email for important updates.
For incoming students OR first-time SDS registration:
To begin the registration process with Student Disability Services and to establish eligibility for disability related accommodations and services, please complete and submit the SDS Online Registration Form and upload supporting documentation. Once your form and documentation are received, the next step in the process will be to call the office, 410-516-4720 to request an initial appointment with an SDS professional staff member to discuss your needs and potential accommodations. If you have any difficulty providing documentation or need more information about any aspect of the process, contact email@example.com.
As of 3/16/20, all Student Disability Services (SDS, DSS or DS) offices will be operating during usual business hours and some will be moving to fully remote operations. Please review all pertinent details below and watch for emails/check local disability services websites for your school for more specific timelines and updates.
SDS Homewood Office (hours, staffing and appointments)
- Student Disability Services (SDS) Homewood will be moving to fully remote operations as of Tuesday 3/17/20.
- Starting immediately, the best way to reach SDS Homewood will be by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- On Monday, 3/16, the SDS office phone 410-516-4720 will be answered from 8:30 am to 5 pm.
- Starting Tuesday, 3/17 the SDS phone will be taking messages and staff will be checking it on the hour during business hours from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
- Appointments will be available by Zoom or phone and can be scheduled during business hours.
- Even if you remain on campus, we encourage you to start using remote options for contact on Monday.
- If an urgent need arises that may require direct interaction with the SDS Homewood office, please contact the office by both email and phone. A staff member will be available to come in to the office if the resolution of your concern cannot be done remotely.
Disability accommodations and services (for schools moving to remote classes)
- SDS is continuing to work with students already registered to ensure that the transition to remote classes will be effective. This process will involve many changes in a short amount of time and there are some things you can do to make sure your needs are addressed:
- Reach out to your faculty members to learn about how your courses will be delivered as well as how accommodations will work; faculty may elect to use different delivery methods and formats so it will be important to know these details as soon as possible.
- Some accommodations may not be delivered in the same way in a remote setting, and it will be important to contact your faculty to get guidance from them about how things will work for a given course.
- Contact SDS with any questions or concerns as soon as possible. SDS is available to support you and your faculty with this transition.
- For those whose classes resume remotely on 3/23/20, this coming week will be a good time to touch base so there is time to address things before next Monday.
- SDS has been collaborating with instructional design staff in providing guidance around accommodations to those assisting with setting up the remote courses as well as to all faculty who currently have students using accommodations.
- With the move to remote course delivery, there may be a learning curve for new technologies as well as potential new challenges in delivering accommodations; please reach out to SDS to talk things through, report problems and let us know if you need additional accommodations or support.
New accommodation requests
Students may discover that accommodations are needed for the first time due to the change to remote classes. Please contact the SDS coordinator for your school to get started with the SDS registration process. Many aspects of the process are already online and meetings to discuss your needs, explain how things work, and finalize accommodations will happen remotely.
Students remaining in the residence halls on campus (Homewood and Peabody)
- Please let SDS know you are here so that we can continue to communicate with you about any updates or changes that may impact you in a particular way.
- SDS services will be delivered remotely including exam accommodations for all remote classes; this is to reduce contact and also provide consistency in the way we deliver accommodations.
- If you need additional support during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out so that SDS can assist you in sorting out any disability related concerns and connecting to appropriate local resources.
You can also find resources and updated information on the university’s operations and response on our Hub COVID-19 information page.
We wish you all the best in the coming weeks!
– Student Disability Services (SDS) Staff
The office of Student Disability Services advises Johns Hopkins students with disabilities on available services, guides you as you register for and request accommodations and assistive technology, acts as a liaison with your instructors, and provides advice and mentoring throughout your matriculation. We work with the university’s central ADA Compliance Officer and comply with federal, state, and local disability regulations throughout our process.
Our office serves full-time graduate and undergraduate students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering, visiting college students in the JHU Summer Programs, and visiting high school students in summer programs sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Engineering.
News & Announcements
Student Disability Services Webinar Recording
In this webinar, presented to Johns Hopkins parents and family members in fall 2019, SDS staff discuss the importance of student’s self-identification, types of visible and invisible disabilities, accommodations available to students, and the documentation guidelines required to request services. Watch the webinar.
Research on student-run mental health clubs
A new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry confirms that student-run mental health clubs in American college campuses are on the rise. The research speaks of the positive role these clubs play in increasing awareness of mental health issues and reducing stigma. Read the full contribution on the Washington Post.
A discourse on disability
Graduating senior Emily Dorffer is a Writing Seminars and English major. Emily has cerebral palsy and she has compiled and edited an anthology of short stories by and about people with disabilities.
The anthology aims to help others better understand the challenges of being disabled and to urge people with disabilities to recognize, use, and embrace their distinct voices
21 from Hopkins receive Fulbright grants
Awards from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program support students as they study, conduct research, and teach in foreign countries
International effort delivers PPE to health system
A network of Hopkins faculty, students, and parents coordinate a shipment of masks and face shields from China to Baltimore to help health care workers respond to COVID-19