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High School Students Requiring Accommodations: How to Contact FITís Office of Student Disability Support Services

Students with disabilities add to the richness of diversity on campus. Access to learning and participating in events begin with you. FIT students requiring reasonable accommodations should contact the Office of Student Disability Support Services (Known as FIT-ABLE) as soon as you register for FITís Precollege classes.†

The office is located in Room A570, Fifth Floor.† Appointments are required.† Please call (212) 217-4090.† Emails are preferred.† . Documentation (IEP or 504 Plan, or a clinicians report) can be faxed in advance for review.† FAX:† 212-217-4091.

A message from the Office of Student Disability Support Services:
We are here to assist you. There are certain steps we need you to follow to ensure reasonable accommodations can be provided to you.

  • Meet with your counselor in high school asking they provide you with the most recent evaluations conducted related to your disability
  • Obtain a copy of your current IEP or 504 plan (note, in order to construct an IEP psychological and educational evaluations by the school psychologist were conducted). Please mark your IEP or other documents that you are a Precollege student.† This will only help us know you better and has no bearing on whether or not you will be able to participate in classes. We may not be able to provide you with every accommodation listed on your IEP, but depending upon the course you are taking and a discussion with you we will make a determination.
  • Discuss with your counselor and your family what accommodations you have been receiving in high school
  • Know what disability you have
  • If you are registered with ACCESS-VR† or New Jersey DVR work with your counselor at either one of those agencies who may be able to provide you with additional services
  • Reach out to us as soon as possible. Certain services such as sign language interpreters require some additional lead time, so the sooner we know you'll be registering the better!

Our office will also assist you to learn self-advocacy skills so that you can speak privately with your professors about your accommodations

When to Self-Disclose:
It is your responsibility to self-identify early so that your accommodations are handled in a reasonable time. Reasonable accommodations are not retroactive. This means you cannot tell an instructor halfway through the course that you should have had accommodations from the beginning so that your projects are complete better, or on time.

What is the difference†between high school and college? †In high school, everybody knew that you were in resource room or had special needs.† In college your disability information is confidential. Unlike high school, there is no resource room at college,†you will be working directly with Liz Mortensen. You and she will create a reasonable accommodation letter.†It will then be your responsibility to privately discuss your needs with your professor.

What does "privately" mean? You do not want other students to hear about your disability or your accommodations. At the end of class, if there are no other students around, ask the professor if you can meet with him/her. Do not simply hand†him/her your letter; you will need to engage in a discussion with the professor, like you did with Liz Mortensen. This may be difficult for you. If you, your family ,and your high school counselor talked with you about your IEP and about your disability, this will become easier for you.

No one at the college has the right to ask you what disability you have. If asked, you can calmly say "I have registered with the disability services office and can we please talk about the accommodations." Do not become irritated or engage in a confrontation. If this becomes a problem, you should ask the professor to contact Liz Mortensen immediately. We do not anticipate this being an issue.

Each student is expected to abide by the college's code of conduct. For more information please review STUDENT'S RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY. If the results of your disability affect participating in class please work with Liz Mortensen or Michele Nagel.

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