Mission and Policies

Mission

The mission of the Office of Collegewide Disability Services at Empire State College is to offer all students with disabilities an equal opportunity for success in their college experience by ensuring that reasonable accommodations are determined and implemented in an appropriate manner

Disability Policy

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)  provides that "... no otherwise qualified handicapped individual ... shall, solely by reason of his handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance (29 USC Sect. 706)." Regulations implementing section 504 and ADA establish standards for employment practice, accessibility of facilities and education programs with which institutions receiving federal funds must comply (34 CFR Part 104).

In accordance with these regulations, a qualified person with a disability who meets the academic and technical standards required to enroll in and participate in the Empire State College program shall be provided an equal opportunity to obtain a degree in the most integrated setting appropriate to that person’s needs. Empire State College will make reasonable accommodation to meet the needs of students with disabling conditions. Reasonable accommodation does not include academic adjustments that would fundamentally alter the nature, essential requirements or academic standards of the program.

If you have any questions related to the mission or policies of disability services, contact:

Kelly Hermann, director
or
Josh Martin, disability specialist
Office of Collegewide Disability Services
800-847-3000, x2201
NYS Relay Service 800-421-1220
Disability.Services@esc.edu