Welcome to the Office of Disability Services! Registration with our office is open to any Barnard student living with a disability, be it temporary or permanent, visible or invisible. Disabilities include, but are not limited to, vision impairments, hearing loss/deafness, mobility impairments, chronic illnesses, learning disabilities/ADD, psychiatric disabilities, and substance abuse/recovery.
ODS provides a wide variety of individualized support services for registered students (examples may include assistance in obtaining specialized equipment, test accommodations, academic coaching, etc.), as well as working with various campus constitutencies regarding access for individuals with disabilities.
If you are a Barnard student with a disability, we encourage you to register with us, even if you are not sure whether you'll need accommodations. Registration with ODS is confidential, and can serve as a type of "insurance policy" for you in the event of a flare-up or other disability-related need.
How to Register
To register with ODS, you will need to complete the following steps:
- Fill out a new student application. This brief application will allow you to give us some insight on your needs here at Barnard.
- Submit documentation from your medical provider.
- Schedule an intake appointment with an ODS staff member. Once at your appointment, an ODS staff member will spend some time chatting with you in order to get to know you and your needs. ODS staff will explain ODS policies and procedures for accessing accommodations, complete an intake packet with you, and create a reasonable accommodation plan for you. Please contact our office either by email at ODS@barnard.edu or by phone at 212.854.4634 to schedule an appointment.
Information about Accommodation Plans
Please note that accommodation plans are not intended to be retroactive, so we can only set up accommodations for your classes or exams after you have your intake meeting with us. It is important to register with ODS early in the semester to use your accommodations for all your coursework.
Students may register throughout the Spring 2019 semester, however, no intake meetings are conducted during midterm exams, final exams, or the last two weeks of the semester unless a student has a brand new diagnosis that was just found out in the last two weeks of the semester. It's imperative that ODS has at least two weeks prior to final exams to get accommodations set up for students, so we'd be happy to meet with new students for accommodations for the following semester after final exams end.
Please contact us at ODS@barnard.edu if you have any questions. We look forward to working with you!