Disability Resources assists in creating an accessible campus environment at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) where students with disabilities have equal access to educational programs and the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of campus life. Through partnerships with students, faculty and staff members, Disability Resources works to promote students' independence, self-advocacy, and development and ensures that students are recognized for their abilities—not their disabilities.
- Disability Law and Academic Accommodations for Accessibility
Disability Laws as they apply to Private Higher Education Institutions
Higher education institutions adhere to different disability laws than high schools. At the college level, accommodations are only provided when the student has self-identified as having a functional impairment that substantially limits major life functioning. Students attending high school are protected by IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) which allows schools to make curricular changes for students with disabilities. At the college level, all students with disabilities must be “otherwise qualified”; therefore, they are required to meet the academic and technical skills for their respective program. It is important that all students understand that SVA will not modify exams or curriculum, and standards for grading are determined by the instructor. The American's with Disabilities Act and Amendments govern the decisions pertaining to accommodations for disabilities at the SVA.
For more information on the transition process from high school to college, please refer to the document, Making the Transition, which you can download on the right hand side of this page.
Reasonable Academic Accommodations
Disabilities vary on how they impact a person’s major life functions. Due to the varying differences in disabilities, ODS can only provide academic accommodations based on the history of the disability, reported limitations, and/or respective documentation from a qualified professional. There must always be a correlation between the impact of the disability and the requested accommodation. Accommodations are adjustments, changes or alterations to a program, service, activity or policy, in order to permit equal access.
Please note: personal services such as: content specific tutoring, personal aides, or assistance in bathing, grooming, food preparation, housekeeping, and assistance ambulating are not deemed reasonable accommodations. Additionally, individually prescribed devices, such as hearing aids, glasses, braces, wheelchairs, and other mobility devices are to be purchased by the student.
Once students have completed the registration process, they are responsible for working collaboratively with ODS in coordinating their accommodations (i.e., delivering the Accommodation Verification Letter to instructors, submitting forms for exam accommodations, etc.). For more information on accommodation policies, procedures, and forms, please refer to my.sva.edu/departments/disability services.
- New Students Registering with Disability Resources
Students who wish to receive accommodations at the School of Visual Arts must register with Disability Resources by completing the New Student Registration form below.
Please also download the following documents from the right side menu of our homepage.
How to Get Accommodations at SVA
Authorization for Release of Information (only complete this form if you want Disability Resources staff to contact the professional who is providing verification of your disability)
- Returning Students
Students must contact Disability Resources EVERY Semester they wish to receive accommodations.
Below is a video showing students how to renew their accommodations.
Students can renew their accommodations via the MyAccommodate link located under "Quick Links" on MySVA.
Students must obtain updated accommodation letters each semester by submitting a Semester Request via MyAccommodate. Updated accommodation letters must be given by to student to their instructors at the beginning of each semester. Photo copies of previous accommodation letters are insufficient. SVA faculty are not required to provide a student with accommodations unless the student has provided an appropriately dated accommodation letter.
Updated accommodation letters may be picked up at ODS two business days after you submit your Semester Request. You may pick up your letters from our Office Assistant any time Monday - Friday between the hours of 9am-5pm.
If you would like to make changes to your letter or want to speak with Disability Resources staff, please stop in to the office to meet with a staff member.
To request an appointment please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Scheduling Exam Accommodations
Students must schedule exams with Disability Resources to receive exam accommodations. Students who choose to take exams in-class will not be able to receive their full exam accommodations.
All exams must be scheduled with Disability Resources at least 7 business days prior to the in-class exam dates. Late requests will be considered on a case by case basis.
To schedule exams with Disability Resources (These instructions are also available at www.sva.edu/ under Arranging Exam Accommodations).
- Log in to my.sva.edu
- Make sure the students tab is selected from the upper left
- Select My Accommodate from the Quick links menu on the right
- Login to My Accommodate with your SVA credentials (do not include @sva.edu)
- Select Testing Room in the upper middle
- Click on New Booking Request in the bottom left
- Select the course the exam is in
- Make sure the date range includes the date of your test, adjust if necessary.
- Click on Refine Results on the bottom left
- Select the date and time of your exam on the right
- Please note, we do not give exams after 5pm, if your class starts at 6pm or later, please select a 12pm time slot.
- Complete the Exam Request Form
- Select 90 minutes for quizzes and 270 minutes for exams (We will follow up with your instructor on the exact length of the exam or quiz)
- Click Submit Request
- You will receive an email when your request has been submitted and another email when your exam time has been approved. (Disability Resources and the Instructor have the final say on when exams and quizzes are administered).
- Students must provide their instructors with a copy of their accommodation letter
- Students must complete an exam request form at least 7 business days prior to the exam date. Late requests will be considered on a case by case basis.
- Students must arrive on time to the scheduled exam. Students who are more than 15 minutes late may not be allowed to take the exam and will need to contact their instructor.
- Students must surrender their cell phones and other communication devices to Disability Resources’ staff during testing.
- Students must adhere to SVA’s policies regarding academic integrity. This policy is found in the SVA Student Handbook.
- Residential Accommodations
Residential Accommodation Requests
In accordance with applicable local, state, and federal disability laws the School of Visual Arts will provide reasonable residential accommodations to individuals who have a disability.
A disability defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act includes anyone who has a qualifying physical or psychological impairment and/or a record of such an impairment, or is regarded has having such an impairment.
Accommodations for housing are determined on a case-by-case basis and are subject to availability. Students are encouraged to inform the college of their accommodation needs as early as possible in the residential assignment process.
In order to request residential accommodations, students must be eligible for housing and must meet all of the applicable housing deposit and deadline regulations. A request for residential accommodations must be submitted by:
2017 Summer – Requests must be made by April 17, 2017
2017-2018 Academic Year – Requests must be made by June 1, 2017
Requests for residential accommodations received after these dates will be reviewed and considered but are not guaranteed.
- Single Room – shared bathroom
- Physical Modifications – wheelchair accessibility, modifications for hearing impaired or Deaf students, temporary modifications to accommodate an injury
- Furniture – SVA provides furniture that meets specific fire and safety criteria. Students must demonstrate an accommodation need for non-college provided furniture.
Please note the following:
- Roommate requests are not accommodations.
Accommodation Request Process
Students must register with the office of disability services by completing an online registration form located at: sva.edu/disabilityservices under “Registering with the Office of Disability Services”
All residential accommodation requests require documentation from a licensed healthcare provider.
- Documentation must describe the student’s disability and must show support for the accommodation request as it relates to the disability.
- Documentation must be detailed and specific.
- Documentation must be recent (within the last year of applying for housing)
- Documentation must establish a direct link between the limitations due to disability and the accommodation being requested.
- Handwritten patient records or notes from patient charts are not acceptable documentation
- Diagnoses written on prescription pads are not acceptable documentation
The Office of Disability Resources will review each residential accommodation request on an individual basis and will make a determination. Disability Resources Staff will work with Residence Life to implement the accommodations. Accommodation decisions will be communicated to the student by Disability Resources. Housing assignments will be communicated to the student by the Office of Residence Life.
- Services Provided
Disability Resources provides the following services and resources:
Accommodation Determination Decisions
Arrangement of Accommodations
Weekly or Bi-weekly individual counseling/coaching on issues pertaining to: adjusting to college life, academics, adjusting to disability, stress management, time-management, anxiety management, study skills, communication skills, self-advocacy skills, and socialization skills.
Drop-in Counseling or Crisis Intervention
Exam Proctoring/Distraction Reduced Testing Environment
Arrangement of ASL interpreting or CART services
Captioning Services (in collaboration with the Office of Learning Technology)
Consultation with Faculty/Staff
- Contact Us
Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Summer Business Hours (June - August):
Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday - 9:00am-4:00pm
340 East 24th Street, 1st Floor, New York, NY 10010
School of Visual Arts
Office of Disability Services
209 East 23 Street
New York, NY 10010
Caryn Leonard-Wilde, MS.Ed., CRC., MHC-LP, Associate Director of Disability Resources
Dan Stokes, MS.Ed., CRC., Coordinator of Disability Resources