Student Life: Prospective Students
How to Request Accommodations
The first step in applying for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act is for the student with a disability to contact the Office of Disability Services (DS) for an initial consultation with the director. At this time, we will review the student’s accommodation needs; go over the steps in the accommodation process, including documentation guidelines; and explain the role of Disability Services. A student who wishes to request accommodations for a disability will be asked to complete the Request for Accommodations Form (PDF) and submit this to the DS director as soon as possible.
The determination of reasonable accommodations is handled on a case-by-case basis and includes an interactive process between the student and the Office of Disability Services. Students who are eligible for disability accommodations will receive a written letter outlining their approved accommodation plan.
The amount and type of documentation required will depend on the individual situation and specific accommodation requests. Disability documentation submitted to the DS office should be current and provided by a qualified professional. The documentation must be written on that professional’s letterhead, be personally signed by the evaluator, and include the following:
- Functional impact of the stated disability on one or more major life activities
- Specific diagnosis of the disability
- A comprehensive history of the disability and the use of accommodations, if applicable
- Specific evidence of the disability, including any diagnostic tests or other evaluations performed and results; clinical observations; and/or other relevant evidence of the disability
- Recommendations from the evaluator for accommodations, including academic adjustments or auxiliary aids
Please include a copy of the student’s accommodation letter from his/ her undergraduate disability office, if available.
A student’s documentation records are confidential and maintained in the DS office. However, appropriate information may be shared with designated SIT / World Learning staff, in accordance with federal and SIT / World Learning confidentiality policies, for the purpose of processing accommodation requests and facilitating approved disability accommodations.
Please send all inquiries and information to the address, fax, or email listed below:
SIT Disability Services
Attn: Jane Buckingham, Director
SIT Graduate Institute
1 Kipling Rd.
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Phone: 802 258-3367
Fax: 802 258-3252
800.336.1616 (toll free in US)
802.258.3510 (outside the US)
PO Box 676, 1 Kipling Road
Brattleboro, VT 05302 USA