New Students

Information for Parents


SDS Parent’s Guide – What to Expect


Welcome to Ithaca College! Your son or daughter has been accepted and you have paid your deposit—within a week or so, you should get a letter from our office. The letter will direct students with disabilities to our website:



Please peruse this site and our information. The first step to registering with our office is to complete a Disability Identification Form.  If the student’s disability is related to special housing consideration, a Special Housing Request Form should also be completed. Both forms can be sent via email to: or faxed to: 607-274-3957.  At this time, a file for the student will be created. 


Housing: A Special Housing request form for non-dietary reasons should be sent to Student Disability Services with accompanying documentation. Approved requests will be forwarded to Residential Life. Keep in mind, if you have a special housing request, it should be submitted as early as possible—housing situations and options can be limited.  Please note that housing requests for dietary reasons are first handled by the Hammond Health Center (see process below).



Have your son or daughter examine information on the website for the following needs and make the proper contacts:


Bookstore Assistance                                                

Dietary Modifications Due to Disability                

Adaptive Technology                                                         

Housing Modification Request

Please send the proper documentation (as outlined in the guidelines) one month before a student’s arrival for the orientation session in which they registered,. The mailing address is:

Ithaca College

Student Disability Services

110 Towers Concourse

953 Danby Rd

Ithaca, NY 14850              

During orientation, the faculty advisor assigned to assist your student with his or her class registration will be informed of any issues on a “need-to-know-basis” regarding the student’s disability.



Upon arrival to campus in August, the student must phone for an appointment (607-274-1005) to set up accommodations for the semester.  At this point, SDS must have reviewed current, necessary documentation (as outlined in the guidelines) in order to process paperwork. The student’s schedule will be reviewed and if needed, Accommodation Plans will be set up and sent to professors.  An appointment at the beginning of every semester must be made with the student’s SDS counselor to set up accommodations.

Every attempt will be made to process Accommodation Plans and send to appropriate faculty within 72 hours of seeing an SDS Advisor.  Copies will also be sent to the student’s local address. 

If your student needs extended time and/or isolation for an exam/test, they MUST either phone (607-274-1005)  or come to the SDS Office at least three week days in advance of the test time.  We need to adhere to this time frame in order to request tests from professors, schedule proctors and secure testing space. We review the testing sign-up process with the student when meeting with them at the start of each semester.


Suggestions for family discussion:

As a young adult prepares for the transition to college, there are many questions and feelings about how accommodations are handled in this new environment.  As part of this transition process, we encourage families to talk together before the actual move to college.  Some areas of focus might include: the shift in roles for college students as they leave the high school environment, which methods of communicating work best for your family, as well as how a student’s strengths and challenges might impact choice and schedule of classes. The staff of SDS is available to answer questions or to discuss concerns related to academic and testing accommodations. 



We welcome the opportunity to be a resource to your student as well as to elicit your support in this significant transition. You have been advocating for your student since his/her diagnosis, and transition to college represents a change in some of these roles.  Recognizing that you have substantial knowledge regarding your student’s needs, we appreciate your sharing this important information with us.


Some helpful Internet resources:

To understand the differences between high school and college accommodations:

For some Frequently Asked Questions about the transition to college: