Getting Started with Student Accessibility Services

Welcome to Student Accessibility Services at UVM!

As a student with a diagnosis/condition that may be considered disabling, using accommodations and services at SAS could be a resource that helps break down barriers and insures equal access.  In order to be eligible for academic services through SAS, students should provide documentation about their disability and meet with a staff person to discuss their disability and their accommodations.  On the basis of documentation and the interview, SAS determines whether students have disabilities and which accommodations are appropriate.

We encourage students who think they may qualify for services to make an appointment with SAS. Students should bring whatever documentation they have about their disabilities to their first appointment; however, it is best if students send the documentation in prior to the appointment so the SAS staff person is prepared for the meeting. If students do not have documentation, but think they may qualify, they should still make an appointment with SAS. SAS can direct students on what types of documentation would help us determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

Reasons to meet with SAS

  • Assess effectiveness of previously used services/accommodations
  • Make informed decisions about useful, reasonable, and appropriate services/accommodations to courses, programs, activities and/or environments
  • Formulate an accommodation plan to discuss with Professors
  • Provide training and education about a student’s rights and responsibilities when using accommodations in a variety of settings at UVM and future educational or career opportunities

Types of Meetings

  • Preadmission – Prior to applying for or accepting admission to UVM
    • Information around SAS’ process and eligibility.
  • Orientation – Post-enrollment and seeking services/accommodations at UVM
    • Information around SAS’ process, eligibility, an introduction to our program and what it means to work with SAS
  • Introductory Meeting & Ongoing/Regular – Current UVM, SAS eligible students
    • Information, education, training and application of ongoing rights and responsibilities. Additionally, instruction on use of systems, importance of networking with resources and self-determination.
  • Informational Session – Current UVM students
    • Information for students, parents, staff, parents, faculty, on/off campus partners, etc. This type of meeting provides information about how to become eligible for services if not previously diagnosed and/or general questions/concerns about SAS processes prior to becoming engaged with our program.

PLEASE NOTE: SAS is committed to providing timely and effective information to any/all parties. If having a (video)phone meeting versus an in-person meeting is helpful to share  necessary information and/or create accessibility in our interaction, we are happy to work with you in this manner.

Contact Us

  • Drop into SAS at A170 Living Learning Center between 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
  • Call SAS at 802-656-7753
  • Email us at access@uvm.edu