Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services (DS) aims to facilitate an accessible educational experience for students with disabilities and to serve as a resource for all members of the academic community in furthering this goal. Students with disabilities, including learning, physical, or other types of disabilities, are encouraged to contact DS as early as possible for information and support.

How to Request Accommodations for a Disability

The first step in applying for accommodations for a disability is for the student to contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible prior to the start of the program. At this time we will review the student’s accommodation needs; go over the steps in the disability 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 should be aware that in-country conditions and resources do vary by site, and specific program locations may have limited accessibility. However, every effort is made to work collaboratively with qualified individuals to facilitate an accommodation. Students who are eligible for disability accommodations will receive a written letter outlining their approved accommodation plan.

Documentation Guidelines

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 college 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.

Students in Vietnam

Please send all inquiries and information to the address, fax, or email listed below:

SIT Disability Services
Attn: Jane Buckingham, Director
SIT Study Abroad
1 Kipling Rd.
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Email: disabilityservices@sit.edu
Phone: 802 258-3367
Fax: 802 258-3252

Learn more about disability and study abroad.
MIUSA (Mobility International USA) is a cross-disability organization serving those with cognitive, hearing, learning, mental health, physical, systemic, vision and other disabilities.  It offers numerous resources for persons with disabilities who wish to study abroad and/or engage in international development opportunities.