Disability Services

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SIT Study Abroad has a team of trained Student Affairs duty officers available 24 hours a day to respond to potential threats to student safety and manage emergency situations. 

Call: 802.258.3212

SIT Disability Services facilitates an accessible educational experience abroad for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities of all kinds—including learning, physical, mental health, short-term, or other types of disabilities—are encouraged to contact Disability Services as early as possible for information and support at disabilityservices@sit.edu or 802.258.3390.

Please note that disability accommodations differ based on the learning environment. Therefore, students who have accommodations in place at their home institution may find that an accommodation is not necessary in the SIT Study Abroad context and others who do not have disability accommodations at their home institution may find they would benefit from an accommodation for their SIT program.  Disability accommodations from your home institution do not automatically transfer to SIT. SIT students should work with SIT Disability Services for any accommodations on SIT programs.

How to request accommodations
The first step in applying for accommodations is to contact Disability Services as soon as possible. At that time, we will:

  • review your accommodation needs;
  • review steps in the disability accommodation process;
  • discuss documentation guidelines; and
  • explain the role of Disability Services.

In order to review requests and formalize reasonable accommodations in a timely manner, please submit your Request for Accommodation Form and any supporting documentation to Disability Services as early as possible. Please note that academic accommodations are not retroactive.

Documentation
The amount and type of documentation required will depend on the individual situation and specific accommodation requests. Documentation submitted to Disability Services should be current and provided by a qualified professional. The documentation must be written on that professional’s letterhead, 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 your accommodation letter from your college/university disability office, if available.

What happens next?
The determination of reasonable accommodations is handled on a case-by-case basis and includes an interactive process between the student and Disability Services. Students should be aware that in-country conditions and resources vary significantly by site, and specific program locations may have limited accessibility. However, every effort is made to work collaboratively to facilitate an accommodation. Students who are eligible for disability accommodations will receive a written letter outlining their approved accommodation plan.

Confidentiality
Documentation records are confidential and maintained by Disability Services. 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.

As a student with SIT Study Abroad, you are ultimately responsible for your own learning, motivation, and success. Think of your relationship with Disability Services as a partnership, one that provides support but also encourages your own self-advocacy. We recommend that you consult with Disability Services as early as possible to discuss your disability, possible accommodations, and other assistance you may need. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions or concerns you may have.

Resources
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.