Sep 16, 2019  
Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 
Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Office of AccessABILITY (for Students with Disabilities)

1124 East Building

Office of AccessABILITY is committed to providing an accessible education to students with disabilities to equalize their chances for academic and personal success. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990(ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975, the office ensures the availability of a variety of accommodations and services for students with documented disabilities who are currently registered at Hunter College.

A student with disabilities may include anyone who 1) has a physical or psychological condition which substantially limits one or more major life activities (including walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working), 2) has a record of such impairment, or 3) is regarded as having such an impairment.

Disabilities include (but may not be limited to):

1. Medical and Psychological conditions, Learning disabilities, Deaf and hard of hearing, Visually impaired, Mobility impairment and other conditions that cause you to have mobility difficulties or result in your using a cane or wheelchair.

2. Assistance to students with temporary disabilities due to an accident or short-term health conditions. 

To be eligible for reasonable accommodations it is necessary for students to provide a written statement with supporting documentation of a disability from a “qualified professional.”

A “qualified professional” is someone with training and expertise relevant to the student’s condition(s), such as a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, or clinical social worker. The documentation should appear on the letterhead of the organization with whom the certifying professional is affiliated. The student must bring the documentation of their disability or medical condition to the intake appointment with the Office of AccessABILITY.

Under the management of the Office of AccessABILITY, the Access and Technology Center, located in Room 205 Thomas Hunter Hall, serves as a place for students to network, socialize, attend specialized workshops, club meetings and take exams. The Access & Technology Center offers adaptive technology and individualized computer training for students with disabilities. The adaptive technology is especially helpful to students who have learning disabilities, visual and hearing impairments.  For more information, or to set up an appointment to register with the program, please contact the Office of AccessABILITY (for Students with Disabilities) in Student Services, Room 1214 East Building or call (212) 772-4857; VP (646) 735-3129, Fax: (212) 650-3449.

The Section 504 Coordinator at Hunter College, Professor Jennifer Samson, is responsible for enforcement of the provisions of Section 504. She may be contacted in 915 Hunter West, (212) 772-4663. There is a 504 Grievance Procedure for students with disabilities at Hunter College. Students may obtain the necessary form, which contains instructions for filing, from the Office of Student Services in Room 1119 Hunter East. Students with disabilities at the School of Social Work may contact the director of admissions at (212) 396-7574 for assistance.

Office of AccessABILITY works closely with the Personal Counseling Center.