Quarterly Newsletter

Autumn Quarter 2022 Newsletter

Welcome New Students!

SDS would like to welcome all incoming students to UChicago, and we look forward to working with you during your time at the university.

Requesting Academic Accommodations

College Students Only: AIM Portal Procedures

Remember to request accommodation letters for the Autumn Quarter. Many accommodations must be scheduled through the online AIM Student Portal. The procedures for notifying your instructors of your approved accommodations, using exam accommodations, and alternative format conversion requests are all outlined on our website under Using Accommodations. Please review these procedures carefully and contact SDS immediately if you have any questions.

Graduate/Professional Students Only

Accommodation implementation varies by academic division. Graduate/Professional students have a different process than College students. Please consult with your disability liaison with your graduate/professional division, and follow the procedures to make arrangements for accommodations during Autumn Quarter. Contact information for your graduate and professional disability liaisons is available on the Disability Liaisons webpage

Using Exam Accommodations for Autumn 2022

Using Exam Accommodations: Students should review their course syllabi for the exam modalities that will be used in the course and should also review the information available on our website detailing how to use exam accommodations this quarter.

Transportation Assistance for Autumn Quarter

Dial-A-Ride a point-to-point shuttle service for students with temporary and long-term conditions that affect mobility. The service provides rides to and from classes and medical appointments at the University of Chicago Medicine complex. Rides must be scheduled at least three business days in advance.

Videos to Help You Succeed

For more information on how to access SDS services and other helpful tips to aid you on your academic journey, check out the videos linked below!

Introduction to Student Disability Services

Using Academic Accommodations

Requesting Alternative Format Texts

The Top 5 Things You Should Know as a Graduate/Professional Student


You’re Invited!

Students seeking information on disability accommodations may meet with an SDS Director from Student Disability Services during drop-in hours held during O-Week and Welcome Week.

Drop-In Hours Dates and Times:

  • (In-Person) Thursday, September 22nd, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM at 5501 South Ellis Avenue
  • (In-Person) Friday, September 23rd, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM at 5501 South Ellis Avenue
  • (Remote via Zoom) Tuesday, September 27th, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
  • (Remote via Zoom) Wednesday, September 28th, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
  • (Remote via Zoom) Thursday, September 29th, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
  • (Remote via Zoom) Friday, September 30th, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

If students are unable to drop in during the drop-in hours, they may arrange an appointment by contacting Student Disability Services at 773-702-6000 or disabilities@uchicago.edu.

Document Accessibility Two-Part Workshop

This workshop introduces skills that you can use to create and convert documents that can be easily navigated and read by a wide range of users, including users who have visual, auditory, motor, or cognitive disabilities.
Join SDS and Academic Technology for a 2-hour workshop on document accessibility.

  • First hour: How to use automated document conversion for your course readings.
  • Second hour: How to create accessible documents using Microsoft Word.

You may register for one or both hours. Participants should bring their own computer. Registration is required due to limited seating. Use this link to register for the Document Accessibility Workshop.

Workshop Date and Time: Monday, September 26th, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
Workshop Location: Campus North Residential Commons, Room 154

If you have any questions about access or to request any reasonable accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in this event such as ASL interpreting, captioning, or electronic text, etc. please contact Morgan Severeid by email at msevereid@uchicago.edu or call Student Disability Services at 773-702-6000.

Director Dialogues

You are cordially invited to meet quarterly with the SDS Director, Charnessa Warren. Each quarter, Director Warren will host an informal, one hour session for students to bring forward any questions, concerns or ideas they would like to discuss. Subscribe to receive SDS Announcements and to be notified for upcoming dates and times.

Staff Announcements

Taylor Allnutt – Assistant Director

The SDS staff is pleased to have Taylor Allnutt as the newest member of the Director’s team. Taylor will work with students as they apply for accommodations. Welcome, Taylor!

Sandra Fernandez – Assistant Director

After seven years in the SDS office, from a student proctor to facilitating note-taking and testing accommodations, Sandra will now work with students through the accommodations application process as she joins the Director’s team. Congratulations on being promoted, Sandra!

Beth Moy – Access Coordinator for Notetaking and Communications

Beth joined SDS in the Summer of 2022. They will coordinate requests for notetaking accommodations and communications such as captioning or sign language interpreting. Beth has a passion for supporting students and for pointing out cute dogs on the street.

Contacting SDS

The SDS staff are available to answer both in-person and remotely via Zoom or telephone. For questions about accommodations or access matters, you may email questions to disabilities@uchicago.edu or call 773-702-6000.

To set up an appointment with an SDS Director:

To set up an appointment or ask questions of a SDS Access Coordinator:

We Hope You Have a Great Autumn Quarter!

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