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Spring Quarter 2021 Newsletter

The University is offering both in-person and remote classes this Spring Quarter. Disability access is as important in this hybrid environment as it is during more traditional quarters. Student Disability Services (SDS) wants to ensure that you are afforded full participation and equal access to this style of teaching and learning.

Welcome Morgan Severeid: Program Coordinator for Document Conversion

The SDS staff is pleased to welcome Morgan Severeid as our newest staff member. Morgan is handling requests for textbooks and course materials in accessible formats. Morgan got her start working in disability services as a student employee assisting with document conversion. She also has a background in theater arts. Morgan can be contacted at msevereid@uchicago.edu.

Contacting SDS

The SDS staff are available remotely to answer your questions about accommodations and access issues during Spring Quarter. Email questions to disabilities@uchicago.edu or call 773-702-6000.

You may also use the links below to set up an appointment with an SDS director:

Students may also schedule one-on-one sessions with Program Coordinators for note taking, communication access, documentation conversion, or exam  proctoring assistance. Please contact disabilities@uchicago.edu to schedule an appointment.

SDS Announcements

SDS posts updates and announcements from our office and campus partners throughout the year. If you would like to be notified of these announcements, please subscribe to our e-mail list to receive notifications.
You may also be interested in checking out the information on the Scholarships, Internships, and Job Opportunities page.

Smart Museum of Art’s Call for Proposals

The Smart Museum of Art is excited to announce a call for proposals for an upcoming symposium entitled The Lives & Afterlives of Objects! related to the Smart Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe, all undergraduate and graduate students at UChicago are invited to propose the presentation of papers on themes of material culture, life cycles, and the passage of time. The deadline to submit proposals is April 15, 2021.

Join Us for ADHD Awareness Week

Student Disability Services has planned two events for ADHD Awareness Week to address a variety of strategies to thrive with ADHD.

Mindfulness for Adult ADHD with Lidia Zylowska, MD

Tuesday, April 6, 5-6 p.m.

Register for Mindfulness for Adult ADHD

Earning a Degree with ADHD with Rick Green

Thursday, April 8, 5-6 p.m.

Register for Earning a Degree with ADHD

Register early to be eligible to win a giveaway!

Interpreting and captioning will be provided. However, if you require additional accommodations to participate fully, please contact disabilities@uchicago.edu to request accommodations.

SDS Director’s Interview on Accessibility and UDL

Charnessa Warren, Director of SDS, met with the Remote Humanities Department to discuss accessibility and universal design in learning (UDL). The full interview is available on the Remote Humanities website.

Charnessa Warren: Accessibility | Remote Humanities

Using Accommodations during Spring Quarter 2021

Instructors will utilize a variety of strategies, software, and technology in their courses during the Spring Quarter, such as Zoom, Slack, and Panopto. If this technology is new to you, the University has a wealth of information about online learning, available at courses.uchicago.edu/resources.

Please contact SDS immediately if you have a concern about access or how an accommodation will be implemented in your courses. SDS will work with you and your instructors to identify a solution.

Requesting Academic Accommodations

Alternative Formats of Course Materials

Students approved for alternative format course materials should submit requests as soon as possible. Learn more: Using Alternative Format Texts.

Please send any questions to text.sds@uchicago.edu.

Graduate/Professional Students

Accommodation implementation varies by academic division. Please consult with your disability liaison within your graduate/professional division, and follow the procedures to make arrangements for accommodations during Spring Quarter. Learn more: Using Academic Accommodations.

College Students

Remember to request accommodation letters for the Spring Quarter.

The procedures for notifying your instructors of your approved accommodations, using exam accommodations, and alternative format conversion requests are all outlined on our website. Please review these procedures carefully and contact SDS immediately if you have any questions.

Using Academic Accommodations

Using Exam Accommodations

Using Alternative Format Texts

Important AIM Reminders (College Students Only)

  • March 22, 2021: Students may start to send notification letters to instructors through the AIM Student Portal.
  • April 12, 2021: Students are encouraged to notify SDS if they would like assistance implementing a flexibility accommodation within the first two weeks of the quarter.
  • May 28, 2021: Last day to send notification letters to instructors for the Winter Quarter in preparation for finals.

We hope you have a successful quarter!

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