Prospective Students

Get Connected with Our Office

We are thrilled you are interested in attending UMD and learning more about Disability Resources! Do you have questions about how to work with our office, the accommodation process or the types of accommodations we provide? Our office is ready to connect with you and to answer your questions!

Are you planning a campus tour, visiting on your own, or interested in chatting on the phone or over Zoom? If so, we have you covered. 

If you would like to meet with someone from our office please fill out the Prospective Student Visit Form at least 2 weeks before your campus visit or desired meeting date. We will connect you with our Disability Support Coordinator for a 45-60 minute meeting to answer your questions and to discuss our accommodations process with you.  

Common Accommodations Available 

Listed below are the most commonly requested accommodations.
Specific barriers to academic inclusion are discussed with students,
and other accommodations may be provided on a case-by-case basis.

  • Exam/quiz accommodations: extended time or quiet environment
  • Reading accommodations: audio books, e-text, text to speech software
  • Note taking accommodations
  • Classroom accommodations
  • Interpreting
  • Accessible Technology
  • Housing & Dining accommodations

Admission Requirements

All students must meet UMD’s admission standards. If you have special circumstances, including the impact of disability on your education that you would like us to consider, please submit a letter with your application explaining what you would like us to know. Your application will be reviewed by both our office and Admissions staff.

Accommodation vs. Modification: Shifting from High School Disability Supports to College Disability Services

What are the differences between high school and college?

 High school                                           College

The case manager and or parent act as the student’s advocate.The student is their own advocate.
(IDEA) Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act(ADA)  Americans with Disabilities Act / 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Accommodations and modifications are communicated to the teachers by the case manager.Students must request accommodations and provide professional documentation.  
Services are delivered to the student.Students must request accommodations at the college’s disability services office.
The school informs the parents of the student’s progress.The school cannot communicate with the parents without the student’s permission.
There are regular meetings to discuss the student’s progress.Students are responsible to monitor their own progress and seek assistance as needed.
Services may include individually designed instruction, curriculum modifications, and accommodations based upon the IEP.Only reasonable accommodations are available based on professional documentation.
Teachers approach you if they believe you need assistance.Professors are usually open and helpful but most expect you to initiate contact if you need assistance.
IEP/504 Plans are implemented and followed.IEP/504 plans expire when you go to college.