Student Disability Services

UMBC-Shady Grove works closely with the Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) on the UMBC main campus to provide disability support services for registered Shady Grove students. Services are provided for any student with a documented disability who qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, as amended) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, who requests and is eligible for accommodations based on the functional limitations and impact of their disability. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive and begin once a UMBC SDS Disability Specialist has approved a student for accommodations and the Semester Letter of Accommodations has been sent to the faculty member.

Visit the Student Disability Services website for information on the services available to students registered with SDS and procedural and resource information for students with disabilities.

Registering with SDS

Although students who have disabilities are not required to register with Student Disability Services (SDS), those who wish to use accommodations must be registered with SDS. This is done once, when you first request and are approved for accommodations.

Learn more about registering with Student Disability Services.

Requesting your approved accommodations every semester

UMBC SDS uses a secure online software application called Accommodate to track and deliver accommodations for students who completed the registration process. Each semester in which you are enrolled and wish to use your accommodations, you must submit a Semester Request in Accommodate. This gives SDS permission to send your Letter of Accommodations to the instructors for the courses you have that semester. A copy of that letter will also automatically go to you and to the Macklin Center for Leadership & Communication’s Disability Support Services (DSS) at USG. Read more about the instructions for submitting the Semester Request.

Scheduling accommodated testing at USG

Students at USG with testing accommodations will follow the procedures established by DSS for scheduling their tests. This means that you must have already submitted a Semester Request for the current semester (see above) before you can schedule your tests with DSS. Read more about the DSS test scheduling process.

SDS Virtual Office Hours

Please schedule a virtual appointment in Accommodate to meet with Cassie Kilroy Thompson, Disability Service Coordinator. Should you need to meet with Cassie outside of regular hours, please email her directly at
In addition, students may also visit to access virtual drop-in hours.
Please note that UMBC’s SDS Office does not provide vaccine exemptions based on disability.