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Disability Support Services

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La Plata Campus
Glennis Daniels-Bacchus
Phone: 301-934-7614
Fax: 301-539-7696
godaniels-bacchus@csmd.edu


Leonardtown Campus
Megan Rabie
Phone: 240-725-5420
mkrabie@csmd.edu


Prince Frederick Campus
Renata Zgorski
Phone: 443-550-6009
Fax: 443-550-6100
rbzgorski@csmd.edu

CSM Student Jamie Cusick meets with an disability services coordinator

Welcome!

Disability Support Services (DSS) is dedicated to helping students with disabilities reach their personal, academic, and career goals. We strive to help remove barriers that limit opportunities, and provide equal access to everything that the College of Southern Maryland has to offer.

Here at DSS, we spend a lot of time working one-on-one with students. We provide support in all aspects of college life. We are available to help all otherwise qualified students level the playing field inside and outside of the classroom, with a variety of services including assistive technology, classroom aids like interpreters and notetakers, and help with strategies for dealing with everyday issues in college.

We know from years of experience that having a disability does not mean you cannot follow your dreams. Through hard work and a little help from us, we are sure that you can have the same opportunity to succeed in college and beyond. We are excited to help you on your journey at the College of Southern Maryland!

The Role of Disability Support Services

  • Provide reasonable accommodations to qualified students based on documented disabilities
  • Maintain and protect the confidentiality of student records as required by law
  • Assist the entire College community to understand the ADA and the enhancement to diversity that students with disabilities provide
  • Provide training for and use of assistive technology
  • Act as a liaison to external agencies, such as Division of Rehabilitative Services (DORS) and local schools

Ready to Get Started?

Apply Now for Services

The College of Southern Maryland and Disability Support Services are committed to providing academic accommodations to individuals with disabilities, and strive to help them become full participants in the College's programs, services, and activities in compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all other state laws.


Q&A for Disability Support Services during Remote Operations

Can I still receive services?

Yes, you can. The DSS staff can complete the intake process online and provide accommodations to new students and students who have previously received accommodations.

If you are a current student who has received accommodations previously from Disability Support Services at CSM, please complete the Request for Accommodations form and identify yourself as a returning student.

New students should visit the DSS website for guidance on the procedures to request accommodations. New students can also contact the Disability Support Services staff member at their campus for more information.

La Plata Campus
Glennis Daniels-Bacchus
godaniels-bacchus@csmd.edu
301-934-7614

Prince Frederick Campus
Renata Zgorski
rbzgorski@csmd.edu
443-550-6009

Leonardtown Campus
Megan Rabie
mkrabie@csmd.edu
240-725-5420

What about documentation?

Documentation is required to determine your disability. Documentation guidelines can be found on the DSS website. However, given the impact of COVID-19, we will work with you to determine what can be used as documentation until additional information can be obtained.

What services can the DSS office provide to students?

The DSS office will provide appropriate accommodations based on a student’s disability and documentation. Examples of accommodations that a student may be eligible for include extended time or textbooks in an alternate format. DSS staff will collaborate with the student and faculty to ensure that accommodations are being met.

Is the Disability Support Services office still holding regular appointments?

The DSS staff is currently teleworking and is available Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Fridays from 8:30am to 4:30pm. You can send an email to schedule an online appointment. We are also retrieving voicemails daily during our work schedule.

How do I apply for accommodations?

If you are a current CSM student requesting accommodations for the current semester, please complete the Request for Accommodations form and email it to the DSS staff.  A staff member will set up an appointment with you to review the information and address your accommodations needs.

Will there still be ESTA Group Meetings?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended ESTA while we determine how to move forward. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact a DSS staff member.

How do I access assistive technology?

Some assistive technology is still available to you, including Kurzweil 3000/Firefly. We can also assist you in identifying free apps that you can use on your phone or tablet such as EvernotePhotoMath, or Brightspace Pulse. If you are interested Kurzweil/Firefly, please contact your DSS staff member.

Whom should I contact if my accommodations are not being met?

If you have contacted your professor but did not get a resolution, please contact the Disability Support Services office.

I’ve found an inaccessible site/link/homework. How do I report it?

Please let your instructor know right away. If the issue is not resolved, please contact your DSS staff member.

I can’t access my course or get my Zoom/myLearning to work. What should I do?

Let your instructor know immediately. If you are unable to contact your instructor, please contact the DSS office. You may also contact the IT Help Desk at help@csmd.edu for additional assistance if needed.

Where should I go to look for updates?

You will be able to find the most current information on the CSM Ready website. You may also visit the CSM student resource page

I need information in large print. How do I enlarge the font?

If you need classroom material in larger font (such as tests or handouts) and you are unable to use the magnifier on your computer, let your professor know. For technical assistance, you can reach out to the IT Help Desk. If you are still experiencing issues, you can contact your DSS Coordinator.

What do I do if I’m experiencing anxiety or stress or experiencing personal issues?

As a student, you can contact CSM Counseling Center. They are providing both individual and group sessions via a telehealth model using Zoom. 

How do I make sure that my professor knows I receive extended time for tests and quizzes?

In the transition to an online format for courses, you may need to remind your faculty that you receive extended time for tests and quizzes.  If you have any concerns, please contact your DSS Coordinator.

I need my book in alternate format. Whom should I contact?

To request text in an alternate format, please contact the DSS office. You will need to complete the form for Requesting Alternate text. If your textbook has been included in the costs of your class, please let us know.

My class is meeting on Zoom, but I need extra time to respond or type in the chat box. How do I do that?

Please let the faculty know that due to your disability you will need extra time to respond either verbally or by typing.

What should I do if the faculty is using Zoom and I am deaf or hard of hearing?

If you are unable to hear and fully participate in the Zoom sessions, you should let your professor know immediately. Please contact your DSS Coordinator as soon as possible.

How do I access tutoring?

Tutoring is currently being offered in an online format. For the most up to date information, please visit the CSM Tutoring website.

I am taking a Continuing Education class and I have a disability. Can I receive services?

Yes. All CSM students participating in credit or non-credit (Continuing Education) courses are eligible for services. The DSS staff can complete the intake process online and provide accommodations to new students and to students who have previously received accommodations.

If you are a current student that has previously received accommodations from Disability Support Services at CSM, please complete the Request for Accommodations form and identify yourself as a returning student.

New students should visit the DSS website for guidance on the procedures to request accommodations. New students can also contact the Disability Support Services staff member at their campus for more information.

I am a student at another college where I receive services for my disability. Can I receive services at CSM?

Yes, you can. The DSS staff can complete the intake process online and provide accommodations to new students and students who have previously received accommodations.

New students should visit the DSS website for guidance on the procedures to request accommodations. New students can also contact the Disability Support Services staff member at their campus for more information.

I am a veteran with a disability. Am I eligible for accommodations?

Yes, you are. The DSS staff can complete the intake process online and provide accommodations to new students and students who have previously received accommodations.

New students should visit the DSS website for guidance on the procedures to request accommodations. New students can also contact the Disability Support Services staff member at their campus for more information.

You can also find more information on Veterans with Disabilities on our website.

What should I do if I don’t see my question listed, but am still having difficulty?

Please contact the DSS team with any additional concerns.