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Accessibility Services

1. Requesting Accommodations

To be eligible for accommodations, a student must:

The Dean of Students reviews documentation and determines eligibility for accommodations, in collaboration with the student, and in accordance with the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Documentation submitted should confirm and/or provide the following:

  • Statement including diagnosis (es), a description of the conditions’ impact on fulfilling the demands of higher education (academic, social, emotional, and physical functioning), and the accommodations recommended to promote accessibility. 
  • Evidence that the condition significantly impacts one or more major life activities, as determined by a medical, mental health, or educational professional who is licensed and qualified to diagnose, evaluate, and treat the condition.
  • Report and/or evaluation is recent enough to demonstrate an impact on current functioning or a documented history of receiving similar accommodation (within the previous 5 years)
  • A school plan, such as an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), 504 Plan, or Summary of Performance (SOP) can be submitted as documentation as long as the information provided addresses the impact of the condition and assists NYFA in determining a connection between the disability and the accommodation(s) requested. 

Submitted materials are stored in a locked filing cabinet in the Dean of Student’s office and are considered privileged communication.

To assist students in submitting the required documentation, students may access the Disability Documentation Form, and request the appropriate health care providers or specialists to complete sign and submit the form to the Dean of Students.

2 . Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations are modifications to a course, program, or school-sanctioned activity that does not fundamentally alter the course or program. Appropriate accommodations are determined through the individual intake appointment by reviewing documentation, engaging in interactive discussions with the student, and evaluating the essential requirements of a course or program. 

Please Note: New York Film Academy does not provide services of a personal nature such as attendance reminders, homework assistance, individual tutors and typing services.

While accommodations are determined on an individual basis, below are some examples of commonly approved accommodations.

  • Extended time for test taking
  • Flexibility with spelling or grammar errors
  • Materials in alternate format
  • Reduced distraction location for test taking
  • Reader for exams
  • Scribe for exams
  • Tape recording of lectures

For questions on how to request accommodations each semester as well as policies and procedures regarding specific accommodations, please contact the Dean of Students.

3. Receiving Approved Accommodations

At the conclusion of the evaluation process, the Dean of Students will present to students their individualized accommodation letters, noting with specificity their approved accommodations.

Students are required to set up appointments with each of their instructors to: deliver the accommodation letter; to discuss the nature of each recommended accommodation; and to decide the details regarding how those accommodations are to be delivered. 

Instructors and students are to contact the Dean of Students with questions or concerns regarding the implementation and delivery of approved accommodations.

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