Student Disability Services

Student Disability Services (SDS), located in the Center for Student Well Being, provides services to students with disabilities to ensure that all activities and programs on campus are accessible to them. Through partnerships with students, faculty, and staff, SDS promotes self-awareness, self-determination, and self-advocacy to encourage independence and enhance opportunities for student success. SDS supports students with different types of disabilities including sensory impairments, motor impairments, learning disabilities, cognitive disorders, psychological disorders, and chronic health issues. 

The SDS endeavors to create a campus environment where all students are viewed on the basis of ability rather than disability.

AUC implements a disability policy, governing academic accommodations for students with disabilities. The objective of this policy is to provide and guarantee reasonable accommodations that will enable qualifying students with disabilities to perform with other students.

To read more about AUC's disability policy, click here.

Academic Accommodations for Students New and Prospective Students Registered Students
Facilities and Services Parents and Caregivers Workshops

 

Academic Accomodations for Students

SDS facilitates reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are legally mandated forms of assistance or changes to environments that will enable a qualifying student to perform with other students despite having a disability.

Academic accommodations enable qualifying students with disabilities to perform as equals with other students. Students must register with SDS so staff can determine eligibility for accommodations. Academic accommodations include:

Classroom Accommodations:

Adjustments or modifications to the environment, curriculum presentation or equipment that allow students with disabilities to gain access to content. 

Assignment Accommodations:

Adjustments or modifications to the assignment format and presentation that allow students with disabilities to complete assigned tasks. 

Testing Accommodations:

Adjustments or modifications to tests or testing conditions that allow students with disabilities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a testing situation. 

To request academic accommodations, click here.

Support Services:

Additional support services are available to registered students with disabilities. Support services include:

Note Taking Services

Exam Readers and Scribes

Disability Buddies

Disability Assistant Peers

Private Testing Area

 

New and Prospective Students

Once you are admitted to AUC:

  1. Contact SDS to discuss your disability and needs
  2. Provide documentation for obtaining disability-related academic accommodations
  3. Complete paperwork during the initial appointment and register with SDS

To schedule an appointment with SDS, click here.

To download the disability eligibility form, click here.

To request academic accommodations, click here. 

Registered Students

Access Log in

Access by simplicity is SDS’s new web-based accessibility management system.

To log in to your access account, click here.

Complaint Procedures and Appeals

A student who believes that she/he has received inappropriate or inadequate services from SDS, an instructor, or other university personnel may petition the Dean of Students. The petition must be submitted in writing and must include all evidence that supports the student’s grievance. If the student is unable or prefers/chooses not to write a petition, the student should make an appointment with the Dean of Students. 

To request an appointment with the Dean of Students, click here.

 

Facilities and Services

Campus Accessibility

All campus areas, including the University Residences, are accessible by wheelchair. Club cars are also available for transport around campus with prior arrangement. 

Digital Accessibility

Digital accessibility refers to devices or products that are designed such that individuals with disabilities can successfully use them. AUC is prepared to equip computers with JAWS (Windows screen reading software), Kurzweil 3000 (text to speech learning for Windows or Mac), and Dragon Naturally Speaking (speech to text voice recognition software). 

Parking Accessibility and Transportation

Parking

AUC provides accessible, marked, reserved parking spaces in all parking lots, which are located close to entrances to the university. Only vehicles with issued disability parking permits may park in these reserved parking spaces on campus. 

Transportation

AUC’s department of transportation offers a wheelchair accessible vehicle with lower reservation rates to all AUC community members.

For more details, contact carpool@aucegypt.edu 

 

Parents and Caregivers

Families of AUC students are an important part of our University community and they play a key role in supporting students with disabilities. The SDS is available to students and their families to discuss their transition from high school to university with regard to the services offered by the SDS and AUC. 

Confidentiality

AUC observes all applicable laws (US Federal and Egyptian) with regard to protecting the confidentiality of medical information/information on disabilities. Except in cases of emergency, no member of the university community is entitled or authorized to access information about a student’s disability. Exceptions to this rule are staff members of the SDS, AUC Medical Services, the Dean of Students, the VP for Student Life, and the Provost.  

Parents and Caregivers’ Access to Educational Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects students’ educational records. Students may opt-out of FERPA by submitting a signed third-party waiver to allow authorized University officials to release their educational records to a third party. The form can be used for specific times and purposes, or have a multi-use effect. Students must sign the form to allow the release of educational and health records by SDS to parents and caregivers.

To schedule a meeting with SDS, click here

 

Workshops

The Center for Student Well-Being and SDS offers workshops throughout the year for the AUC community.

To view the workshops scheduled for 2019 - 2020, click here.

 

Contact Information

Contact Us 

sds@aucegypt.edu

02.2615.3918/83

Location

P001, Campus Center

AUC New Cairo

Office Hours

Sundays to Thursdays

8:30 am to 4:00 pm