Student Access

The Student Access Center provides a range of support services to assist qualified students with disabilities equal access to their education and SUNY Erie’s programs and activities.

Students with disabilities must meet the same admission standards as students without disabilities. You must have a NYS Regents diploma, local diploma or a high-school equivalency diploma in order to enter college.

Disability is not part of the admissions process and documentation of disability should not be sent to Admissions.  Unlike the K-12 setting, disclosure of a disability is completely confidential and the responsibility of the student. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact a Student Access Counselor to disclose disabilities and discuss accommodations. Students will be provided accommodation forms to submit to faculty. and not confidential medical and/or educational records

Accommodations and services are NOT automatic and must be requested and reviewed each semester during a meeting with the Student Access Counselor.

Requesting Accommodations

1. Meet with a Student Access Center Counselor

  • Schedule an appointment at the campus you plan to attend.
  • Students requesting accommodations are required to self-identify.
  • Students must meet with their Counselor each semester accommodations are requested.
  • Jenny Brodfuehrer:, 716-851-1495
  • Denise Hurst:, 716-851-1189
  • Jennifer Morrison:, 716-851-1460

2. Submit Documentation of Disability to Student Access Center only

  • Documentation must support requested accommodations.
  • Documentation of disability and student interview are the basis of determining reasonable accommodations.
  • The college does not provide evaluation of disability. Please contact the Counselor for student with disabilities if referral for evaluation is needed.

3. Obtain Accommodation Forms from the Counselor

  • Accommodation forms are how students notify faculty of the need for accommodations.
  • Separate Forms are required for each faculty member and each semester accommodations are being requested.
  • Accommodations are made on an individual, course by course, and case by case basis.
  • Accommodations needed and provided may vary by semester and by course.

4. Submit Accommodation Forms to Instructors

  • Students are responsible to notify faculty each semester of the need for accommodations.
  • Counselors and other college staff do not notify faculty of the need for accommodations.
  • Documentation of disability remains confidential with the Student Access Center. Disability is disclosed only with an educational need to know.

Available Services and Accommodations

  • Classroom Assistance: class notes, sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, alternate seating
  • Assistive Technology: including Jaws, Livescribe smart pens, Dragon Naturally Speak, Zoomtext, Word Q, S.A.R. A., and Read and Write Gold 
  • Individualized Assistance: including training with assistive technology, advocacy skills, and tutorial services
  • Skills/Computer Lab: tutorial assistance, study skills assistance, computer/internet access with assistive technology, and research assistance.
  • Testing accommodations: including alternative location, extended time, enlarged print, and test read
  • Delta Aplha Pi International Honors Society for students with disabilities. We want to recognize and celebrate your accomplishments.


For more information:
Student Access Center, City Campus
Room 266
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(716) 851-1189 (V/TDD)

Student Access Center, North Campus
Library Room D114
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(716) 851-1495 (V/TDD)

Student Access Center, South Campus
Building 3, Room 3120
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(716) 851-1933 (V/TDD)