Disability Services Supports Students Virtually

Columbia Health
May 13, 2020

On March 15, 2020, Columbia Health rapidly moved to a virtual service delivery model in light of public health measures to minimize the spread of the coronavirus and to protect providers and students.

Disability Services (DS), which facilitates equal access for students with all kinds of disabilities by coordinating accommodations and support services, began offering all of its support services virtually that same day. Students with disabilities who require academic, housing, or virtual event accommodations or students without disabilities who would like to consult with our specialists can reach out to Disability Services, regardless of their location by emailing disability@columbia.edu or calling 212-854-2388.


Daily drop-in hours are available for quick support

DS is pleased to offer drop-in hours for Summer 2020. We will update our drop in days/hours for Summer 2020 no later than May 26th. There are two ways to get help. Whichever method you choose, the staff member holding drop-in hours will call you back within the drop-in period that day.


Call 212-854-2388 during the drop-in hours. The reception staff will collect your name, phone number, and reason for wishing to speak with a DS staff member.


Email disability@columbia.edu with the subject line “Drop-in.” In the body of the email, please share your reason for wishing to speak with a DS staff member.

You can still register for accommodations for this semester, or the next

DS works with students with all kinds of disabilities such as learning disabilities, ADHD, chronic medical or mental health conditions, sensory/physical disabilities, or temporary injuries. As these conditions may occur or manifest at any time during the year, we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

If you do not have a disability but are experiencing academic difficulties related to attention issues or learning challenges and would like to consult with our staff, please email us at disability@columbia.edu. If you are ready to apply for accommodations, please fill out this form.

DS can support a majority of academic accommodations in a remote learning environment, as well as virtual event accommodations

Despite classes being held online, DS can provide test accommodations, e-text, note-taking, sign language interpretation, foreign language substitution, learning specialist sessions, CART, and captioning.

As instruction has moved online, DS is not proctoring in-person exams for the remainder of Spring 2020 or during Summer 2020.

Students participating in a virtual event organized by a Columbia affiliate should contact DS at least 10 days prior to an event to arrange for accommodations.

Faculty members can also consult with DS for questions regarding academic accommodations, accessibility of their curriculum, if they believe student has a disability, or other related issues.

The team at DS remains available to support the needs of students with disabilities whether they are on campus or off to ensure equal access to the academic and co-curricular experiences at Columbia University