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Welcome to Disability Access Services NMSU

Welcome to Disability Access Services NMSU

Disability Access Services (DAS) provides accommodations, education, consultation and advocacy for qualified students with disabilities at New Mexico State University. DAS works with students at NMSU & DACC, across New Mexico and around the world.

New Mexico State University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified NMSU students in accordance with state and federal laws. Disability Access Services at New Mexico State University offers a variety of services to students with documented physical, learning, or psychological disabilities. Please call or email to make an appointment.

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Announcements:

Summer Session Students and Faculty: In order to best serve students that need to use the testing center while construction finalizes, we will only be scheduling exams on Wednesdays between 8am-5pm until further notice. Please be sure to submit your proctor form as early as possible so that we can make appropriate arrangements.

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to check your NMSU email as we will continue to send out important information about our new case management system that we began piloting on 5/25/22. The Case management system is called Accessible Information Management (AIM) and we will be offering Fall training sessions for all students and faculty as we get closer to the start of the Fall 2022 semester.

As always, please call or email our office at 575-646-6840 or das@nmsu.edu if you have any questions.

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Events:

Upcoming Case Management System Trainings (Zoom links will be provided)

Upcoming Student Sessions

Date AM Session PM Session
Tuesday 9-Aug 10am-11am 2pm-3pm
Wednesday 10-Aug 10am-11am 2pm-3pm
Thursday 11-Aug 10am-11am 2pm-3pm
Monday 15-Aug 10am-11am 2pm-3pm
Tuesday 16-Aug 10am-11am 2pm-3pm


Upcoming Faculty/Staff Sessions

Date AM Session PM Session
Tuesday  2-Aug 10am-11am 2pm-3pm
Thursday 4-Aug 10am-11am 2pm-3pm
Monday 8-Aug 10am-11am 2pm-3pm
Wednesday 10-Aug None 4pm-5pm
Friday 12-Aug 10am-11am 2pm-3pm
Tuesday  16-Aug None 4pm-5pm

Disability Access Services FAQs

We encourage any students who anticipate barriers in accessing or participating in classes, programs, or opportunities at NMSU to contact our office. We will work with the student to understand their access concerns and to determine if accommodations are appropriate. We work with students with permanent disabilities, but also temporary disabilities including illnesses and injuries.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, an individual with a disability is someone who experiences or lives with an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, or who is regarded as, or has a history of being regarded as, an individual with a disability. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working. Major Bodily Functions include, but are not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.
An accommodation is a change, alteration or modification to a policy, practice or procedure (or to the way things are customarily done), that provides an equal opportunity to an individual with a disability. Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to, sign language interpreters, materials in alternative formats (such as braille, different font size or digital format), and assistive listening devices.
Your previous accommodations may or may not be applicable depending on your course of study. It would be best to set up an appointment to meet with our DAS staff to explore what may be reasonable accommodations.
Students can request changes to their accommodations at any time. To request additional accommodations, contact the DAS office and set up an appointment for an intake. Our staff will discuss whether or not an accommodation can be added and if additional documentation is needed.
The definition of a disability covers many conditions including mental health. If your diagnosed condition is affecting your academic performance, contact the DAS office to explore possible reasonable accommodations.
If you have a condition that is creating barriers for you in your courses/labs/internships or housing. Please schedule an appointment to speak with us so we can assess your situation and possibly make an appropriate referral. We also can provide you with a verification form that your health care provider can fill out.
Temporary accommodations may be reasonable to provide students during recovery from surgery or during temporary recovery from injuries. Although students are responsible for their transportation to and from campus and getting to their classes, contacting the DAS office to explore temporary accommodations options for your situation is recommended.
Emotional support animals, also known as assistance animals, are only permitted in campus housing if the student qualifies for a housing accommodation due to a disability. You will need to complete an application for accommodations on our DAS website to start the interactive process to see if this would be a reasonable accommodation.
If a student has been approved to receive academic accommodations, they will request that a notice of accommodations be emailed to you and you will verify receipt. As a faculty member you will also be able to access the faculty online portal to our case management system Accessibility Information Management (AIM) where you can view all the student registered in your courses who receive approved accommodations. Please contact the DAS office if you have any questions.
Unless it is specified in the letter, accommodations are not applied retroactively. There may be certain circumstances where a retroactive accommodation are appropriate (for example, if a student who needs course materials or recordings in an accessible format, including materials from earlier in the semester).