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Policies & Procedures


Procedures for Transportation Accommodations

Transportation Intake Appointments

In order to determine the appropriate transportation services and to address any other access issues, students must meet with the Transportation Coordinator. Rides to SDS for an intake interview from locations within the service area can be arranged with sufficient notice. Please call SDS at 607-254-4545 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Intake appointments are generally between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. By making an appointment in advance, an SDS staff member will be readily available to meet with you.

Documentation Requirements

Bus Passes

Accessible Parking

Documentation Requirements

To qualify for any transportation services, students need to provide documentation to SDS and meet with an SDS staff member. Documentation must be from a qualified professional and include:

  1. a diagnosis
  2. the functional limitations caused by the disability
  3. the recommended accommodation(s)
  4. the anticipated length of time services would be required

Students who have an obvious disability may be granted initial services before documentation is supplied; however, it will be required for continuation of services.

Physicians or physical therapists may fax documentation to our office at 607-255-1562. A copy of the Medical Documentation of a Disability for Medical, Physical or Sensory Disabilities Form, which outlines the necessary information, can be found at:
Medical Documentation of a Physical, Medical or Sensory Disability Form (PDF)

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Bus Passes

Students can obtain bus passes directly from the SDS office upon review of disability documentation and approval for a bus pass by an SDS staff member. If the needed accommodation period is two months or less, monthly TCAT bus passes will be provided. If an OmniRide pass is granted (generally when the accommodation period is longer than 2 months), SDS will arrange for OmniRide activation of the student's ID card for use on TCAT buses.

Note: SDS is not responsible for replacing lost or stolen passes. In the event of a lost or stolen pass, the student is responsible for paying for replacements or the cash fare for the remaining time period.

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Accessible Parking

Once approved for accessible parking by an SDS staff member, students must take a letter provided by SDS to Commuter & Parking Services at 116 Maple Avenue to purchase an accessible permit (please use the Accessible Entrance at the rear of the building). Note that students must pay a fee to Commuter & Parking Services for this service. Additional information on accessible parking on the Cornell campus can be found at the Commuter & Parking Services web site.

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