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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

CULift

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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CULift

CULift runs from 7:45 AM until 9:45 PM, Monday through Friday when classes are in session (7:35 AM until 4 PM in the summer). The service has use of wheelchair accessible buses as well as several vans and cars.

An intake appointment with SDS is required. CULift service will begin 24-36 hours after the student's initial meeting with Student Disability Services. (If rides are needed the next day, the initial meeting should take place before 10:00 AM) At the registration meeting, the Transportation Coordinator will provide a copy of the CULift guidelines, which can also be found at: sds.cornell.edu/Forms/CULift_Guidelines.pdf

If the student does not have the required medical documentation, the Transportation Coordinator can fax the Medical Documentation of a Disability Form to his or her physician (the student will need to provide a fax number if the physician is not local). During the meeting, the program will be explained in detail and all necessary paperwork completed.

Following the registration meeting, an email will be sent to the student with a reminder of how to request, change or cancel rides through the web-based ride request system (https://culift.sds.cornell.edu/). The CULift is unable to provide on-call service; all requests for ride additions or changes must be submitted by 10:00 AM the business day before the requested change.

The end date of CULift service is determined by the information provided by the physician on the Medical Documentation of a Disability Form. Students on the service will receive notice from the Transportation Coordinator before the accommodation is set to expire. Students may choose to end service at the end date, or they may obtain additional documentation to remain on the CULift. (Students may also voluntarily end CULift service at any time if fewer or different transportation accommodations are needed by sending an email to the Transportation Coordinator at culift@cornell.edu with a request to end the service.)

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