SDS Workshops

SDS will be hosting workshops, information sessions, and events this fall. 

All in-person sessions will be on level 1 of Cornell Health in the Tang Conference Suite (room 127A). In accordance with New York State health policy, masks are required in Cornell Health at this time. Masks are available at building entrances.

Virtual sessions will be hosted on Zoom.

It is important to us that are events are accessible. If you have any accommodation needs to participate, you can indicate on the registration form. Please be aware that some accommodations need advance notice to arrange. 

Sessions will be small (12 people max). Pre-registration is required for all events.

Fall Sessions

How to Use Your Breath to Soften Testing Anxiety

Preparing for and taking a test can produce a physiological response of stress and overwhelm for students. Some may even experience such a heightened amount of anxiety they begin to panic during an examination. If this is something you are familiar with, a member of the Student Disability Services (SDS) staff will be hosting a session to help students learn how to use their breath to calm their nerves, quiet their anxiety, and learn how to partner with their stress to become a more peaceful test taker. We will practice breathing exercises as well as visual meditation and physical mindfulness to work through indicators of testing anxiety. No prior experience with breathwork or meditation necessary.

This session is open to all Cornell students. 

Event will be hosted in person (Cornell Health Tang room 127A) on:

  • Thursday, September 29 at 11:00am
  • Thursday, December 8 at 3:30pm

Pre-registration is required.

Learn About Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a nonprofit organization that provides guide dogs to individuals with vision loss. More than 1,700 volunteers are a vital part of the Guiding Eyes community. They participate in everything from raising, training, and socializing potential guide dogs, to supporting day-to-day operations. Come meet a volunteer and learn a little more about this great organization!

Open to the Cornell community.

Event will be hosted in person (Cornell Health Tang room 127A) on Thursday, September 29 at 3:30pm. 

Pre-registration is required.

Learn About Disability Identity and Justice Framework

What is Disability identity? Disability justice? During this interactive session, attendees will be introduced to both topics, engage in reflective discussion about them, and leave the session with ideas and resources. 

Open to the Cornell community.

Event will be hosted in person (Cornell Health Tang room 127A) on:

  • Thursday, Oct. 20 at 1:30pm

And will be hosted online (via Zoom) on:

  • Monday, Oct. 3 at 11am
  • Thursday, Oct. 13 at 9am
  • Thursday, Oct. 27 at 1:30pm
  • Monday, Oct. 31 at 9am
  • Thursday, Nov. 10 at 11am
  • Monday, Nov. 14 at 11am
  • Thursday, Dec. 1 at 1:30pm

Pre-registration is required.

A Fireside Chat with SDS Director

Have questions about SDS? About disability access at Cornell? 
We welcome you to this chat with SDS Director Zebadiah Hall to discuss your questions.

Open to the Cornell community.

Event will be hosted in person (Cornell Health Tang room 127A) on:

  • Thursday, Nov. 3 at 1:30pm
  • Monday, Nov. 28 at 3:30pm

Pre-registration is required.

How to Talk to Your Professors About Disability Access and Accommodations

Need an icebreaker for talking with your professors? Want to learn some strategies on discussing implementing accommodations in your class?  

Join us for a 1- hour session on Communicating with Faculty: A Guide for Students Using Disability Accommodations. 

During this session, participants will learn: 

  • Strategies for communication accommodation needs to your professors 
  • Best practice for managing your accommodations 
  • Know your rights and responsibilities when implementing accommodations 

This event is open to all Cornell students.

Event will be hosted in person (Cornell Health Tang room 127A) on:

  • Thursday, Oct. 6 at 9am
  • Thursday, Nov. 17 at 3:30pm
  • Monday, Nov. 28 at 1:30pm

And will be hosted online (via Zoom) on:

  • Thursday, Oct. 13 at 3:30pm
  • Monday, Oct. 17 at 3:30pm
  • Thursday, Oct. 27 at 3:30pm
  • Monday, Oct. 31 at 1:30pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 10 at 9am

Pre-registration is required.

Accessible Event Planning for Greek Life

We welcome students in Cornell fraternities and sororities to this session to discuss ways to plan for event accessibility. Bring your questions!

Open to students involved in Greek Life.

Event will be hosted in person (Cornell Health Tang room 127A) on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 3:30pm.

Pre-registration is required.

How to Talk to Your Students About Disability Access and Accommodations

Do you have a role in implementing student accommodations? Are you unfamiliar or uncomfortable talking to students about accommodation?  

Join SDS for a discussion on how providing access to your course can create excellence in education. This program will cover why we use accommodations, communicating with students about their specific classroom needs, and modeling inclusive approaches to conversations.

Open to Faculty and Course Staff. 

Event will be hosted in person (Cornell Health Tang room 127A) on:

  • Thursday, Oct. 20 at 11am
  • Monday, Oct. 24 at 11am
  • Monday, Nov. 7 at 9am
  • Thursday, Nov. 17 at 9am

And will be hosted online (via Zoom) on:

  • Monday, Oct. 3 at 3:30pm
  • Thursday, Oct. 13 at 1:30pm
  • Monday, Oct. 31 at 11am
  • Thursday, Dec. 1 at 3:30pm

Pre-registration is required.

Learn About Implementing Flexibility with Attendance and Deadlines Accommodations

Do you have any students approved for Attendance Policy Modifications or Deadline Extension for your class? Do you want to know more about how to implement these Course Policy Modification accommodations? 
Join SDS to discuss the tools and resources available to you in role. This 1-hour sessions guides you how to navigate our updated website, offers resources to use as tools, and open discussion to answer your questions.

Open to Faculty and Course Staff. 

Event will be hosted in person (Cornell Health Tang room 127A) on:

  • Monday, Nov. 7 at 1:30pm

And will be hosted online (via Zoom) on:

  • Monday, Oct. 3 at 9am
  • Thursday, Oct. 27 at 11am
  • Thursday, Dec. 1 at 11am

Pre-registration is required.

Looking for More?

Watch this page for updates. 

If you interested in a workshop or information session not listed, please reach out to us by email. We are happy to discuss your group’s workshop needs and how SDS can assist with a future session.