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Summer Programs Disability Services

CTY is committed to providing reasonable, appropriate, and necessary accommodations for qualified students with disabilities participating in CTY summer programs. CTY Summer Programs offer unique enrichment or accelerated courses for students who have completed grades 2-12. Please visit our summer programs page for further information. 

Request Accommodations for CTY Summer Programs

If your child has a learning, physical, mental health, or medical disability or impairment (including life threatening/severe allergies or other medical dietary restrictions) that may impact his or her summer programs experience:

  1. Please login to your MyCTY account and select the link that says “Accommodation Requests for CTY Programs and SCAT/STB Testing.”
  2. After clicking on the link, you will need to consent to visiting CTY’s new accommodations request system, Accommodate. From there, you will be taken to an online Accommodations Request form.
  3. Complete the online accommodations request form. Be prepared to discuss your child’s strengths as well as where he or she might struggle. You can attach supporting documentation directly to your request.
  4. In the future, you will be able to log into Accommodate via the link in MyCTY to renew accommodations requests and request additional accommodations.

Review/download the guide to Accommodate (PDF)

If you have any difficulties, contact CTY Disabilities Services: 410-735-6215 or cty-disabilities@jhu.edu. Please note this email and voicemail are checked regularly, but you will be directed to leave a message. Your call or email will typically be returned within 48 business hours. You can also contact Melissa Kistler at 410-735-6206 or melissa.kistler@jhu.edu.

If you are unsure whether you want to share information about your child's disability with CTY staff, please review the information about why you may choose to disclose. You may also want to review any Transition Documents available if applicable to your child.

You must complete a request for accommodation every year, even if your child received accommodations for CTY testing, in a past CTY program, or was evaluated by CTY’s Diagnostic and Counseling Center. Information of this nature is privileged and is not shared between departments at CTY without your written release. The privacy rights of each student are honored to the fullest extent possible.

Documentation Guidelines

For reasonable accommodations to be provided, current documentation from a qualified individual knowledgeable about a student’s disability might need to be submitted to our office.

When you contact CTY Disability Services, staff will also be able to answer your questions regarding any documentation that may be required for your child’s disability and the accommodations requested.

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Transitioning to CTY Summer Programs for Students with Asperger's, ADHD, Anxiety, and/or Learning Disabilities

The following resources may help prepare you and your child for summer programs. They are designed to address what makes CTY Summer Programs unique and what you will want to consider when preparing your child to attend. The documents will open in a new window when selected.

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Expectations of Students

We expect our students to meet the highest standards of behavior, both in personal deportment and in dedication to academic pursuits. To this end, all students are expected to follow CTY’s Summer Programs Honor Code in order to remain in the program. We cannot accommodate students who are unwilling or unable to live up to these expectations. Please discuss the meaning of this code with your child. You can also find a printed copy of the Honor Code in your child's Site Information packet, which will be available once your child is assigned a course.

In addition, please keep in mind that students participating in CTY Summer Programs, particularly at residential sites, will be expected to have responsibility for personal care, food choices, etc.

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Students with Severe Allergies

If your child has been prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector for a severe allergy, please visit our Allergy Information page to download CTY's Allergy Action Plan and review further information to consider about how allergies, particularly food allergies, are managed at CTY sites.

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Additional Considerations

  • Even if you are not requesting formal accommodations for your child, you may also contact CTY Disability Services to discuss your child’s condition and any information you wish CTY’s summer programs staff to be aware related to the condition. This information can often better help CTY staff support your child in our program.
  • All students on medication should continue to take their medication during the program as prescribed by their physicians.
  • Costs for personal attendants, personally prescribed devices, or services which involve travel and other expenses are typically the responsibility of the student’s family.
  • If you have urgent questions regarding accommodations for your child, please feel free to contact Melissa Kistler directly at 410-735-6206 or melissa.kistler@jhu.edu.

Testing Accommodations for CTY's Talent Search

Visit our Testing Accommodations page if you have questions regarding testing accommodations for the SCAT, SAT, or ACT.

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Rolling Deadline Reminder! 

  • Summer Programs: Contact CTY Disability Services by MAY 15th to request accommodations!
  • Other Programs: Contact CTY Disability Services  as soon as you register for other programs to request accommodations!
  • Email CTY Disability Services
“We are so grateful to CTY for providing an environment where our son can be adequately challenged academically and at the same time feel like an accepted part of a social group.”

Lisa M. , CTY Parent