Disability and Accessibility

Disability and Accessibility at NYFA

The Student Accessibility Services Office provides academic services and accommodations for students with disabilities. Our mission is to ensure equal opportunity and access to all members of the New York Film Academy community and mitigate barriers to learning, participating, contributing, and benefitting from our academic programs, activities, and services. Our services and operation are in compliance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, amended as of 2008, and in alliance with our policies on inclusivity and non-discrimination.

How NYFA Accommodates Students with Disabilities

The ADA defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Students with disabilities are responsible for initiating the accommodations request process by self-disclosing their disabilities directly to the Student Accessibility Services Coordinator. Please know that all requests and materials submitted are handled in the strictest confidence.

The process of requesting and receiving accommodations is interactive and individualized, involving a review of required/submitted documentation and collaborative discussions regarding the student’s needs and the specific academic expectations and activities of our programs. The non-traditional nature of our programs requires unique accommodations tailored to address our students’ varying needs while maintaining the integrity of our curricula and learning objectives.

Registering for Accessibility Services

To initiate the accommodation request process, please send an email to the Coordinator of Student Accessibility Services (NYFA NY and LA) and the Dean of Campus (South Beach) soon after you receive your acceptance letter, during Orientation week, or during the first week of your program, announcing your need to register for accessibility services. Students may register with the Accessibilities Office at any time during their program. Early registration is advised to best promote academic success and wellness.

NYFA New York

Contact: sas.ny@nyfa.edu

NYFA Los Angeles

Contact: SAS@nyfa.edu

NYFA South Beach

Contact: maylen.dominguez@nyfa.edu

Service Animals

It is the policy of the New York Film Academy to afford individuals with disabilities, who require the assistance of a service animal, with equal opportunity to access Academy property, courses, programs, and activities.

Read More


Service Animal: Any dog or miniature horse individually trained to do work or perform tasks directly related to the disability that the person has. A service animal is sometimes called an assistance animal.

Pet: A domestic animal kept for pleasure or companionship. Pets are not permitted on campus. Permission may be granted by Administration for a pet to be in a campus facility for a specific reason at a specific time.

Therapy Animal: An animal that provides emotional support or passive comfort that alleviates one or more of the identified symptoms or effects of a disability. A therapy animal (also known as an emotional support animal or comfort animal) is not a service animal under this policy.

Owner: Means any person having an interest in or right of possession to a service animal, or any person having control, custody, or possession of a service animal.

Read More