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What is the Office of Disability Support Services?
The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) provides auxiliary aids and services to otherwise qualified students with disabilities to ensure access to University programs.  Services include determining eligibility, reviewing and maintaining documentation, recommending reasonable and appropriate accommodations and or providing auxiliary aids or other services.
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How do I request services?
1. Make an appointment with the DSS office.
  • Newly admitted students should meet with DSS staff at least 6 weeks prior to semester start
2. Provide current documentation from a qualified professional that describes the impact of your disability and includes assessments, scores and diagnosis. 
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Who is a person with disability?
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a person with a disability is any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment or is regarded as having an impairment.
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What is considered to be a "major life activity?"
Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.
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What does "substantially limits" mean?
An impairment must substantially limit a major life activity for a physical or mental condition to rise to the level of a “disability”. Factors that need to be considered include: (a) the nature and severity of the impairment, (b) the duration or expected duration of the impairment and (c) the actual or expected permanent or long-term impact of, or resulting from, the impairment.
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What is meant by the phrase "otherwise qualified" individual with a disability?
That “…with or without reasonable modification to rules, policies, or practices the removal of architectural, communication, or transportation barriers, or the provision of auxiliary aids and services, meets the essential eligibility requirements for the receipt of services or the participation in programs or activities…”
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What is a reasonable accommodation?
A reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment that will assure equal opportunity to rights and privileges of all programs and services. Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and are not required if provision will result in a fundamental alteration or an undue burden. Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to alternative testing arrangements, use of assistive technology, or sign language interpreter.
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Is there a fee for an accommodation?

The university is responsible for the cost associated with the provision of an aid necessary for classroom or other appropriate (non-personal) use. However, the provision of aids, devices or services of a personal nature is the responsibility of the student.

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Is there a separate admission process for students with disabilities?
No. Students with disabilities must meet the same entrance requirements as any other student seeking admission to the University. Do not submit documentation of your disability to the Office of Admissions.
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