Disability Student Services (DSS)
Welcome to Disability Student Services!
Students, faculty and staff are welcome to investigate the services and resources of Disability Student Services (DSS) by viewing the attached links. Feel free to call, email or stop into the Office in the Duquès Academic Success Center with questions or concerns.
What we do:
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (2008) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Disability Student Services is committed to ensuring that no qualified student, on the basis of his/her disability*, will be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination under any College program or activity.
Disability Student Services determines eligibility, approves and coordinates services, auxiliary aids*, and academic accommodations* to qualified students with disabilities.
|Disability Student Services
437 Pequot Ave.
New London, CT 06320
Disability Student Services is committed to equal accessibility and supports students with disabilities in advocating and engaging in the campus learning and living community to maximize their ability to succeed.
Disability Student Services is a resource to faculty and staff to ensure equal access to programs, activities and course materials so that students with disabilities may maximize their engagement in their learning and living community.
How to Apply for Student Services:
- Students fill out and submit a Request for Services form (see forms)
- Students send in documentation related to their disability
- Students meet with DSS to discuss accommodation needs (this can also be accomplished through phone conversation/Skype/questionnaire)
- Indicate interest in the Bentsen Learning Center or Thames Academy
- Please call or email with questions or concerns.
*Disability has been legally defined as a person who 1) has a physical or mental impairment; 2) has a record of such impairment; 3) is regarded as having such impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities such as self-care, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, or learning.
*Auxiliary aids are services or devices that enable persons with impaired sensory, manual, or speaking skills an equal opportunity to participate in, and enjoy the benefits of, programs or activities (adaptive equipment, alternate formatted books).
*Accommodations are adjustments in policies or procedures that allow for accessibility and participation in programs or activities (extended time in tests). Reasonable accommodations depend upon the nature and the degree of severity of the documented disability. While the law requires priority consideration be given to the specific methods requested by the student, it does not imply that a particular accommodation must be granted if it is deemed not reasonable or it fundamentally alters the course or alters essential program requirements.