The process for receiving services and accommodations through the Disability Support Services (DSS) office is as follows. You may start the process using the Disability Disclosure Form in the information packet you receive as part of your application process, by telephone or e-mail, or by stopping in at the DSS office. It is the student’s responsibility to contact DSS. DSS does not make the initial contact with a student. You will then be scheduled for an intake appointment with one of the DSS staff.
- Schedule an intake appointment with the DSS office
This may be done by telephone, email or by stopping by the DSS office, DSS does not make the initial contact with the student.
- Complete an DSS Intake Form
The DSS Intake Form requires disclosure of your disability. You will be asked to complete an intake form when you meet with the DSS representative. You may also submit your intake form online. The DSS Intake Form can be found by clicking here. Please email the form back as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions concerning the intake form please call 574-520-4460 during open business hours.
- Request and obtain approval of accommodations, auxilary aids, and/or services
The DSS representative will explain the types of accommodations, auxiliary aids and services available through the office and may make recommendations. However, it is the student's responsibility to request specific accommodations or services. The DSS professional will either approve the request, approve an alternative accommodation or service, or request may be denied. The student is responsible for making a request for services in a timely manner. For example, it often requires several weeks to provide a textbook in an alternate format.
- Provide appropriate documentation of a disability
You will be asked to provide documentation of your disability. Please click here to find documentation guidelines. If you suspect that you have a disability, but have not been evaluated or diagnosed, the DSS staff may be able to recommend an appropriate professional or agency who can provide such an assessment.
- Deliver Accommodation Letters to instructors
When an approved accommodation or service requires faculty involvement, such as for testing accommodations, an Accommodation Letter describing the approved accommodation or service is written to the faculty member. Instructors are not required to implement an approved accommodation until they are actually given an Accommodation Letter. It is also the student’s responsibility to meet with the instructor to discuss implementation of the accommodation. The student is not required to disclose the disability, nor explain or justify the accommodation.
- Notify the DSS office if approved accommodations, auxiliary aids, or services are not being provided
Because the student is expected to take an active role in requesting and receiving disability support services, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the DSS office, and the instructor if he/she is involved, when an accommodation or service is not being appropriately provided.
- Request services each semester
Accommodations and services are provided on a semester-by-semester basis. The student must meet with the DSS office and request accommodations and services for each semester they are desired.