Disability Support Services

Division of Student Services

Disability Support Services works with students and faculty to determine appropriate academic adjustments and services for students with documented disabilities. Students who would like to request accommodations, or anyone with questions about disability support services for students, are welcome to contact our office to request information or schedule an appointment.

Resources for Students with Disabilities

The academic program at Reed College is demanding and intense, balancing breadth of knowledge across the curriculum with depth of knowledge in a particular field of study. The goal of the Reed education is that students learn and demonstrate rigor and independence in their habits of thought, inquiry and expression. Reed is committed to providing equality of opportunity and meaningful access for all qualified students.

Disability Support Services (DSS) provides services and resources intended to facilitate equal access and opportunity for students with disabilities to participate in College programs, activities, and services. All Reed students, including students with disabilities, are required to meet the same academic requirements, with or without the use of reasonable accommodations.

Our staff coordinate academic support services and accommodations for students with specialized needs. The Director acts as a liaison to the faculty and offers assistance to students with disability-related questions and concerns.

Services Provided

Reed College's approach to providing services for students with disabilities is interactive and highly individualized. Upon receipt of a request for services and the appropriate documentation, the staff in the DSS office works with the student to provide or establish the most suitable and reasonable accommodations or services given the context of a particular class, professor's pedagogy, or area of campus. Typical services have included:

  • arrangements for priority seating, interpreters, taped class materials, readers, specialized tutoring, organizational coaching, or note-takers;
  • access to adaptive equipment and auxiliary aids, academic and personal counseling;
  • referral to community resources, or off-campus testing and diagnosis specialists;
  • ongoing and timely communication with faculty members and other college offices about academic adjustments or other accommodations; and
  • coordination with a student's referring disability specialist.

Campus Facilities

Reed's academic buildings are clustered compactly on a relatively flat terrain. Classrooms are generally small and accessible, and the three largest lecture halls are wired with assistive listening devices. Accessible public transportation serves the Portland metropolitan area and has bus stops at the edge of campus.

Although living on campus is not required, more than 70% of Reed students choose to do so. Seven residence halls are fully accessible/ADA compliant and five have been renovated to accommodate students with physical challenges. Special needs and requests for services should be brought to the attention of the disabilities support services office prior to housing assignment.

Student Responsibilities

Although Reed offers services to assist students with disabilities, students are responsible for contacting the disabilities office with their request(s) and providing the necessary documentation in a timely manner.

Each student with a disability who would like to receive accommodations has the responsibility to:

  • inform disabilities support services of the student's interest in requesting accommodations;
  • provide appropriate disability documentation;
  • meet with disability support services each semester regarding approved academic adjustments or other accommodations;
  • talk with the student's adviser and professors about academic accommodations; and
  • inform disability support services of disability-related barriers to a successful education and/or participation in community standards at Reed College.

For more information about disability services at Reed College, to receive a copy of the college's Disabilities Documentation Guidelines, or to disclose a disability and/or seek accommodation(s), please contact:

Disability Support Services 503/517-7921

Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland, OR 97202; Fax 503/517-5532

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students: It has been the historic practice at Reed College to admit students of any race, color, religion, sex, national and ethnic origin, and without regard to disabilities, veteran's status, or any other unlawful basis, nor upon sexual orientation, gender identity or political beliefs, and extend to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Reed does not consider any of the above attributes in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan program, and athletic and other school-administered programs pursuant to Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 educational amendment, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other state, federal, and local equal opportunity laws. Inquiries about the application of Title VI, Title IX, and/or Section 504 may be made to Edwin O. McFarlane, Reed College, or the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.