Disability Support Services

Division of Student Services

Information for Incoming Students

Disability Support Services (DSS) works with students with disabilities who seek academic, housing, or other accommodations for disability-related needs. We look forward to working with you during your transition to Reed!

Important Dates

June 1
Priority deadline to register with DSS to request housing accommodations.
June 15
Deadline for Residence Life to receive notification from DSS of approved housing accommodations
August 1
Priority deadline to register with DSS to request Orientation-related accommodations (placement exam accommodations, accessible transport, interpreting services, etc).

Housing Accommodations

To request disability accommodations at Reed, please follow the procedures outlined in our Accommodations Process. You may begin this process any time after officially enrolling at Reed College.

To get started, submit disability documentation to our office and attend a phone or in-person appointment with DSS staff to discuss your accommodation needs. We strongly encourage you to complete both of these steps no later than June 1st, to allow sufficient time for DSS to process your accommodation requests prior to Residence Life’s housing application deadline (June 15th).

Once you are approved for housing accommodations through Disability Support Services, our office will notify Residence Life of your approved housing accommodations. To help ensure that Residence Life is able to implement your housing accommodations for the upcoming academic year, they must receive notification from DSS of all approved accommodations prior to their June 15th housing application deadline. If Residence Life receives notice of an approved housing accommodation after this deadline has passed, they will strive to meet your accommodation needs within the available housing inventory at that time.

Academic Accommodations

To request disability accommodations at Reed, please follow the procedures outlined in our Accommodations Process. You may begin this process any time after officially enrolling at Reed College.

To get started, you are welcome to submit disability documentation to our office at any time. Once you have finalized your course schedule, you will need to meet in person with DSS staff to discuss your accommodation needs with respect to your specific courses. All incoming students will meet with a faculty advisor to register for classes on August 24th as part of Orientation; we encourage you to meet with DSS early in the semester, after this date.

Please note: if you anticipate requesting accommodations that require coordination in advance (eg, access to textbooks in an alternative format, interpreting services) we encourage you to contact our office during the summer to allow additional time for coordination of your accommodations.

Accommodations during Orientation week

If you intend to request disability accommodations at Reed, please follow the procedures outlined in our Accommodations Process. You may begin this process any time after officially enrolling at Reed College.

If you anticipate needing accommodations during Orientation week (placement exam accommodations, accessible transport, interpreting services, etc), please submit your disability documentation to DSS and attend a phone or in-person appointment to discuss your accommodation requests no later than August 1st.

Additional Resources

In addition to disability accommodations, Reed College offers a wide range of supportive resources that are available to all students. Visit Academic Support Services Services to learn about workshops, academic coaching, and peer tutoring. The Health and Counseling Center can provide information on medical and mental health care at Reed, medication management, referrals to off-campus providers, and Reed health insurance coverage.

Contact DSS

Incoming students, parents, and family members who have questions about the accommodations request process are welcome to contact us via phone or email, or to schedule a phone or in-person appointment with Theresa Lowrie, Director of DSS.

Please note that we have limited staffing over the summer and are available by appointment only. Email will be the most expedient means of communication with our department over the summer months.

Parents and family members of students with disabilities are invited to attend the information session we host during Orientation week: “Supporting Your Student with Disabilities at Reed” (date/time TBD).

Contact Disability Support Services

disability-services
@reed.edu

Phone: 503/517-7921
Fax: 503/517-5532
Office: Dorothy Johansen House

Theresa Lowrie
Director
Dorothy Johansen House
503/517-7921

Jess Gibson
Assistant Director
Dorothy Johansen House
503/517-7689