Disability Support Services

Division of Student Services

Student Responsibilities Checklist

The staff members in Disability Support Services are here to assist qualifying students in acquiring academic accommodations that reduce the functional impact of their disability on their academic performance. We are informed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and we work with students and faculty to determine the most effective and appropriate accommodations for each student's needs. In order to fully participate in the resources available to them, students should be aware that they have the following responsibilities:

Make an initial appointment with the Director of Disability Support Services. If you believe you may have a qualifying disability, the first step is to meet with the Director of Disability Support Services to discuss your concerns, and to obtain information regarding the process of receiving accommodations at Reed and our documentation guidelines.

Provide Disability Support Services with appropriate documentation of your disability. Documentation must be completed by a properly credentialed professional and include key components as outlined in our Disabilities Documentation Guidelines. The Guidelines can be obtained from the office of Disability Support Services or from our documentation website. The Director of Disability Support Services is available to assist you in locating appropriate referral sources if needed.

Meet with the Director of Disability Support Services at the beginning of each semester in which accommodations will be requested. In order to receive accommodations, you need to meet with the Director of Disability Support Services to review the classes in which you are enrolled and the accommodations you may request in those classes.

Request your accommodations as early as possible. We often need time to facilitate your accommodations requests, particularly those requiring coordination with other individuals (e.g. notetakers, interpreters) or those that require obtaining materials (e.g. photocopying, software). Most requests are best facilitated when made before the semester has started, and any request made with less than two weeks of notice is unlikely to be met.

Talk with your faculty and adviser about your accommodations. We strongly urge students to talk with their faculty members and adviser about their accommodations. We find that collaboration between the student, his/her adviser, and his/her faculty results in a smoother accommodations process. We understand that sharing personal information of this nature can be difficult. If you are uncomfortable talking with your faculty or adviser, the Director of Disability Support Services can talk with you about your concerns and suggest strategies for engaging in that conversation.

Let us know as soon as possible if your accommodations aren’t working! If your accommodations aren’t providing the intended support, please contact the Director of Disability Support Services to discuss your concerns.