Disability Support Services

Division of Student Services

Disability Housing Accommodations

Students with disabilities who have specific housing needs may work with Disability Support Services (DSS) to request accommodations. As with all accommodation requests, we engage with students in an individualized and interactive process to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

Types of housing accommodations
How do I request housing accommodations?
When should I request housing accommodations?
Service animals and emotional support animals

Types of housing accommodations

Examples of disability-related housing accommodations for students include:

  • Single occupancy room
  • Wheelchair-accessible unit
  • Removal of furniture from room
  • Ground-level unit
  • Room in a building with an elevator
  • Room in a centrally-located building
  • Flashing emergency alarm
  • Private bathroom
  • Access to food preparation/cooking facilities
  • Private kitchen
  • Emotional support animal
  • Housing in substance-free community
  • Meal plan and/or food service modifications
  • Priority cohort assignment for room registration process

This list is not comprehensive. If you would like to request one of these or other accommodations, please see below for information on how to request housing accommodations.

How do I request housing accommodations?

Students requesting disability housing accommodations for the first time at Reed should follow the DSS Accommodations Process.

When should I request housing accommodations?

To request housing accommodations for the next academic year:

To allow Residence Life to implement your housing accommodations for the next academic year, they must receive notification of all approved accommodations by the March room registration deadline. We strongly urge students with known accommodation needs to begin the DSS accommodation process well in advance of the Residence Life room registration processStudents are welcome to contact Disability Support Services at any time of year to begin the housing accommodations process. 

If Residence Life receives notice of an approved housing accommodation after the March room registration deadline, they will strive to meet your accommodation needs within the available housing inventory.

To request housing accommodations for the current academic year:

At times, new or changing circumstances may create the need for students to seek housing accommodations outside of the traditional timeline described above. If a student receives approval for housing accommodations for the current academic year, Residence Life will strive to meet the student’s accommodation needs within the available housing inventory. Students are welcome to contact Disability Support Services at any time of year to begin the housing accommodations request process. 

Service animals and emotional support animals

For information about service animals and emotional support animals, please review Reed College's Animal Policy.

Please note that according to Reed policy, there are limitations on the kinds of animals allowed in different types of on-campus residences. Exceptions may be permitted for students with documented disabilities. Students are asked to follow the disability accommodations process, (including meeting with DSS, submitting an application and disability documentation to our office, and receiving notice of eligibility) prior to bringing an emotional support animal to campus.

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