Disability Support Services

Division of Student Life

Physical Education Accommodations

Getting started

A physical education requirement is integrated into the Reed curriculum. To request disability-related PE accommodations, please refer to our Accommodations Process. Through an individualized and interactive process, we will explore: the functional impact of your disability, any specific accessibility needs, PE course options, and possible accommodations to assist you in meeting the PE requirement.

Notification and implementation

For in-class accommodations: If determined eligible for PE accommodations, DSS will email a letter that lists your approved in-class accommodations to the course instructor(s) and/or the Director of Athletics, Fitness, and Outdoor Programs. Students are encouraged to meet with their instructor(s) to discuss course expectations and the implementation of approved accommodations.

For modifications to the PE curriculum: If determined eligible for PE accommodations, the student will work with DSS, in consultation with the Director of Athletics, Fitness, and Outdoor Programs, to develop an individualized plan for completion of the PE graduation requirement. A written agreement will be created and signed by the student, the Director of DSS, and the Director of Athletics, Fitness, and Outdoor Programs, to ensure clarity of program expectations. 

Planning ahead

Due to the short duration of PE courses (one quarter), we encourage students requesting PE accommodations to meet with DSS well in advance of the start of the course in order to allow sufficient time for the accommodations process. Students with disabilities are also welcome to meet with DSS staff early in their tenure at Reed to develop a plan for meeting the PE requirement prior to graduation. 

Contact Disability Support Services


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

Theresa Lowrie
Dorothy Johansen House

Jess Gibson
Assistant Director
Dorothy Johansen House