Disability Support Services

Division of Student Life

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
Deadline to register with DSS to request housing accommodations.
August 1
Deadline to register with DSS to request Orientation-related accommodations (placement exam accommodations, accessible transport, interpreting services, etc)
August 1
Recommended deadline to register with DSS to request academic accommodations for fall 2019 semester

Getting Started with DSS

To request disability accommodations at Reed, please follow the procedures outlined in our Accommodations Process. To get started, visit the DSS Student Portal to fill out a DSS intake form and upload your disability documentation.

To access the portal, you will need to log in using your Reed username and password (which you will receive shortly after submitting your enrollment deposit to the College). For academic and Orientation-related accommodations, we encourage you to submit your intake form and disability documentation to DSS no later than August 1, 2019.

For housing accommodations

If you are requesting housing accommodations please be sure to note this on your intake form. Once we have reviewed your request, if DSS determines that an appointment is necessary, we will notify you via email and invite you to schedule an appointment at that time. We strongly encourage you to submit your intake form with documentation 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). 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.

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 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

Family members of students with disabilities are invited to attend our Orientation session to learn about disability resources for students at Reed: “Supporting Your Student with Disabilities at Reed”. Please consult the orientation guide for date, time, and location.

Incoming students and family members who have general questions about the accommodation process are welcome to contact us via phone or email, or may use our online booking service to schedule a consultation with DSS staff.

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


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