Disability Support Services

Division of Student Services

Accommodation Process

At Reed, students engage in an individualized and interactive process with Disability Support Services and with relevant faculty and staff to determine and arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodations. Current and incoming students are encouraged to begin the accommodations process as soon as possible once a potential accommodation need has been identified.

Students who do not have documentation of a disability, or are not sure whether DSS is an appropriate resource for them, are welcome to email DSS or schedule a general inquiry appointment to learn more about: the accommodations process, disability documentation guidelines and/or how to obtain documentation, and other resources that may be available with or without disability accommodations.

To request accommodations at Reed, students should follow the following procedures:

  1. Student submits a pre-appointment form and disability documentation through the DSS student portal
  2. Student schedules and attends an intake meeting with a DSS staff member
  3. DSS reviews accommodation requests and notifies student of accommodation eligibility
  4. Eligible students log in to the DSS online portal to select specific accommodations
  5. Student follows through with any next steps that are required for the successful implementation of accommodations
  6. Student requests to renew their accommodations--and requests accommodation changes--as needed

1. Student submits a pre-appointment form and disability documentation through the DSS student portal.

  • DSS will review the student’s information and notify the student if additional information and/or disability documentation is needed prior to their intake meeting with DSS staff.

2. Student schedules and attends an intake meeting with a DSS staff member

  • The intake meeting is an opportunity for students and DSS staff to review the student’s disability documentation together, discuss the functional impact of the student's disability, and explore possible accommodations and resources.
  • If needed, DSS may ask the student to provide additional information or disability documentation in order to better understand the nature of the student's condition and their specific accessibility needs.
  • Due to the individualized nature of accommodations, DSS staff may, at times, consult with relevant faculty or staff members to review course or program requirements. This information may be necessary to help DSS evaluate students' requests and to identify reasonable and appropriate accommodations and/or viable alternatives.

3. DSS reviews accommodation requests and notifies student of their eligibility

  • DSS will notify students via email of the specific accommodations for which they have been approved. Students are encouraged to contact DSS if they have questions about their accommodation eligibility, or if they would like to request changes to their approved accommodations.
  • As part of the individualized and interactive accommodations process DSS may request--and students are always welcome to provide--additional documentation or information related to the student's disability and their accessibility needs.

4. Eligible students log in to the DSS online portal to select specific accommodations

  • Upon logging in to the DSS portal, students will be able to view their course schedule and all accommodations for which they have been approved.
  • From their list of approved accommodations, students will need to select the specific accommodation(s) they would like to use for each course or program.
  • DSS will review the student’s selections, and accommodation notifications will then be emailed to the student’s instructors and/or relevant staff.

Note: For housing and other non-academic accommodations, students will follow the same process.

5. Student follows through with any next steps that are required for the successful implementation of accommodations

  • Certain accommodations may require additional steps or follow-up from the student, such as: submitting a brief online form to indicate a particular textbook is needed in alternative format; completing Residence Life's housing registration process, or communicating with DSS or faculty around alternative testing arrangements. In such cases, the student will be notified of any actions that are necessary for the implementation of their accommodations.

6. Student requests to renew their accommodations—and requests accommodation changes—as needed

  • Each semester or housing cycle, students will need to use the DSS portal to select the specific accommodations they would like to use for that term, from among the list of their approved accommodations.
  • If students’ accessibility needs have changed, students should contact DSS to discuss and request possible changes to their approved accommodations.

Collaboration and effective communication amongst students, faculty and staff are an integral part of accommodations process.

Once accommodations are in place, it is essential that students remain in communication with DSS and relevant faculty/staff around their ongoing accessibility needs. Students are encouraged to contact DSS as soon as possible if:
  • their accommodations are not meeting their needs;
  • their needs have changed;
  • they would like to request additional or different accommodations;
  • they encounter any barriers in implementing their approved accommodations;
  • they would like to request assistance in communicating with faculty or staff around specific accommodation needs.

We strongly encourage all students who have academic or PE accommodations to speak with their instructors about their accommodations, and to do so early in the semester whenever possible. We find that collaboration between students and instructors results in a smoother accommodations process.

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