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Disability Support Services

What is Disability Support Services (DSS)?

The office of Disability Support Services is available to any enrolled Clarion University student having a documented disability.  The office of Disability Support Services provides student with reasonable accommodations as documented through evaluations.  Appropriate accommodations are individually based upon identified need.  The coordinator meets with these students each semester to determine the effectiveness of the accommodation and to evaluate the need for any further services.

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How to Access Services

1. Identification:
Students are solely responsible for contacting the DSS Office to request any accommodations or services.

2. Documentation:
After a request is made, student must provide documentation under the following guidelines:

  • Completed by a licensed and/or certified professional

  • Contains the evaluator's name(s), and title(s), testing date(s), and student's age and grade level

  • Includes any relevant test scores, other relevant data and interpretations

  • Is based on a battery of instruments which addresses aptitude, academic achievement and information processing (DSM-IV criteria for learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD)

  • Identifies the disability or medical condition and describes the limits it imposes

  • Contains current information (no more than 3 years old)

3. Evaluation:
The student and coordinator will meet to determine if the request is supported by the documentation.  Services are provided dependent upon sufficient documentation.  Students need to meet at the beginning of each semester to determine appropriate services for the current semester.

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Where to Get Services

Location: 102 Ralston Hall
Hours: Monday-Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone: 814-393-2095
Text Telephone (TTY/TDD): 814-393-2095
Fax: 814-393-2368

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What Services are Available?

Disability-Related Curricular and Test Accommodations may include:

  • Extended time for exams

  • Reader for exams

  • Scribes for exams

  • Word processor for exams

  • Alternate test location

  • Objective exams, when possible

  • Essay exams, when possible

  • Oral exams, when possible

  • Word processor for written assignments

  • Extended time for in-class assignments

  • Taped lectures

  • Tapes textbooks

  • Note taking assistance

  • Sign language interpretation

  • Assistive technology

  • Priority registration

  • Liaison with agencies (OVR, BVS)

*Accommodations are based on documentation, e.g., psycho-educational evaluations for students with learning disabilities; medical statements for student with physical disabilities or chronic health conditions, and need.  The nature of the student's disability, as well as the student's functional limitation, is considered when accommodations are determined.


What disability support services are available for online students?

If you have a disability and would typically request accommodations in traditional classroom settings, there may also be reason for us to discuss the possibility of accommodations for this class. Online courses often present new challenges to full accessibility that are best resolved by early review. All students requesting accommodations must be registered with the office of Disability Support Services. Please contact Disability Support Services as soon as possible to begin this review process so that all appropriate arrangements can be put in place in a timely fashion.


Clarion University is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer.

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