Office of Student Disability Support Services
As a critical component of Morgan State University, Student Disability Support Services (SDSS) is dedicated to assisting students with disabilities accomplish their scholastic and career goals by supporting academic and advocacy skills and by helping to eliminate the physical, technical, and attitudinal barriers that limit opportunities. Student Disability Support Services is committed to providing all services and operating all programs in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
In accordance with The ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the University is required to provide equal access and equal opportunities for individuals with documented disabilities. A person with a disability is defined as:
- A student with a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits a major life activity (e.g. caring for one’s self, walking, speaking, seeing, hearing, thinking, learning, concentrating, working)
- A student who has current documentation (e.g. recent psycho-educational evaluation confirming a learning disability) of such impairment from a qualified professional.
- A student who is regarded as having impairment
The ADA is a federal law, and colleges and universities are required to make reasonable accommodations to ensure that students with documented disabilities are able to participate in higher education. That is, the ADA specifies that students with documented disabilities who apply for services must be granted accommodations which afford the same opportunities for academic success, unless it would cause and undue hardship.
WHO is eligible?
- Students with disabilities who have current and valid documentation of their disability from a licensed physician, psychologist, or other appropriately qualified specialist.
- Students with special circumstances can call us to discuss their situation.
WHAT do you need to do?
- Self-Identify to SDSS by completing an Intake Form.
- Provide SDSS with current documentation (within 3-5 years old) of your disability.
- Schedule a meeting with SDSS (SDSS@morgan.edu) to engage in the interactive process to discuss your accommodation needs.
- Request your Accommodation Memos from SDSS each semester to deliver and discuss with each of your professors.
- Be involved in the decision-making process regarding your needs.
- Reach out to SDSS with any questions.
WHAT can we do for you?
- Assist you in arranging accommodations.
- Encourage an on-going relationship with this office.
- Help with your academic success.
- Meet with you as needed for problem solving.
- Advise you about communication with your professors.
- Assist you with identifying appropriate resources.
WHAT are accommodations?
- Accommodations are a necessary part of providing equal access to University programs and facilities.
- Accommodations are not considered reasonable if they change the core elements of a course or program.
- Students must request accommodations in a timely fashion, SDSS recommends requesting accommodations and Accommodation Memos to be completed at least two weeks before the beginning of each semester.
- The university does not provide students with personal assistants or equipment.
WHEN should you begin the accommodations process?
- The request for services should be made before or during the registration period.
- The student must contact and meet with SDSS if they require accommodations.
- Academic success is more likely if accommodations are in place early in the semester.
For information please contact:
Student Disability Support Services (SDSS)
Telephone - 443-885-1719
Fax - 443-885-8026
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