Overview of Disability Services

2012-2013 DSS STudent Guide DISABILITY SERVICES FOR STUDENTS (DSS) OVERVIEW

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DSS is part of the Dean of Students Office. We assist Rensselaer students with disabilities in gaining equal access to academic programs,extracurricular activities, and physical facilities on campus. Disability Services offers information and resources based on individual needs to ensure students with disabilities are provided with the necessary accommodations to obtain access to a college education at Rensselaer. Our office provides administrative support and advocacy for all students seeking accommodations that provide the necessary documentation required and register with our office (see the student section for more information on required documentation and how to register with our office).

PLEASE NOTE: Services must be requested by the student and supported by appropriate documentation.

WHO CAN BENEFIT?
Disabilities may be physical, psychological, neurological, or learning-related. Any member of the Rensselaer community, or prospective member, can request assistance or information:
NAVIGATING RENSSELAER'S CAMPUS
While Rensselaer appears at first glance to be a somewhat difficult campus for persons with mobility limitations, in fact, significant progress has been achieved over the years and access can be assured for all programs of study. Most academic buildings are accessible, and through individualized scheduling we can ensure that your classroom locations are barrier-free and conveniently located. Additionally, several residence halls have been modified to provide a choice of living arrangements. Students with vision loss will find that most elevators have tactile markings. Parking spaces are reserved and marked for disabled drivers in campus parking areas. Individual campus tours focusing on access needs can be arranged at any time by contacting Disability Services for Students. Also, a pdf of the campus map with enlarged features can be requested through the DSS office. 

WHAT IS RENSSELAER'S NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY?

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute admits qualified students without regard to age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, marital status, or disability. In addition, Rensselaer assures students with disabilities of nondiscrimination and provides reasonable accommodations to ensure equal opportunity in its programs and services as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended in 2008 to be the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).

OFFICE CONTACT INFORMATION:

   Dean of Students Office (DOSO): Disability Services for Students (DSS)

   Phone: 518-276-8197; Fax: 518-276-4839

   DOSO Main Line:  518-276-6266 | Office Email: dss@rpi.edu | Website: DSS Website

   Mailing Address: RPI, DOSO, Academy Hall, Suite 4226, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180

   Physical Address:  Academy Hall (On the Corner of 15th Street and College Avenue), 4th Floor, Suite 4226



 
Disability Services for Students, Voice or TTY: (518) 276-8197, Fax: (518) 276-4839