Worcester State University
Disability Services Office

 
Registering with DSO


Steps to Register with the Disability Services Office

STEP ONE:  CONTACT DSO, SELF IDENTIFY, AND PROVIDE APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTATION

·         Students with documented disabilities who enroll at the university and who seek classroom, exam, or other accommodations must first self identify directly with the DSO and provide current and comprehensive documentation that demonstrates a substantial limitation to one or more major life activities as defined under the ADA. 

 

·         There is no automatic referral from Admissions
or other WSU offices. 

 

·         Please also be advised that IEP’s and 504 plans are not sufficient documentation to determine eligibility for services.    

 

·         Please refer to the specific guidelines that are available to assist you in acquiring appropriate documentation for your disability.

 

·         Upon self identification directly with the DSO and the student’s submission of appropriate documentation, the DSO will review the documentation to determine if it qualifies the student for services and accommodations. It may take up to two weeks to review. 

STEP TWO:  SCHEDULE AN INTAKE APPOINTMENT

·         With appropriate documentation in place, the student must schedule an intake appointment to discuss and confirm reasonable and appropriate accommodations and the process for accessing services. 

 

·         It is the student’s responsibility to follow up with the DSO to schedule an intake appointment.  The intake appointment is mandatory to officially register with the DSO and subsequently receive reasonable accommodations.

STEP THREE:  REQUESTING AND SETTING UP ACCOMMODATIONS

·         During the intake interview, students will learn about the systems and procedures in place to request and receive services.   

 

·         Upon student request, reasonable accommodations will be implemented in a timely fashion. 

 

·         Students are responsible for requesting accommodations on a semester by semester basis.  It is recommended that students request accommodations prior to or at the beginning of each semester. 

 

·         For students registering late in the semester, accommodations may not go into place until the beginning of the next term.  Please note that accommodations will not be retroactive. 

 
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