Disability Support Services FAQs
Disability Support Services (DSS) provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids for students with many types of disabilities, including learning disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, psychiatric disorders, traumatic brain injury, deaf and hard-of-hearing, blind and low-vision, mobility impairments, medical conditions, autism spectrum disorders and temporary disabilities. To learn more about necessary documentation to qualify for academic accommodations and auxiliary aids, please visit the "Documentation Guidelines" section of the website.
Turnaround time from receipt of documentation to processing of letters varies. There is no specific deadline or required to initiate accommodation process.
The required steps are as follows:
- Documentation is received, reviewed and assigned by DSS administrative staff.
- Additional documentation may be necessary to determine eligibility.
- An initial interview is completed by a DSS coordinator.
- The Accommodation Request form is completed by the student (each semester).
- Accommodation notices are emailed to the student's instructors.
- Students are encouraged to initiate a conversation with their instructors regarding their academic accommodations.
If you have questions, contact your assigned coordinator. If you do not know who that is, refer back to the Accommodation Notice or contact DSS.
A student with accommodation of volunteer note-taking should do the following:
- Ask a classmate to volunteer to take notes
- Provide carbonless duplication paper that is available in the DSS office to the volunteer note-taker
- If the student has difficulty with this process, seek assistance from the instructor
NOTE: Paid note-takers are generally hired by DSS for students with specific disabilities.
An emotional support animal (ESA) is any animal that is often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy, but they are not considered “service animals” under the American with Disabilities Act. However, based on ADA guidelines, ESAs are considered a reasonable accommodation for students with a documented disability and a physician’s specific accommodation. ESAs can be any animal. Students utilizing ESAs must be registered through DSS.
911 must be called. However, the student can refuse service and/or transport once first responders arrive. This releases Wake Tech from liability.