Worcester State University and the DSO are committed to providing services that
will enable students who qualify under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to participate fully in the activities
of the University.
The DSO offers support for a
wide variety of disabilities including but not limited to: Attention Deficit
(Hyperactivity) Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, Blind or Visual Disabilities,
Chronic Medical or Degenerative Conditions, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Learning,
Physical/Mobility, or Psychiatric Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and
Services are available at no charge and may
include but are not limited to exam-related accommodations (i.e. additional time
on exams; distraction-reduced testing location), notetaking services,
interpreting accommodations, priority registration, scheduling accessible
classrooms, assistive technology, faculty consultation/training, and
disability-related advising. Accommodations and services are
individually determined based on the functional limitation(s) that are
identified by the diagnostic evaluation and during the intake interview.
To be eligible, a student must first self identify and provide the DSO with
current and comprehensive documentation, and it must demonstrate that the
student’s disability substantially limits one or more major life activities as
defined under the ADA. With appropriate documentation provided, students
must then follow through and schedule an intake appointment.
Accommodations and services are individually determined based on the functional
limitation(s) that are identified by the diagnostic evaluation and during the
intake appointment. Please be advised that IEP’s and 504 plans are not
sufficient documentation to determine eligibility for services.
The records kept in the DSO are strictly confidential and are not part of a
student’s academic record. Information regarding a student’s diagnosis or
documentation will not be released without the student’s informed written
The DSO encourages student self advocacy and supports students
in achieving the highest level of learning independence and self determination.
The DSO also serves as a resource to the campus community to advocate for a
diverse learning community, educational equity and innovation.