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Services for Students with Disabilities

Providing services to enhance the learning process and achieve academic success.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Welcome to the Office of Disability Services at Slippery Rock University!  Our office is located in Room 105 of the University Union with hours of operation from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm during the semester and until 4:00pm during spring, summer, and winter breaks.

Services for students with disabilities are available to any enrolled Slippery Rock University student having a documented disability. Documentation is required, must follow the documentation guidelines, and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. SRU is committed to accommodating students with disabilities and helping them to achieve academic success. The Office of Disability Services provides students with reasonable accommodations and services to ensure equal access to education as intended by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Services include assistance with, but are not limited to, the following disabilities: learning, physical, hearing, vision or psychological.

The following are examples of disabilities that are covered by the above laws:

  • Learning disabilities (such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, reading/math disability, specific learning disability, etc.)
  • Medical health (such as cardiac disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, seizure disorder, etc.)
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Physical/mobility impairments (ambulatory, wheelchair)
  • Hearing impairments
  • Visual impairments
  • Emotional/psychological diagnosis (such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, etc.)
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Temporary disabilities - disabilities existing only for a short period of time (6-months or less) as a result of injuries, surgery or short-term medical conditions

What services are available?

The type of disability determines the appropriate accommodations. Services may include:

  • Extended test time
  • Separate test location
  • Assistive Technology
  • Note takers
  • Test reader
  • Test scribe and/or use of computer
  • Priority registration
  • Seating in the front of the room
  • Enlarged print
  • Notification to faculty
  • Other accommodations specific to disability must be requested and approved.

Our office also partners with outside offices and locations for student services:

Online Accommodations

Taking courses online may create a need for different accommodations. Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis with documentation that has been provided and discussion with the student. An accommodation is based on a functional limitation of the disability.

It is important to contact the Office of Disability Services at 724.738.4877 as soon as possible if you will be requesting an online accommodation. Some accommodations require up to 4 weeks lead time.

How do I access services?

Students are solely responsible for contacting the Office of Disability Services to request any accommodations or services. Students may begin the accommodation process by completing a public accommodation request here.

After a request is made, students must provide documentation following the documentation guidelines listed here.

To supplement this documentation, please also consider using the Disability Verification Form, found under the forms tab.  This form needs to be completed by a licensed professional.

Documentation can be hand delivered, faxed, or emailed to the Office of Disability Services at:

The student and the Director or the Assistant Director will meet to determine if the request is supported by the documentation. Services are provided dependent upon sufficient documentation and self-report in a Welcome Meeting.

Campus Accessibility

Slippery Rock University has on-going projects to upgrade campus access in areas such as curb cuts, improved sidewalks, ramps, lowered wall fountains, and accessible bathrooms.

Upon admission to SRU, students requesting housing accomodations should contact the Housing and Residence Life Office at 724.738.2082 and the Office of Disability Services at 724.738.4877. In addition, the student must also login to MyHousing and complete the housing accommodation form..

To obtain answers to general and technical questions about the ADA and to order technical assistance materials call: 800.514.0301 (voice) or 800.514.0383 (TDD).

Bailey Library offers a variety of services and adaptive equipment for students with visual, hearing and learning disabilities. For assistance and/or more information, ask a librarian or call Bailey Library at 724.738.2058.