Accessibility and Disability Services

Our Accessibility and Disability Services Office (ADSO) provides access to academic and co-curricular programs through reasonable accommodations and student-centered assistance. Our accommodations are designed to meet the unique educational needs of Dominican students with documented disabilities.

ADSO is committed to adding value to the Dominican community by fostering an atmosphere of shared responsibility in providing accommodations and promoting an atmosphere of respect and inclusion. In addition, ADSO is available as a resource to faculty, staff and DUC community to provide guidance regarding disability-related issues.

What Constitutes a Disability?

A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including but not limited to: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating and working (Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment, 2009).

ADSO provides accommodations to students with physical, learning, psychological, and chronic disabilities. The following are general categories (by no means an exhaustive list):

  •  Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Psychological Disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Chronic Conditions
  • Temporary Disabilities
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Blind and Low Vision
  • Mobility Disabilities

The ADA considers the following as disabilities only under certain conditions:


  • Pregnancy (only when it fits the definition of a disability)
  • Obesity (when there are resulting functional limitations)
  • Substance Abuse (only when in recovery)



Federal law protects a student's right to privacy.  All information and records that student, parents/guardians and other offices submit to ADSO are treated as confidential. No information will be released about a specific student's disability unless the student expressly gives his/her written permission to do so, the student poses risk of imminent harm to self or others, or in the unlikely event that disclosure is compelled by legal process. This information is maintained in confidential files in the Accessibility and Disability Services Office and is not included in the student's permanent university record.


Disability Grievance Policy

Students who believe they have been discriminated against based upon a disability may choose to file a grievance. Grievance policies and procedures (PDF)

Contact Accessibility and Disability Services

To schedule an appointment, contact:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415.485.3296, TTY via CA Relay: 711