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 health conditions or learning deficits.

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 the DUC community to provide guidance regarding issues that affect accessibility for students. 


What Constitutes a Disability?

ADSO provides accommodations to students with approved documentation of physical, learning, psychological, and chronic health issues.

Documentation must include the following components:

  • Completed by a licensed or credentialed examiner (not a family member)
  • A description of the disability or health issue that requires accommodations, including the diagnosis and history
  • A description of the current impact in an educational setting
  • A description of the expected duration, frequency, severity, and progression of the condition

Examples of disability documentation include:

  • Educational, psychological, or medical records;
  • Reports and assessments created by healthcare providers, psychologists, or an educational system; 
  • Documents that reflect education and accommodation history, such as Audiology Reports and Vision Assessments;
  • Statement from a health or other service professional.

Confidentiality

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/their 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.

If you believe you meet the eligibility and have proper documentation to receive reasonable accommodations, please email [email protected] or call 415.485.3296 to make an appointment to begin the intake process. The intake process involves:

  1. Meet with the Director of Accessibility and Disability Service Office to go over your documentation to make sure you are eligible for accommodation services. This can be arranged as in-person meeting or over-the-phone meeting. 
  2. Complete the intake packet (that includes agreements to our policies). This will be given to you at the initial meeting.
  3. Submit the Accommodations Request Form online. The link will be emailed to you.
  4. Make an appointment to discuss reasonable accommodations and collect your accommodation letters for you to submit to all of your professors.

Getting an Assessment

We do not offer learning disability or ADHD assessments. If you would like information about off-campus testing referrals, please contact us to learn more. 


Contact Accessibility and Disability Services

To schedule an initial appointment, contact us:

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


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)


For Professors

For faculty who would like to send their exams to ADSO for proctoring, submit your request here.