The mission of the SCSU Disability Resource Center (DRC) is to ensure educational equity for students with disabilities. This office provides assistance and information on issues of access to ensure the full participation of students with disabilities at Southern Connecticut State University. The University adheres to the letter as well as the spirit of key laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
SCSU continuously monitors and makes reasonable modifications in policies, practices, procedures, and facilities to accommodate students with disabilities who study, work or visit our campus. Our philosophy promotes self-awareness, self-determination, and self-advocacy skills to assist the students served by the DRC in order to maximize their potential and gain greater independence. The DRC serves all students who provide current documentation of a disability that substantially impacts them in an educational setting.
Categories of disability include, but are not limited to the following:
- Mobility/orthopedic disabilities
- Learning Disabilities
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Blind/Low Vision
- Deaf/Hearing Impairments
- Head injuries
- Emotional/psychological disabilities
- Chronic health-related disabilities
- Food Allergies/Dietary Needs
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
Below is a list of the services available through the DRC:
- Identification and provision of course and testing accommodations and auxiliary aids, including sign-language interpreters, readers, and note takers
- Assistance with developing compensatory strategies such as time management, study skills, identifying strengths and weaknesses, etc.
- Promotion of self-determination in areas of self-advocacy, goal setting, and career development
- Assistance with course selection and registration; supported designated course sections in math — Mat 095, 102, 103, 107
- Access to assistive computer technology and alternate formats (Please see the Center for Educational and Assistive Technology (www.southernct.edu/ceat/index.html)
- Provision of campus accessibility information and access to campus lift-equipped shuttle: www.southernct.edu/student-life/safety/shuttle-services/on-campus.html
For information on how your student can access the services of the DRC and provide the required documentation, please visit our website at www.southernct.edu/student-life/support/drc/brochure.html