The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) at Seminole State offers
College constituents equity and excellence in education. By working with students, faculty and staff on all Seminole State campuses, DSS ensures that appropriate academic adjustments are made to give all students equal opportunities inside the classroom and around campus.
Seminole State believes in accentuating the abilities of all students and is committed to providing appropriate academic support services for persons with disabilities to ensure equal access for all.
DSS has helped thousands of students since launching in 1983. In addition to collaborating with Seminole State students and employees, the office works closely with counselors and area agencies to provide:
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DSS serves students under the auspices of Student Success Services in compliance with Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. In order to receive services, students must provide appropriate documentation of a disability. Documentation requirements and related forms are available on the Documenting a Disability Web page.
It is important to know that the standards used by the military or Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) are used for the purpose of service-related separation or claims/issues. The postsecondary laws Sections 504 and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) that provide academic adjustments have a different definition of what constitutes a disability than the one used by Seminole State. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, a ”finding by the military or VA that a veteran is entitled to disability-related benefits or services does not mean that he or she is automatically entitled to receive academic adjustments in a postsecondary setting.”
Most of the evaluations and documentation developed by military or Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) personnel does not provide information focusing on how a person's disability affects learning and other major life activities related to the postsecondary education setting. The VA documentation could be submitted as part of the registration process, but supplemental materials may be required to provide full documentation of your disability.
College is closed each Friday during Summer Term: May 7 - July 28, 2018