Registering with Disability Support Services

By law, students who have disabilities are not required to identify themselves as having a disability. Although encouraged to register with Disability Support Services (DSS) immediately upon entrance to Seminole State, it is not uncommon for students to forgo seeking assistance until they experience difficulties with coursework.

Students are considered to have a disability if they display a physical or mental impairment that significantly affects one or more major life activities; have a record of impairment; or are regarded as having an impairment by a recognized agency.

Students who would like to be considered for academic accommodations need to visit any one of our DSS campus locations to discuss options that might be available and how to register (see steps to register at the bottom of the page).  All services provided by DSS are provided at no cost to the student and are based upon the individual student's needs. The responsibility for determining a student's eligibility for services rests with the DSS staff.

DSS Office Locations 

Altamonte SpringsALT-107407.404.6005
Sanford/Lake Mary SC-130407.708.2110

Steps Necessary to Receive Academic Accommodations

Provide up-to-date, current documentation from a licensed professional based on the guidelines (see documentation guidelines).

  • The appropriate clinical documentation should substantiate the disability and present evidence to establish a rationale supporting the need for accommodations.  
  • A school plan such as an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plan is insufficient documentation in and of itself but can be included as part of a more evaluative report.  

Contact and meet with a DSS Coordinator at any of The Seminole State College campuses to discuss accommodations that may be necessary. We recommend students contact the DSS office at their preferred campus to schedule an intake appointment. 

  • DSS will make the final determination, based on the information received, whether appropriate and reasonable accommodations are warranted and can be provided to the individual.

Coordinator information




Altamonte Springs
Stacey Sheehan
DSS Coordinator
Luz Santiago
DSS Coordinator
Sanford/Lake Mary
Main Office

Until all steps of the registration process have been completed, the student will be considered pending with DSS and will not be eligible for services or accommodations. Faxed/mailed documentation will be held in pending status for 90 days from the date of receipt and will be shredded after the specified period. The student may, however, begin the process again at any time.

Note: Seminole State College does not provide housing, personal attendant care, or readers for personal study or transportation

Information for Veterans Registering with DSS

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.


General Information
Sanford/Lake Mary - 407.708.2110
Altamonte Springs - 407.404.6005
Oviedo - 407.971.5114