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Student Handbook - Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services, located in Ley Student Center, provides the following services for students:
• Facilitates academic accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Accommodations may include but not be limited to:
    
    - Access to taped or digital textbooks
    - Sign language interpreting
    - Assistive listening devices
    - Alternative format materials, Braille, large print
    - Note taking
    - Testing accommodations
    
• Secures needed adaptive equipment
• Facilitates housing accommodations with the colleges, Housing & Dining, and the Dean of Undergraduates
• Provides referrals and information on diagnosis of learning disabilities and other potentially disabling conditions
• Consults with Study Abroad, Career Services Center and other campus resources for students with disabilities
• Assists with special parking needs for students with disabilities
• Provides support for students with temporary mobility restrictions
• Advises on the Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 about accommodations, accessibility, service animals, etc.
• Trains students with disabilities on use of assistive technology

Students with disabilities are responsible for:
• Registering with the Disability Support Services office in a timely manner if they expect to need housing or academic accommodations at the university
• Providing current documentation of disability with functional limitations stemming from the condition(s) and resulting accommodation needs
• Delivering Accommodations Letters from DSS to professors promptly
• Maintaining contact with the DSS office for continued support

The following information for students can be found on the Disability Support Services website, www.dss.rice.edu:
• Disability documentation guidelines
• Information and links on scholarships, internships and employment matters
• Listing of adaptive technology located at Fondren Library and at the DSS office
• Medical alert process to inform the Emergency Medical Service of any medical conditions that could affect an on-campus emergency
• Guidelines on service/assistance animals
• Grievance procedures

For more information, contact Jean Ashmore, Director of Disability Support Services, at adarice@rice.edu or x5841.