The Disability Support Services (DSS) Office supports and advocates for students who experience disabilities. DSS coordinates support services and reasonable accommodations for APU students who experience disabilities, and provides resources for the University and community.
Update from DSS
Distance or online learning and teaching may be new territory for some students and faculty. Remember that Disability Support Services (DSS) is here, as a resource, to support students, faculty, and staff.
While the “how” of DSS delivery may look a little different for the 2020-2021 academic year, the “what” will not change. It is important to understand that the University’s responsibility to ensure accessible courses, programs, and services has not changed. Facilitating access and promoting an inclusive environment for our students is paramount. Faculty and staff hold a crucial role in helping the University meet our responsibility to provide access for students.
Students who have never worked with the DSS Office, but who may be interested in discussing accommodation options are encouraged to contact DSS.
Students who were previously registered with the DSS Office and would like to continue or update their accommodations for next semester should also contact DSS as soon as possible.
Please note: There is no time limit or cut-off date for requesting accommodation. Students may request accommodations at any point during their time at APU.
To schedule an appointment, please email Kaili Martin, the Disability Support Services Coordinator, at email@example.com or call (907) 564-8287 to leave a voicemail with your name, phone number, and a brief message. We will be processing requests as quickly as possible and we thank you for your patience.
If faculty or staff have any questions regarding accessibility or student accommodations, they are encouraged to contact DSS as soon as possible.
Arranging for Accommodations
Your Role as a Student
We encourage all university students to be their own advocates. Students transitioning from high school to APU should schedule a meeting with DSS, provide current diagnostic and evaluative reports, and request reasonable accommodations that are supported by documentation. Schedule a meeting with the DSS Coordinator by calling 907-564-8287 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will supply documentation to the DSS Coordinator to establish eligibility. All evaluations, test results and medical records are confidential and are used for the sole purpose of determining eligibility for accommodations. The nature of the disability or temporary disabling condition is not released to any other party except with the written consent of the student. APU recognizes the best practices for documentation of disability that have been established by the Association on Higher Education and Disability.
Reasonable accommodations include modifications and adjustments that do not fundamentally alter or lower the standards of an instructional program.