The Department of Disability Services is here to assist you with any barriers you may encounter while you are at Winston-Salem State University student or employee. Disability Services works to ensure all WSSU faculty, staff and enrolled students have an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of collegiate life.

Instructors should have on their syllabi a generic statement that reads, "Students with ADA/504-documented physical, sensory, psychological, emotional or medical impairments may be eligible for reasonable accommodations. Veterans may also be eligible for support services. All accommodations are initiated through the WSSU Department of Disability Services and not your instructors. You may contact the Department of Disability Services by email at dds@wssu.edu. If you have registered in a previous semester, continuation is NOT automatic. Action is required. Please contact dds@wssu.edu to continue your accommodations. Most accommodations are not retroactive." You may reach the Disability Services Office by emailing dds@wssu.edu."

The singular most important issue is equal access. Please take the time to complete the accommodation request form. Once your documentation and request form are received, you will be contacted to make sure this office is clear about how we can be of assistance.

Required Documentation

Individuals are required to complete an Student Accommodations Request Form or F/S Accommodations Request Form as appropriate and provide supporting documentation from a licensed professional.

A written narrative must be submitted on letterhead for student accommodations. Included information must be specific to this student and not a generic statement concerning the diagnosis. This written report can be brief but must adequately support each accommodation recommended and must include:

  • A full description of the current difficulties and functional limitations in an educational setting;
    When first diagnosed and whether disability is temporary (estimated duration), episodic (estimated length of episodes and frequency), or permanent;
  • Information about how medication and/or other corrective measures may correct the impairment. Please include whether or not accommodations will be needed when utilizing medication or other corrective measures;
  • Activities or situations that should be avoided or would present a current significant risk of serious injury or death for this student or others;
  • Whether this student is currently a danger to himself / herself or others (Explain);
  • A clear and convincing rationale for each requested accommodation based on the degree of impact of the impairment and the resulting functional limitations.

OR the most recent comprehensive psychological report.

The Disability Services Office will make the final determination about the adequacy of disability documentation. All documentation is kept confidential. Once a decision has been made, students are contacted.

Some types of documentation are insufficient:

  • IEP (Individual Educational Plans) and 504 Plans, although providing information about a student's educational experiences, are not sufficient documentation to deem the student eligible for services and accommodations at this level.
  • Documentation consisting only of a diagnosis, case or chart notes, and/or prescription notations is insufficient to qualify students for services and accommodations.
  • In cases where the documentation is incomplete, individuals will be required to submit additional information. Once an individuals self-discloses, provides documentation and completes a registration form, he/she will be considered for services. This individual must meet all four criteria on the registration form.

Once a student is deemed to meet ALL criteria and becomes a part of the Department of Disability Services, it is the student's responsibility to contact the office as required on the initial accommodation letter.