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Disability Support Services

The University of Idaho is committed to providing equal and integrated access for individuals with disabilities to all the academic, social, cultural, and recreational programs it offers. This commitment is consistent with legal requirements, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and embodies the university’s historic determination to ensure the inclusion of all members of its communities.

At Disability Support Services (DSS), our goal is to provide services and support to ensure that students are able to access and participate in the opportunities available at the university. In keeping with this objective, students are expected and encouraged to utilize the resources of DSS to the degree they determine necessary. Although a significant degree of independence is expected of students, DSS is available to assist, should the need arise.

The mission of DSS is to facilitate inclusion by reducing/eliminating barriers, whether they are attitudinal, structural, programmatic or otherwise. In doing so, students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to become successful through their own efforts and not held back by artificial barriers. We strive to create partnerships between DSS, students, faculty, staff, and other university and community offices by creating awareness and training on disability-related issues as well as providing information and referral services.

Students are asked to notify DSS as soon as possible to discuss disability-related concerns and needs. Services include, but are not limited to: alternate text, assistive technology information, readers, notetakers, sign language interpreters, real-time captioning, campus housing arrangements, campus accessibility and disability parking information, priority registration assistance, new student orientation, testing accommodations, advocacy, or assistance with any other campus disability-related needs.

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