Welcome to Disability Support Services


collegestudentdssThe mission of Disability Support Services at Valparaiso University is to provide students with disabilities equal access to an education and to university life. We do this by providing accommodations, support services and special programs that are individualized to work toward student success. Valparaiso University and its faculty have a legal responsibility to provide reasonable accommodations for students who have been diagnosed with a disability, but are otherwise qualified for the course or degree program.  Program policies and procedures are designed to provide students with as much independence as possible, preserve confidentiality, promote student responsibility and empowerment, and support students and faculty with finding individualized solutions to educational obstacles. 

As part of its mission for its students, Valparaiso University has developed a nondiscrimination policy which identifies its intention to provide a safe and tolerant environment for all, including those with disabilities.  The policy reflects the University’s obligations to the U.S. Department of Education.  

 
Identifying a Disability
Americans with Disabilities
Disabilities and Accommodations
 
A person with a disability is any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities and has a medical record of such impairment. More....
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. More...
An accommodation provides a method whereby a student with a disability can demonstrate his or her knowledge and abilities when traditional methods are inadequate. More...