Disability Student Services
Get Access to Success
Your success is important to us! You have set academic, personal and career goals for yourself and we want to work with you to help you achieve your goals.
If you have a disability that may have an impact on your ability to carry out assigned course work, and if you wish to seek any accommodations for a course, you must contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). SSD will review your documentation and determine, with you, what academic accommodations are necessary and appropriate for you that can be accommodated for the course. All information and documentation of your disability is confidential and will not be released by SSD without your written permission.
The first step to success is to "self-identify" or register with the Disability Student Services office so we can begin to help you get access to support in the classroom.
Pathway to Success
1. "Self-identify" or register with the DSS office. This means you need to set-up an appointment with a staff member of the DSS office to let us know you are a student with an obvious or hidden disability. During this appointment, we will discuss with you how we can help you be successful in the classroom and at FHSU. Are you a virtual student and not on-campus to make an appointment? No problem! Please call us or send us an email so we can begin to discuss your needs as a virtual student.
2. Bring documentation of your disability. Accommodations for you can not be set-up until we have received documentation supporting any accommodations and services that you will request. A High School IEP or letter from an appropriate professional are examples of documentation. It is your responsibility to provide this information to us. Please contact our office if you have questions about what type of documentation you will need to provide.
3. Prepare for the transition from high school to college. High school is much different from college, especially when we are talking about differences in disability services. Do not fear, we have handouts and materials to help you make a successful and smooth transition.
4. Talk to your professors. Your professors care about you and your success! Talk with them, as much as you feel comfortable with, about your disability and your needs within the classroom. The first week or two of classes is the best time to have this conversation with your professors. Do not be afraid to continue to communicate with your professors as the semester progresses, letting them know if you need extra help or additional assistance.
5. Utilize support on and off campus. There are many folks who care about you and want you to succeed. Do not be afraid to email or visit these offices and check out the resources they have for you.
And remember, when you work with DSS you do not need to worry about others finding out. Our services are confidential.