Welcome to Disability Support Services (DSS)! On this page, you will be able to stay connected by quickly referencing important information about DSS and other relevant communication.
DSS Hours and Location
South Arkansas Community College West Campus
Whitfield, Room 238
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Role of DSS
DSS is the campus department designated by SouthArk to determine and provide access to SouthArk classes, programs, and activities for students with disabilities. The department of Disability Support Services leads the campus community in its commitments to recognize disability as a valued aspect of diversity. Through a collaborative process including students, faculty, and staff, we will create an inclusive educational environment for students either through a reasonable accommodation or by redesigning aspects of a college program or campus life experience.
Disability Support Services serves as the central campus resource for students with disabilities covered by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. SouthArk students who seek reasonable accommodations for their disabilities must first register and provide documentation to the department of DSS that meets its approved criteria. The Director of Disability Support Services will determine what reasonable accommodations are consistent with each student’s disability and advise academic units regarding those accommodations.
The student will receive an official “accommodation letter” that has been generated from the Director Disability Support Services who has verified the accommodations for which the student is eligible. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that this letter is provided to the faculty member in a timely manner and to contact the faculty member directly to make individualized arrangements for needed accommodations. An initial memorandum will be emailed to the faculty notifying them of the accommodation(s). While the college is committed to assisting students with disabilities to participate fully in academic programs, the college is not required to fundamentally alter any programs or activities, including academic programs of study. Faculty members are the recognized experts in their fields and are responsible for identifying and describing the essential elements of academic degree programs. DSS is located in Whitfield, Room 238.
More about the ADA: http://www.ada.gov/
The mission of the DSS is to create an accessible, inclusive, sustainable learning environment, where disability is recognized as an aspect of diversity that is integral to the campus community and to society. Through collaboration and support of the entire campus community, we will strive for equal educational opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Core Values of DSS:
Human variation is natural and vital in the development of dynamic communities.
Disability is a social/political concept that includes people with a variety of conditions who share common experiences.
Inclusion and full participation are matters of social justice.
Creating usable, equitable, sustainable, and inclusive environments is a shared responsibility.