Registration and Eligibility for Disability Support Services | Coppin State University

Registration and Eligibility for Disability Support Services


Students must be enrolled at Coppin State University, before registering with DSSP. Students who wish to receive accommodations and services must identify themselves as having a disability and register with Disability Support Services Program. Appropriate disability documentation is required.

To register at Disability Support Services Program (DSSP) for services are as follows:

  1. Call (410-951-3944) or visit the DSSP office (Room 223 Health and Human Service Building) to schedule an appointment to meet with the DSSP Counselor.
  2. During the Intake Interview DSSP staff will discuss with the student the following:
    • Intake Application Completed
    • Verification of Documentation of Disability
    • Accommodations and Services Requested
    • Campus and Local Resources
    • Policies and Procedures (Confidentiality, Grievance, Federal Law)
    • Rights and Responsibilities
  3. Have documentation of disability available to review and discuss at the meeting. Disability documentation must be:
    • complete and up-to-date
    • no more than three years old
    • from a certified professional, medical physician, and/or psychiatric physician

    Students will be given the opportunity to provide the appropriate document if documentation presented is insufficient. DSSP may also, as appropriate, give assistance in locating a qualified practitioner to conduct an assessment.

  4. Pick up accommodation letters to give to instructor from DSSP specifying approved accommodations, (within 72 hours after interview). This should be done as early as possible each semester.
  5. Discuss accommodations with instructors. DSSP staff is available to assist both you and instructor in implementing accommodations as they relate to specific course requirements.
  6. Throughout the semester, DSSP staff is available to discuss academic progress or concerns, and provide assistance. DSSP staff can provide information about other appropriate programs and services.

Note: Student must register each semester to receive accommodations.

Documentation Guidelines

All students who request accommodations must submit documentation of their disability to Disability Support Services Program (DSSP). The documentation must be up-to-date and include a complete written evaluation from a physician, psychologist or other qualified specialist. In most cases, a diagnostic evaluation must have been completed within the last three to five years, depending upon the nature of the disability and individual circumstances.

  • The type of documentation needed varies with the disability: A psycho-educational evaluation is required for learning and cognitive disabilities
  • A psychiatrist's or psychologist's report is required for ADHD and psychological disabilities
  • A typed letter or report is required from a physician for medical and physical disabilities.

All documentation must provide:

  • diagnostic information,
  • including a description of the nature and extent of the disability,
  • assessment information on which the diagnosis is based,
  • and recommendations for reasonable accommodations to offset the impact of the disability in the university setting.

Disability Support Services Program maintains a list of clinicians in the Baltimore-Washington area who provide testing for learning disabilities, ADHD and psychological disabilities. It is available to students upon request.

Documentation Guidelines for Specific Disabilities

The DSSP Handbook provides guidelines for the following:

  • ADHD
  • Aspergers
  • Blindness/Low Vision
  • Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Medical Disabilities/Physical Disabilities
  • Psychological Disabilities
  • TBI
  • Temporary Medical and Physical Conditions