Disability Support Services
Registration and Eligibility
To register with Disability Support Services (DSSP), you must be a currently enrolled Coppin student. Any currently enrolled student who wants disability accommodations and services must:
- be an enrolled Coppin student
- identify as having a disability
- register with Disability Support Services
- provide appropriate disability documentation, as required
Steps to Register with Disability Support Services
Currently enrolled Coppin students are eligible to register for disability accommodations and services. Please note: you must register with Disability Support Services for every semester you desire accommodations.
Step 1: Call or visit the DSSP office to schedule an appointment with a DSSP counselor.
Step 2: Meet with your DSSP counselor for your intake interview to:
- discuss your completed intake application
- verify disability documentation
- discuss and document requested accommodations and services
- identify campus and local resources
- review policies and procedures (i.e. confidentiality, grievance, federal law, etc.)
- review rights and responsibilities
Step 3: Present your disability documentation for review with your counselor. All disability documentation must be:
- complete and up-to-date
- no more than 3 years old
- from a certified professional, medical physician, and/or psychiatric physician
DSSP may provide students additional opportunity to provide appropriate documentation, if original documentation is insufficient. DSSP may also, as appropriate, assist in finding a qualified practitioner to conduct an assessment.
Step 4: Pick up your accommodation letter(s) within 72 hours of your intake interview. Deliver your DSSP-approved accommodation letters to your professors as early as possible each semester you receive approved accommodations.
Step 5: Discuss accommodations with your instructors. After approving accommodations, DSSP also assists students and instructors in implementing accommodations as they relate to specific course requirements.
Step 6: Consult DSSP throughout the semester, as needed. DSSP staff is available to discuss academic progress or concerns, and provide assistance. DSSP staff can provide information about other appropriate programs and services.
Disability Documentation Requirements
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 3 to 5 years, depending upon the nature of the disability and individual circumstances.
The type of documentation needed varies with type of disability:
- Learning and cognitive disabilities require a psycho-educational evaluation
- ADHD and psychological disabilities require a psychiatrist's or psychologist's report
- Medical and physical disabilities require a typed letter or report from a physician
Regardless of disability, all documentation must provide:
- diagnostic information
- description of nature and extent of disability
- assessment information on which diagnosis is based
- reasonable accommodation recommendations to offset impact of disability in the university setting
Our office keeps a list of clinicians in the Baltimore-Washington area who provide testing for ADHD, learning disabilities, and psychological disabilities. We share with students upon request.
DSSP Guidelines for Specific Disabilities
The DSSP Handbook provides guidelines for:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Aspergers Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Blindness/low vision
- Learning disabilities
- Medical disabilities/physical disabilities
- Psychological disabilities
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Temporary medical and physical conditions