Disability Services

Accommodations Process

The Disability Services Office (DSO) offers services to qualified students with documented physical, medical, visual, hearing, learning, or psychiatric disabilities. All student requests for accommodations must be directed to and evaluated by the DSO staff.

Please make your requests in a timely manner to give us time to arrange the necessary accommodations. To request a test accommodation, contact the DSO early in the semester, well in advance of any exams.

Students with disabilities are not required to register with the DSO. However, to receive accommodations, you must register with the DSO and request them. Accommodations may or may not be different than previous disability services you may have received (e.g., in high school).


Academic Accommodations

To request an academic accommodation:

  1. Contact your doctor or another qualified professional and request documentation of your disability. (See our documentation guidelines.)
  2. Download and fill out the request form, giving your reasons for requesting accommodation. Return this form to the DSO along with your documentation. (You may bring documents to our office or send them via mail or fax.)
  3. Schedule an interview with the DSO to review diagnosis, treatment history, learning challenges, and requested accommodations. This interview can take place in person, on the phone, or on Skype.
  4. After reviewing your request and supporting documentation, the director or assistant director will determine whether you are eligible to receive the requested accommodation or an alternative one, and will inform you in writing of this decision.
  5. If approved for an accommodation, you will receive accommodation letters to distribute to your instructors. These letters should be handed directly to the instructors.

Housing/Dining Accommodations

To request a housing accommodation:

  1. Download the Housing information packet with included DSO request form here
  2. Complete the form and return it to the DSO, along with written documentation of your disability. 
  3. Schedule an interview with the DSO to review your request and supporting documentation. (Students who have yet to arrive on campus should download the request packet and send the completed form to the DSO, who will contact the student to review his or her request.)
  4. The DSO will review your request with all necessary campus partners.
  5. The DSO will notfiy you in writing of the decision and inform the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

To request a meal plan accommodation:

                 Please contact Karen Dickinson, Director of Busines Services, to inquire about meal plan accommodations. You can reach her at 617-824-8554 or email                    business_services@emerson.edu


Temporary or Unconfirmed Disabilities

The DSO is not required under law to assist students with temporary disabilities such as injury, psychological trauma, or short-term illness. However, on a case-by-case basis, we sometimes provide accommodations to such students. Documentation is still required. The DSO will evaluate the documentation to determine whether the condition qualifies for accommodations and what accommodations can be arranged.

The DSO can only provide services to students who have disabilities documented by a professional in a field related to the disability. If you think you may have a disability, contact us, the Counseling Center, or the Health and Wellness Center to discuss your concerns and find out how to receive evaluation.