Disability Support Services (DSS) supports the mission of Towson University by providing services that afford students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of the educational environment. DSS promotes a broad definition of diversity that appreciates disability as an integral part of the human experience.
The office collaborates with students, faculty and staff to create a welcoming campus that meets the needs of students with disabilities, fosters student independence, and recognizes students on the basis of their abilities rather than their disabilities.
The university offers many services to students with disabilities. Eligibility for these services is determined individually by the DSS office based on documented need. Students are encouraged to register with DSS as soon as possible after admission to the university to ensure timely provision of services.
WHY USE ACCOMMODATIONS?
Freshmen Using Accommodations Have Higher GPAs
A DSS study compared the difference in first semester GPAs between freshmen who used accommodations and freshmen who did not. The difference was significant. The average GPA of DSS students using accommodations was a 3.05 (B grade), as compared to a 2.50 (C+ grade) for DSS students not using accommodations.
WHy Attend DSS Orientation?
Students Attending DSS Fall Transfer Orientation Program Have Higher GPAs
A recent DSS study comparing transfer students who attended the DSS Transfer Orientation Program with transfer students who did not attend showed that attending students had an average GPA of 3.03 (B grade) as compared to a 2.78 grade (C+) for non-attending students.