Disability Support Services (DSS) is part of the Towson University commitment to promoting a diverse and inclusive campus that is welcoming to all. DSS collaborates with students, faculty and staff to ensure equal opportunity and create an accessible educational experience for students with disabilities.
DSS provides accommodations and services to students with disabilities who register with our office. Students initiate the process of registering by completing a DSS application. Accommodations are based on documentation of the disability and a personal interview. The office is staffed with DSS specialists from various professional backgrounds who work with students on an individual basis by providing assistance, support, consultation and advocacy. DSS includes a Testing Services Center that provides testing accommodations to students registered with DSS. The office also works with students and partners across campus to remove barriers and promote accessibility.
DSS serves enrolled Towson University students with documented disabilities at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Disabilities include, but are not limited to, learning, physical/mobility, vision, hearing, chronic health and mental health disabilities. The office also works with students with some temporary impairments, as appropriate.
Students are encouraged to register with DSS as soon as possible after admission to the university to ensure timely provision of services. We recommend that students maintain regular contact with our office, especially during their first year. This contact provides the opportunity for DSS staff to guide students and to work with them proactively to address any issues that may arise.
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.