Disability Support Services (DSS) at the University of Central Arkansas is committed to compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other relevant state and federal legislation. The mission of DSS is to maximize each student's educational potential while helping him or her develop and maintain independence. Our philosophy is one that encourages self-awareness, self-determination, self-advocacy and independence in a comprehensively accessible environment.
While complying with the letter of the law, DSS also embraces the spirit of the Americans with Disability Act and the Rehabilitation Act by providing services to all students with permanent or temporary disabilities to ensure that all University programs and activities are accessible.
You are encouraged to visit DSS and learn more about the services available to you. Early planning is essential for many of the resources and accommodations provided so we ask that you contact us at the earliest possible date in order for us to assist with your needs.
The decision to use services is a matter of individual choice. Our experience has been that students achieve higher levels of academic and personal success when they demonstrate initiative and assertiveness, begin preparing for college or graduate school early, and are aware of and can communicate their strengths and weaknesses along with appropriate accommodations. The student's responsibility is to become informed about and to make use of the resources and services that are available.
DSS will respond to telephone inquiries and referrals by sending the appropriate or requested information about Disability Support Services, as well as an invitation to visit the University. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the University and DSS prior to the start of their first semester.