Disability Services

Mission Statement

Disability Services at Gustavus Adolphus College is dedicated to providing equal access to the college’s curriculum, programs, services, and facilities. We partner with students to empower ongoing development, teach strategies for academic success, educate the campus community about disability as diversity, and encourage a welcoming climate.

We do this by:

  • Determining individualized and flexible academic accommodations for students with disabilities.
  • Assisting students to communicate with professors regarding learning needs.
  • Helping students to develop awareness of individual learning strengths and challenges.
  • Holding regular meetings with students who request them to teach academic skills, develop goals, foster self-advocacy, or provide accountability.
  • Connecting students with technologies to facilitate learning such as books in audio format, screen readers, and Smartpens.
  • Identifying and accessing campus and community resources that may be helpful.
  • Educating the campus about disabilities and universal design practices.

Who We Serve

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) states that a person with a disability is someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a history of such an impairment, or is perceived by others as having such an impairment. For more information on the ADAAA: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/adaaa_notice.cfm

There is no comprehensive list of disabilities that are eligible for services. We serve students with a variety of conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Learning disabilities (dyslexia, dyscalculia)
  • Mental health conditions (depression, anxiety)
  • Chronic health conditions (gastrointestinal, migraines, diabetes)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Blind or low vision
  • Asperger’s and autism spectrum disorders
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Physical disabilities and mobility limitations (cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis)
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
  • Temporary injuries and health conditions (concussion, broken arm)

Any student interested in pursuing services with Disability Services should make an appointment with our staff. Each student’s situation is unique and is handled on a case-by-case basis.

Documentation is not needed to start the accommodation process.