It is the mission of Disability Support Services (DSS) to be committed to providing access to the educational environment for students. DSS also assists faculty, staff, and visitors with accommodation requests to help ensure equal access and opportunity.

The role of Disability Support Services at Rice University is:

  •  To obtain and file disability-related documents,
  •  To certify eligibility for services,
  •  To help to determine reasonable accommodations,
  •  To develops plans for the provision of accommodations for students, faculty, staff and visitors, and
  •  To advise Rice University regarding the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

It is the goal of DSS, in the pursuit of its mission and its role, to achieve the standards for excellence from the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).

Furthermore, DSS is committed to providing service that is:

  • Accessible to all
  • Accepting of differences
  •  Inclusive of diversity
  •  Respectful of needs, and
  •  Knowledgeable in implementation

Students (including graduate students and postdoctoral trainees), faculty or staff members who may need accommodations should contact Disability Support Services to discuss their needs and begin the registration process. Disability related requests for accommodations and services are evaluated individually, based on documentation and completion of the registration process.


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Disability Etiquette in the Workplace PowerPoint  

ADA statement for faculty to use on syllabi