The mission of Disability Support Services (DSS) is to ensure that students with disabilities have full access to all programs and services at Bowie State University.
The office coordinates services that impact directly students who have disabilities. These services are based on the specific needs of individuals according to their disabilities. Services consist of, but are not limited to, notification to professors regarding recommended accommodations for courses, extended time on tests, note takers, scribes and readers, taped texts, alternative testing, consultation with professors, physicians, psychologists and other specialists, vocational rehabilitation referrals, and sign language interpreters.
This office also seeks to educate faculty, staff, and administrators regarding disabilities in an effort to create greater sensitivity towards individuals who are disabled. Moreover, we attempt to provide the necessary support systems and skills for effective communication throughout the campus community.
Additionally, DDS houses the ADA Resource Center (adaptive technology lab), located in room 104 of the CLT Building, provides a supportive and accessible environment with the latest adaptive technology and software for students with disabilities to study and meet a range of different academic needs.
DSS restates the rights and responsibilities of the University and of individuals with disabilities, in an effort to reach equitable resolutions to problems that are free of contempt and opposition for concerned parties.
Students with disabilities are held to the same academic standards as all other students. Professors are not expected to lower their expectations or evaluation standards. The various services and accommodations provided by Disability Support Services are designed to give students every opportunity to be full participants in the academic process. Accordingly, DSS seeks to minimize or eliminate the need for faculty to provide accommodations for students with disabilities. This approach emphasizes the students' responsibility and independence and enables the faculty to devote its attention to instruction. DSS also provides an appropriate level of counseling regarding accommodation services.
Rights and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities
An individual with a disability has a right to an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs offered at Bowie State University. An Individual with a disability has the same obligation as any other student to meet and maintain the institution's academic and technical standards.
Bowie State University maintains a policy of equal opportunity for all persons. No person shall be subject to discrimination under any program or activity of the University on the basis of gender, sexual preference, race, age, color, religion, national origin, or disability.
|Michael S. Hughes, coordinator
Disability Support Services
Center for Business and Graduate Studies, Room 1328
|Jeff Gittens, technical assistant
Disability Support Services and Academic Advisement Center
Center for Business and Graduate Studies, Room 1320
ADA Resource Centers (Computer Labs)
Center for Learning and Technology, Room 104
Center for Business and Graduate Studies, Room 1330