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About Disability Resource Center

Disability Resource Center (DRC) Mission

Our principle responsibility is to provide services and supports that promote educational equity for students with disabilities.  Assistance includes arranging appropriate accommodations and auxiliary aids necessary for students with disabilities to pursue their academic careers. The Disability Resource Center has been charged by the university to provide students, faculty and staff with assistance and information on issues of access and to ensure full participation for persons with disabilities at SCSU.

Students Served

The Disability Resource Center serves all students who provide current documentation of a disability that substantially impacts them in an educational setting.  Categories of disability include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Mobility/orthopedic disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Blind/Low Vision
  • Deaf/Hearing Impairments
  • Head injuries
  •  Emotional/psychological disabilities
  •  Chronic health-related disabilities
  • Food Allergies/Dietary Needs
  •  Autism Spectrum Disorders

Supports Available  

Below is a list of the services available through the DRC:

  •  Identification and provision of course and testing accommodations and auxiliary aids, including sign-language interpreters, readers, and note takers
  •  Assistance with developing compensatory strategies such as time management, study skills, identifying strengths and weaknesses, etc.
  •  Promotion of self-determination in areas of self-advocacy, goal setting, and career development
  •  Assistance with course selection and registration Supported designated course sections in math -- Mat 095, 102, 103, 107
  •  Access to assistive computer technology and alternate formats. Please see the Center for Adaptive Technology.
  •  Referral to campus, community and state services
  •  Provision of campus accessibility information and access to campus lift- equipped shuttle 

How to Access Services  

Current and Prospective SCSU Students- As soon as possible, call the office to schedule an intake appointment with a Specialist.  Before arriving for the appointment, download and complete the Intake form, located in the left side menu on this page.  Bring the completed form and updated documentation to the appointment.  No accommodations/services will be available until the DRC receives the intake form and appropriate documentation. Accommodations are not retroactive.  

To request information about upcoming workshops for prospective students, contact the Disability Resource Center by telephone (203) 392-6828 (VOICE), 392-6131 (TTY), by email at, or on the web.

General Documentation Guidelines

In order to fully evaluate your eligibility for services and request for accommodations or auxiliary aids, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) requires current documentation of your disability.  Documentation must validate the presence of a disability, as covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and is necessary to support accommodation requests and provision of auxiliary aids and services.  Students with verifiable disabilities, visible or hidden, qualify for services.  All documentation is subject to review and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Equal Opportunity

The University adheres to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. These laws require that no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in this institution's classes, programs, services or facilities.

The University makes reasonable modifications in policies, programs, procedures, and/or facilities, when such modifications are necessary to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities.

Alternate formats

Please contact the DRC if you need this brochure, or any other University publication, in an alternate format, such as, Braille, large-print, audiotape, or electronic text.