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Office of Disability Services

What does the academic term Office of Disability Services mean in higher education?

Office of Disability Services

Office of Disability Services definition

Short Definition

Office of Disability Services is the department responsible for providing accommodations and support services to students with disabilities.

In-depth Overview

Office of Disability Services

Long definition: The Office of Disability Services, often referred to as Disability Support Services or a similar name, is a department within a college or university dedicated to providing support and accommodations to students with disabilities. Its primary goal is to ensure equal access to educational opportunities for all students, regardless of their disabilities. The office works with students to determine appropriate accommodations, such as extended testing time, accessible classroom materials or sign language interpreters and assists in creating an inclusive learning environment.

Etymology: The term "disability services" signifies the focus on providing assistance and support to individuals with disabilities to help them succeed in an academic setting.

Synonyms or related academic terms:

  • Disability Support Services
  • Office of Accessibility Services

Examples of Use:

  • Students with documented disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Services to request accommodations.
  • The university's Office of Accessibility Services ensures that all campus facilities are wheelchair-accessible.
  • John received note-taking assistance through Disability Support Services during his classes.

Spanish: Oficina de Servicios de Discapacidad
French: Bureau des Services aux Personnes Handicapées
German: Büro für Behindertendienste
Italian: Ufficio dei Servizi per Disabili
Portuguese: Gabinete de Apoio a Pessoas com Deficiência
Japanese: 障害者支援オフィス (Shōgaisha Shien Ofisu)
Chinese (Simplified): 残疾人服务办公室 (Zànjírén Fúwù Bàngōngshì)
Hindi: विकलांग सेवा कार्यालय (Vikalāṅg Sevā Kāryālay)

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Miscellaneous higher education terms > University administrative divisions

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