Disability Support Services (DSS) provides support services to TCNJ students who have identified themselves as having disabilities. For those with physical challenges, the office provides assistance with accommodations for your residence hall room or academic classroom. For those who have a documented learning disability, we provide support services relative to academic achievement.
In order to be eligible to receive these services, you must provide DSS with written documentation of your disability (preferably taken either during your high school years or within the last three years.) Documentation from individuals with identified learning disabilities should be provided by a certified learning specialist. Others with physical, psychological*, or attentional challenges may require detailed information from their physicians, psychologists, neurologists, etc. Disability Support Services highly regards the confidentiality of each individual’s records and all documents will be securely filed with DSS.
Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Identifies/obtains ASL interpreters and C Print transcriptionists
- Assists in identifying note-takers
- Addresses communication and safety concerns
- Arranges for alternative testing accommodations
- Advises about adaptive technology equipment
- Addresses mobility concerns
- Assists in obtaining taped textbooks, note-takers
- Resolves problems of physical inaccessibility
- Initiates adaptations to residence hall rooms/classrooms
Learning/Attentional/Psychological Disability *
- Requests extended time on exams/assignments
- Assists in obtaining taped textbooks, note-taker
- Acts as liaison to applicable support services
It is the student’s responsibility to contact DSS to arrange an appointment with the DSS Administrator. This discussion will enable you to best utilize the office and its services and to help assure a smoother transition into the college environment. For very specific accommodation needs that may be time -sensitive, it is important to contact the office as soon as possible (e.g. sign language interpreters, major residence hall adjustments, etc.).
* The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a resource for students seeking help with mental health issues. Brief individual counseling is available to all students, along with topical counseling groups and workshops. Contact CAPS in Eickhoff Hall 107 or call them at 609-771-2247.
For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.