Disability Services for Students

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New Students:

URI Orientation and New Student Programs for Admitted Students

Disability Services for Students works collaboratively with New Student Programs and Orientation to welcome new students with disabilities.

During the month of June, the New Student Programs operate eight separate 2-day sessions for first-year students and one one-day session for transfer students. Disability Services for Students is available during each session of New Student Orientation to discuss your needs.

If you need an accommodation during orientation, for example on the math placement exam, please indicate your needs as you register online for your Orientation Session.  Please submit your documentation to Disability Services for Students ONE WEEK BEFORE the Orientation Session begins.  DSS will then recommend the appropriate accommodation to the correct office.   You can email a PDF document (psychological report, letter from a certifying specialist) to dss@etal.uri.edu.  Please see our documentation guidelines at http://web.uri.edu/disability/documentation/.

If you would like additional information, you may also contact:
Disability Services for Students: (401) 874-2098 or Email: dss@etal.uri.edu

New Student Programs: Phone: (401) 874-5927 Email: newram@etal.uri.edu

New Student’s Parents and Families may speak with a DSS representative:

Family of First Year Students:
We are available to speak with you on the First Day at the Family Reception and Services Fair at Hope Commons from 1:15 – 2:30 pm.  We can also be available for brief private discussions by appointment from 2:30 pm – 4 pm on that day.

On the Second Day, we invite you to attend our “Up Close and Personal” discussions with our Assistant Dean of Students/Accessibility & Inclusion. Information sessions will be at 1pm and again at 2 pm. Details and locations are available in the family guide brochure (to be distributed at orientation).

For more involved confidential discussions and questions, and to ensure our best availability to you, please contact us for an appointment.  Appointments can be conducted by phone or in person at any point before the start of the academic year.

Family of Transfer Students:
We are available to speak with you during the Transfer Orientation Information and Resources fair from 11:30am – 1pm at the Fine Arts Center – look for our banner. We also welcome your visit to our office, by appointment, any time before the start of the academic year.
Please call (401) 874-2098 or Email: dss@etal.uri.edu

Information Session for New Students with Disabilities:

FIRST TUESDAY (ADVISING DAY) of the Fall semester:
This is a great time for us to meet you; you will learn how to request accommodations at the University of Rhode Island; and we can get you set up with your first individual appointment.
Check with our office about this year’s time and location.

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