Disability Services for Students

302 Memorial Union Univeristy of Rhode Island Kingston, RI 02881


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302 Memorial Union
50 Lower College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
T: 401-874-2098
F: 401-874-5694
TT via RI Relay: 711
E: dss@etal.uri.edu

Disability Services for Students Vision and Mission 

Disability Services for Students. Disability Services for Students works with students and all units of URI to create inclusive and sustainable learning and working environments. We facilitate access, discourse, and involvement through innovative services, programs, leadership, and collaboration.

In response to the ADAAA (Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act 2008) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, we promote academic success, self-advocacy, and equal opportunity through education, awareness, and the understanding that disability is a matter of cultural diversity.

Additional duties of the office include:

  • Recommend and coordinate reasonable accommodations (exam, course, program, housing, transportation),
  • Encourage student development through self-advocacy and personal decision making,
  • Support student commitment to academic success and retention,
  • Provide information to faculty and administrators regarding disability awareness and inclusion.
  • Help individuals on campus, if necessary, REPORT BIAS and resist bias.
  • Serve as a liaison for students with the PCPD – URI President’s Commission on People with Disabilities.


Disability Services for Students, Dean of Students Office,
Division of Student Affairs.

Disability Services for Students is part of the Dean of Students Office in the Division of Student Affairs. Our office currently consists of our Assistant Dean/Director, three fulltime Coordinators, one Graduate Assistant, and several undergraduate Technical Accommodation Assistants.  In addition, we hire approximately 150 students to help us provide class notes adapted texts, or other supports for eligible students.  Each of us is committed to equal opportunity for all members of  the URI Community.

The office is open from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

We are closed on most Federal and State Holidays.

We work by individual appointment; please call us at 401-874-2098 (TT: via 711) or email us at dss@etal.uri.edu to make an appointment with your counselor.

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