Student Disability Service
Welcome to the Student Disability Service
Swarthmore College welcomes students with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of college life. Our mission is to ensure that students with physical, medical, learning or psychological disabilities are provided with equal access to all college programs, activities and services. Our policy is consistent with relevant governmental statues and regulations, including those pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Federal Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
About the Office of Student Disability Service
The Coordinator of Learning Resources and Student Disability Service, Leslie Hempling, advises students about the College's policy, procedures and resources. The Coordinator oversees College compliance with agreed upon, reasonable accommodations and collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to facilitate appropriate accommodations that support students' individual needs. For more information, contact Leslie Hempling at email@example.com or 610-690-5014 or by faxing 610-328-8487.
Accommodations and Registering with the Student Disability Service
As defined by the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act of 1990 (amended in 2008) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a qualified person with a disability is a person who meets the essential eligibility requirements of the academic program or service, with or without a reasonable accommodation. Disability is defined by the ADA as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities, a record of such an impairment or being regarded as having such an impairment."
The Student Disability Service is happy to work with students with documented disabilities to identify appropriate academic accommodations. Reasonable accommodations refer to modifications that provide students with disabilities equal access to college programs and activities. Accommodations may include the elimination of physical barriers, extended time on tests, note-takers, recording devices, captioning, sign language interpreters, calculator use, computer use, electronic books, screen-readers, voice recognition and other adaptive software or hardware for computers. An accommodation is not considered reasonable if it fundamentally alters the essential elements of an academic program.
To register with the Student Disability Service, contact Leslie Hempling, Coordinator of Student Disability Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-690-5014 to arrange an intake appointment. (For incoming students, we are happy to hold initial appointments by phone.) Please submit documentation of your disability in advance so that we can review it prior to talking with you. We recommend that you contact the office as early as possible since some accommodations (e.g., electronic books, interpreters, etc.) can take a few weeks to arrange. We want to be sure your needs are met in time for classes.
For specific information about housing accommodations, visit the Disability Housing Accommodations site.
For specific information about accommodations for food allergies and related dining issues, visit the Dining Services site. You may also contact Janet Kassab in Dining Services by email or by phone at 610-328-8139 to discuss your situation. You may need to submit medical documentation to the Student Disability Service.