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Welcome to Student Disability Services

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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 statutes and regulations, including those pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (amended in 2008), Title IX of the Federal Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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The Student Disability Services Staff, Director Monica Vance (Parrish 113) and Assistant Director Jenna Rose (Parrish 123), advises students about the College's policy, procedures and resources, reviews students' documentation, and collaborates with students, faculty and staff to arrange reasonable accommodations that support students' individual needs. 

Arranging Accommodations

The Student Disability Service is happy to work with students with documented disabilities to identify appropriate 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, notetakers, 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. Please be aware that the Student Disability Service is not able to provide retroactive accommodations. Students need to register with the Student Disability Service first and submit documentation of a disability. Accommodations begin once the student has a formal accommodations letter.

If you are a current student and your last name begins with letters A through K, please contact Monica by emailing or calling 610-328-7358. Current students whose last names begins with letters L through Z, should contact Jenna by emailing or calling 610-690-5538.

Registering with the Student Disability Service

Please contact the Student Disability Services staff at, call Monica Vance at 610-328-7358, or Jenna Rose at 610-690-5538  to arrange an intake appointment. We are happy to hold initial appointments for incoming students by phone.  If at all possible, please submit documentation of your disability in advance so that we can review it prior to talking with you. We recommend that you contact us as early as possible since some accommodations (e.g., electronic books, interpreters, etc.) can take a several weeks to arrange.  We want to be sure that your needs are met in time for classes.

If you are a prospective student interested in receiving more information about the Student Disability Service, please contact Monica Vance or Jenna Rose.

Visit the Accommodations Process and the Documentation Guidelines  sections in the "For Students" section of this website for all details.

Important Note about Housing and Dining Accommodations

If you are seeking Housing Accommodations, please also visit the Disability Housing Accommodations site to begin that process.

If you are seeking dining accommodations for food allergies and related dining issues, please follow the instructions found on Dining Services' Allergies & Intolerances site. Dining Services will contact you to discuss your needs.