The primary goal of the University of Maine Disability Support Services (DSS) is to create educational access for students with disabilities at UMaine by providing a point of coordination, information and education for those students and the campus community. Some of the services provided or coordinated for students with disabilities include advising, special orientation to campus, readers, tape recorders, note takers, ordering taped texts, classroom relocation, priority registration, mediation and advisement on disability issues, classroom accommodations, as well as personal, educational, and vocational counseling. The staff of DSS promotes self-determination and personal responsibility for students with disabilities by educating them about their rights and responsibilities so that they can make informed choices in order to meet or exceed the standards expected of all students at The University of Maine.
Students believed to be learning disabled without documentation can be screened through this office and referred for assessment. It is the policy of The University of Maine to provide reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with disabilities. Federal law, the Rehabilitation Act of 1993, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Maine Human Rights Act established the rights of individuals with disabilities. These laws provide that the recipients of federal funds, employers and places of public access, shall make reasonable accommodation to the known physical and mental limitations of an otherwise qualified person with a disability.