Support Services For Students With Disabilities

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The mission of Support Services for Students with Disabilities is to ensure that students who are otherwise qualified are able to successfully participate in Dordt University's distinctive Christian higher education.

Federal law mandates that no individual with a disability "shall solely on the basis of his handicap be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity." Dordt University complies with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Students are not required to reveal a disability in their college application, but revealing a disability may be beneficial especially if there is a discrepancy in the application information (e.g. GPA and ACT scores). Special admission considerations may be made on a case by case basis if the student does not meet minimum requirements for admission due to a disability. Making the college aware of any disability enables the college to make proper accommodations for the student as soon as he or she arrives on campus.


Dordt University provides academic services support for students who qualify, including those with learning, mobility, sensory, health, or psychological disabilities. The Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities (CSSD) arranges for services with individual students.

Services available include the following:

  • course supports: note taking, testing accommodations
  • tutoring
  • course advising
  • screening and referral for diagnostic testing
  • faculty advocacy
  • pre-registration
  • campus accessibility
  • housing arrangements
  • inter-agency communication (e.g., Vocational Rehabilitation)

Assistive Technologies available through the ASK Center include the following:

  • recorded books
  • Kurzweil text-to-voice software
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking voice-to-text software

The college studying and reading load requires significant and sustained effort; therefore, students with disabilities may be advised to take a reduced course load. The services provided do not lower course standards or alter degree requirements, but they give students with disabilities an equal opportunity to learn and demonstrate their abilities.

Students with disabilities

Students with learning disabilities can initiate services by contacting the CSSD as soon as they are accepted. The students need to provide comprehensive documentation by a qualified professional that includes assessment results and recommendations. On the basis of the documentation, reasonable accommodations are made on a case by case basis; therefore, the assessment is most useful if it is no more than three years old. Students currently enrolled in a K-12 school district are usually eligible for free testing from the district.

Students with sensory, mobility, or health disabilities should forward a recent and complete medical report to the CSSD.

Students who are currently receiving services from a rehabilitation agency should have their caseworker contact the CSSD.

Students who are currently registered with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic should submit their ID number to the CSSD.

Students taking a reduced course load due to a disability may be granted full-time status regarding housing and financial aid.

For more information, write or call:

Dordt University, Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities
Academic Enrichment Center
700 7th St NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250

Ph: (712) 722-6490