Reasonable Accommodations for Disabilities

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SPHSC) is committed to ensuring that otherwise qualified students with disabilities are given equal access through reasonable accommodations to its services, programs, activities, education and employment. SPHSC works closely with Disability Resources for Students-DRS (Seattle campus) in this process and DRS is the contact point for students with permanent or temporary disabilities interested in requesting reasonable accommodations due to the effects of a disability.

Students who wish to request reasonable accommodations are encouraged to contact DRS (Seattle) to start the process for documenting their disability and determining eligibility for services prior to the start of the graduate program. While this process can be started at any time, reasonable accommodations may not be implemented retroactively so being timely in requesting your accommodations is very important. The University does have policies regarding the type of documentation required in order to diagnose different disabilities and a process for requesting accommodations. To learn more about the process for establishing services through these offices please contact the DRS office:

Disability Resources for Students (Seattle)
448 Schmitz Hall, Box 355839
Seattle, WA 98195-5839
206-543-8924 (V/TTY)
206-685-8379 (FAX)

Students with disabilities are expected to perform all the essential functions of the program with or without reasonable accommodation. SPHSC will work with the student and DRS to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations. While SPHSC will make every effort to work with our students with disabilities to accommodate their disability-related needs, it is important to note we are not required to provide requested accommodations that would fundamentally alter the essential functions or technical standards of the program.