Rock Valley College

Disability Support Services Mission

In conjunction with the college's core values and overall mission, the Disability Support Services office leads the campus community in its commitments to recognize and appreciate disability as a valued aspect of diversity, to design more welcoming and inclusive environments, and to ensure that all aspects of campus life are universally accessible.

To accomplish its mission, the DSS office:

  • Provides institution-wide advisement, consultation, and training on disability-related topics, including legal and regulatory compliance, universal design, and disability scholarship;
  • Provides individual services and facilitate accommodations to students with disabilities;
  • Collaborates with partners to identify and remove barriers to foster an all-inclusive campus that is physically, programmatically, and attitudinally accessible to all students with disabilities; and
  • Engages and supports the campus community in progressive system change to promote an accessible and inclusive climate for all students with disabilities.

Vision Statement:

The Disability Support Services (DSS) office envisions a College community that is universally accessible to all members of the campus community; an environment in which all offices and departments share the responsibility of providing an equal opportunity to students with disabilities; and a community where everyone is recognized for their talents and abilities to be a contributing member.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

The following student learning outcomes (SLOs), based on the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), serve as the foundation for which to guide practice and create quality programs for student learning.

SLO 1: Students will identify educational barriers and functional limitations that result from their disability.

SLO2: Students will request and utilize accommodations using DSS guidelines.

SLO 3: Students will engage in communication with professors when accommodations are needed.

SLO 4: Students will endorse a more positive view of disability as a result of interactions with, and information provided by, DSS.

SLO 5: Students will actively participate in conflict resolution when necessary by following the appropriate policies and procedures.