New Undergraduate Students
Register in the Disability Services Program (DSP) by submitting:
- Appropriate documentation (medical and/or psychoeducational)
- Student Intake – this is where you formally request accommodations
- Meetings with DSP staff members may be arranged by calling 303-871-2278 / 2455; or on the 4th Floor of Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, 1999 East Evans Ave.
Students needing assistance in completing forms should contact DSP.
All publications and forms are available, upon request, in hard copy or alternate formats through the DSP office.
Do you need academic support beyond your accommodations? The Learning Effectiveness Program (LEP) is a fee-for-service program available to students who have learning disabilities and/or ADHD.
Question: What are the differences between the DSP and LEP programs?
Answer: Most DU students who have documented disabilities (of any type; there are more than 700 DSP students) use accommodations provided through the DSP. Almost all LEP students (approximately 200) also are registered with DSP for accommodations.
Accommodations provided through DSP are FREE to qualifying students.
Accommodations are arranged in an individualized collaborative manner, based on appropriate documentation of the disability. DSP also provides referral services for students who think they may have a learning disability but have never been tested.
Students who wish to receive accommodations must self-disclose their disability to a DSP staff person. Upon disclosure, students are required to fill out an Intake packet and releases, and to provide documentation of their disability.
It is crucial that both prospective and current students contact DSP well ahead of the beginning of the first quarter they seek accommodations.
Appropriate accommodations through DSP may include:
- Test accommodations (examples: extended time, minimal distraction)
- Alternate format texts & materials
- Course substitutions
- Classroom changes
- Early registration
- Note takers
- Sign language/oral interpreters
- Referrals to other services and programs
FYI: Passage of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504 – confronts discrimination against people who have disabilities and addresses compliance for the public sector, including higher education.