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Students with Disabilities

Learning, Physical, Psychiatric, Social, & Emotional

Students living with a visible or hidden disability may need specific needs or accommodations as a result of their conditions. Students who have documentation of a physical, learning, or psychiatric disability are eligible to receive accommodations from the ACCESS Office (UVM's Disibility Services Office). These accommodations can be any reasonable adjustments to the academic environment that address the barriers to learning, and assist students in achieving their academic and career aspirations. Information on students with learning disabilities, psychiatric/psychological disabilities, social and emotional disabilities can be found in the section that follows. 

When you are aware that a student has a documented disability and would benefit from additional support:


  1. Speak to the student in private about your concerns.
  2. Refer the student to ACCESS (UVM's Disibility Services Office) 802-656-7753
  3. Acknowledge the difficulties the student is experiencing.
  4. Be sensitive that low self-esteem may be associated with the disability.
  5. Be aware that ACCESS Staff may need to contact a faculty member and/or T. A. to follow up on accommodations.
  6. Be aware that all disabilities need medical documentation before the student is eligible for services from ACCESS.


  1. Assume the student knows s/he may qualify for assistance from ACCESS.
  2. Assume the student wants to receive assistance from ACCESS.
  3. Pressure the student to acknowledge his/her disability.
  4. Speak to the student in a derogatory manner.

Last modified March 19 2014 10:28 PM