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Disability Support Services (DSS)

About DSS

Clark College and the Disability Support Services (DSS) office assist students with disabilities in pursuing their educational goals. Clark College is committed to assuring that its services, programs, and activities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. DSS can provide classroom accommodations, as well as serve as a resource to the campus community in striving to make Clark College both an accessible and hospitable place for students with disabilities. We strive to create a welcoming environment for diverse students seeks disability accommodations. We also promote Clark's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) events and resources.

Visit ODEI page

Interested in getting accommodations?

View the Steps for Requesting Accommodations located in the right navigation for steps to getting started. Step 1 is a short Getting Started questionnaire. If you are a current student or a prospective student with a disability and feel you would benefit from accommodation, we hope you will contact the Disability Support Services Office! We are here to support you on your educational path.

Steps for Requesting Accommodations

Need a Sign Language Interpreter or captioning?

DSS can try to provide interpreters for meetings, classes, or events with advanced notice. New students can also request interpreters if you plan to visit campus There is a national shortage of interpreters but we are doing our best. Please request as early as you can and if there is a secondary time for your meeting, please add that in the note section at the end of the request form: Request a Sign Language Interpreter or Captioning.

Request a Sign Language Interpreter or Captioning

Hours of Operation

We support students in multiple ways: by phone, email, Zoom, or in-person.

Connect Online

Drop In Hours

Students with approved accommodations or interested in starting accommodations can join us. When you enter the meeting you may wait in the Zoom Waiting Room for a couple of minutes before staff allow you in and greet you.

Thursdays: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

DSS Drop In Zoom Room
Zoom Phone

You may also phone in to the DSS Zoom drop-in times by calling 253-215-8782 and follow the prompts. You will need to enter our meeting ID number 91265870977 when prompted to do so. (Please be aware that this is a Tacoma based phone number and may incur long distance charges depending on your phone service.)

DSS Zoom Phone

In Person

Fall Term Hours

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
In Person and Remote Support available

Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Lobby is closed and remote support available (email/phone/Zoom appointments)

Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lobby is closed and remote support available

For Thursdays and Fridays when we are remote:
Scheduled proctoring appointments in advance will still occur, students need to schedule 5 business days in advanced. Students can schedule in myDSS or contact us for support.

Physical Location

Penguin Union Building (PUB) 013. Visit our Campus Maps webpage or contact us for location questions.

Campus Map

Upcoming Events and/or Activities:

 

Finals Chill Out Space:

Fall Term: Tuesday, December 12th, 11a.m.-3p.m. in PUB 002 (formerly Career Services). Space for relaxing or studying with FREE grab & go snacks, an art station, and quiet music. There will also be a DSS staff person or DSS peer mentor available if you need to check in with someone 1:1. This event is located down the hallway from Disability Support Services in room PUB 002.

 

Disability Peer Mentors:

Are you a newer DSS student who wants to check in with a mentor about your accommodations? Or are you struggling with your courses and want some peer support? Do you want to just hang out with students with disabilities? If you are interested in learning about our peer mentor program, email DSS at dss@clark.edu.

 

ADHD Skills Group:

On Zoom, Wednesdays at 1p.m., starting January 31.

Group is 6 weeks long, registration open until 2/7.

Open to all Clark students with ADHD, or ADHD-like challenges.

Do you struggle to stay focused, get motivated, or follow through on assignments? Has online learning been a challenge? Then this group is for you! Our group is a place to form connections with other students dealing with similar issues, share ideas, and learn ADHD management skills to help you succeed in the college environment. Contact Beth with questions at evanbuecken@clark.edu.

Register for the ADHD Skills Group
 

Autism Spectrum Success Group:

On Zoom, Thursdays from 12-1pm, starting Feb 1st.

Group is 5 weeks long, registration open until 2/8.

Open to all Clark students with Autism or suspected Autism.

Do you identify as neurodivergent/Autistic/a student on the Autism Spectrum, including Asperger's Syndrome? Interested in making new friends, checking in on your week, and discussing strategies for personal and academic success? Join us for our exciting 5-week Autism Spectrum Group! We will meet over Zoom every Thursday from 12pm-1pm starting the 4th week of each quarter (excluding summers). This is a friendly, supportive environment that is affirming of the neurodiversity paradigm. Group is open to any Clark College student with Autism or suspected Autism. For more information, please email Shayna (scollins@clark.edu).

Register for the Autism Support Group