Disability Support Services (DSS)

How can I contact DSS? 

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

Fall Term Hours

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In Person and Remote Support available. 

Thursdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Lobby is closed and remote support available (email/phone/Zoom appointments). 

Fridays 9 a.m. - 3 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.

Drop In hours

Students with approved accommodations or interested in starting accommodations can join us.

DSS Zoom Drop-in: 

Thursdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Full Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/91265870977

  • 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.)
  • 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.

Contact Info

  • DSS Main Phone: 360-992-2314. If you have to leave a message, we will return the message within 2 business days and often earlier. 
  • Video Phone for ASL: 360-991-0901
  • Email: dss@clark.edu.
  • Fax: (360) 992-2879.
  • Physical Location: Penguin Union Building (PUB) 013. Visit our Campus Maps webpage or contact us for location questions.

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 partner with Clark's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) at times for events and initiatives, many of our students value the engagement and resources from ODEI.

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.  

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.

Navigating our Physical Campus

For students with vision disabilities needing navigation support, Clark's Welcome Center and DSS office have brailled campus map booklets which include the main campus map as well as building maps.   We can also mail these booklets to students upon request. These booklets are free of charge. Also, for those working with WA School for the Blind or Department and Services for the Blind you can request  Orientation and Mobility (O&M) lessons on campus. If you or your O&M support staff have questions such as how to access your classrooms before the term begins,  please contact us.

Upcoming Events and/or Activities:

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 1:00 p.m., starting October 11th.   Group is 6 weeks long, registration open until October 14th. 
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 here for the ADHD Skills Group.

Autism Spectrum Success Group: 

On Zoom, Thursdays from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., starting October 19th.  Group is 5 weeks long, registration open until October 26th.  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 12 p.m.-1 p.m. 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) or register here for the Autism Support goup. 

Student with Disabilities Luncheon

Fall Term: Tuesday, October 24th from 11am-1:30pm in PUB 161.