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disability services

Disability Services promotes an accessible educational and campus-wide experience by coordinating services and accommodations for students with disabilities.

Salem State is committed to providing appropriate services and accommodations that allow self-identified students with disabilities to access all resources, programs and activities at the university as stated in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. 

Eligibility of Services

By law, a student with a disability does not have to self-disclose or register with disability services, although we encourage them to do so. If they are seeking academic accommodations or adjustments, they must contact our office to request services.

In order to determine eligibility for an academic adjustment/auxiliary aid, the student must register at disability services and provide documentation of the disability. The documentation must be current, provide a clear diagnosis by the appropriate medical professional and specify the functional limitations related to the disorder. At that point, a decision of appropriate academic accommodations is made. These determinations are made on a case-by-case basis.

Once it is determined that a student is eligible to receive services, it is important to note that they still must follow established policies of disability services in regards to timeliness of requests and completing necessary request forms in order to properly coordinate accommodations. Students must request accommodations for each semester they attend Salem State.

Planning an Event for Students

For faculty or staff planning events for Salem State students, please include the following statement on all flyers and electronic communications.  

To request an accommodation for this event, please contact disability services at 978.542.6217 or send them an email.

Contact Us

To make an appointment to discuss any accommodations that you may require during orientation, student testing, living in the residence halls, or in the classroom please contact our office:

Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons, room 20
North Campus
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm
Phone: 978.542.6217
Video Phone: 978.910.0167
TTY: 978.542.7146
Fax: 978.542.2064

Mailing Address

Disability Services
Salem State University
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970

Lisa Bibeau, assistant dean
Joseph Kelleher, assistant director
Mary Gribbins, assistant director for interpreting services
Jennifer McDowell, alternative text specialist
Emily Mercer, staff assistant
Lauren Bass, administrative assistant II

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