Students with Disabilities

Penn State World Campus Student Disability Services works with the Penn State Student Disability Resources office to ensure that each student receives the support they need to succeed in their courses. If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic adjustments, please contact us so we can assist you.

Requesting Accommodation

  1. Disclose your situation by completing the Student Disability Resources Intake Form and submitting it via email to [email protected]
  2. Submit the online contact form to request an intake appointment for a meeting with a Student Disability Services specialist (by phone or other preferred platform) to discuss accommodation needs.
  3. Review the accommodation documentation guidelines so you're familiar with them before speaking to the disability specialist.
  4. Attend your initial meeting with the disability specialist.
  5. Complete the Release of Information form and the Rights and Responsibilities of Students Registered with Student Disability Resources at Penn State University form, and submit both forms via email to [email protected].
  6. Submit any additional required documentation according to the directions provided by the disability specialist.
  7. Request textbooks in an alternative format (if needed).

Documents will be reviewed by Student Disability Services, and you should get a response within seven business days of submitting your documentation.

Common Types of Accommodations

Common accommodations routinely approved for students include extension of time for tests, assistive technology, electronic textbooks or books in alternative formats, or adjustment of nonessential course requirements.

Conditions for Which You Might Be Eligible for Accommodations

Eligibility for accommodations can be the result of a wide variety of conditions and situations. Students are often surprised to learn that their circumstances may meet the criteria.

  • Chronic and lifelong conditions. This includes long-term or permanent conditions such as hearing impairment, blindness, mobility issues, asthma, heart conditions, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), and migraines.
  • Temporary or short-term conditions. This could include situations such as pregnancy, a broken bone, or recovery from surgery.

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Every spring (from January 15 through April 30), the Penn State Student Disability Resources office accepts applications for scholarships.