Disability Support Services

Fairfield University is committed to providing qualified students who have disabilities an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights, and privileges of its services, programs, and activities in an accessible setting. Furthermore, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Connecticut state laws, we provide accommodations to reduce the impact of their disabilities on academic functioning or upon other major life activities. These legal requirements are in keeping with our Jesuit mission and policy of non-discrimination.

The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) is responsible for evaluating and coordinating appropriate auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities in an effort to ensure their full participation in all University activities, programs, and services. DSS interacts with students with disabilities in the determination and facilitation of individualized accessibility plans each semester. We also serve as a liaison between students, faculty, and staff.

Director
Jennifer L. Claydon, Ph.D.
jclaydon@fairfield.edu

Operations Assistant
Kerry Lusebrink
klusebrink@fairfield.edu

Stags in the Field Student Intern
Emily Stevens
emily.stevens@student.fairfield.edu

Disability Law

Federal and state laws require that no qualified student with a disability shall, solely by reason of a disability, be denied participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity offered by the University. Each qualified student shall receive reasonable accommodations needed to obtain equal access to programs and activities.

These legal requirements are in keeping with our Jesuit mission and our policy of non-discrimination. Fairfield University encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Director of Disability Support Services in advance of your participation or visit.

It is important to note that students who were eligible for services at the secondary level may not necessarily be eligible for services or accommodations at the post-secondary level. More information about these differences can be found at the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/parent-20070316.html