DSS Services and Resources
Alternate Format & Books on Tape
DSS must be supplied in advance of the semester with the necessary information (book name, author & edition ISBN number) in order to access Alternative format books for students.
DSS maintains an account with Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic and when given sufficient time can also work with textbook publishers to secure permission to access E-texts. Students are advised to use priority registration in order to select classes early enough so that the student may contact their course departments regarding book lists in advance. In order to secure alternate format students must send their requests to DSS prior to the start of the semester.
DSS has a limited supply of equipment that may be borrowed on a short-term loan basis, such as tape recorders, an FM amplification system, and Telephone Typewriters (TTY.) Elevator keys are available on a temporary basis for students requiring them. A deposit is required.
Volunteer and/or paid note-takers are utilized to assist students unable to take notes. Students can be given the Request for Note-taker/ Reader Form from their DSS counselor. NCR (carbon-free) paper is provided on an as-needed basis. DSS does not photocopy notes for students.
DSS does not have a tutoring program. However, there are many tutoring resources on campus. Please check out these websites for more information
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The professional counseling staff at Disability Support Services includes a Learning Disabilities Specialist and two Clinical Social Workers. These counselors are available for confidential consultation, crisis intervention and brief supportive counseling.
For students with psychological disabilities, a DSS Counselor can provide medical referrals and act as a supportive liaison between the community mental health professionals and the University. This Counselor can also help the student identify ways to enhance academic performance by reducing stress through lifestyle and environmental adjustments. Students are advised to seek frequent consultations to establish a close working relationship.
Workshops on various topics that promote health, emotional balance and personal development are scheduled based on student need and interest. Managing anxiety, assertiveness training, leadership skills and meditation techniques are examples of the types of workshops that may be offered. Support groups for students meet regularly. Call DSS if you are interested in participating in a group.
The Learning Disabilities Specialist can assist students with learning-based disabilities to negotiate their coursework. Individual and group workshops for improving study skills and test-taking are available upon request. The Learning Disabilities Specialist is available for referral for diagnostic testing and educational programming, to meet accommodation needs and to provide in-service training to the University community.
Students registered with DSS are entitled to Priority Registration beginning with their second semester at Stony Brook. Priority Registration allows registered students with disabilities to consider their specific disability needs with regard to the scheduling of classes. Priority Registration dates and information are available through SOLAR enrollment appointments. (Typically early November and April.)
To take advantage of this policy, students are responsible for 1) preparing their class schedule on time and 2) clearing any blocks due to library fines, parking tickets, inadequate health records, etc.
When arranging your schedule, it is important to consider the time necessary to travel from building to building between classes. Also consider where you might have to park and the particular accessibility features of the buildings you will be using. Be sure to avoid scheduling classes back to back if you need extended test time. Disability Support Services can answer questions about campus accessibility.
DSS Student Lounge
The DSS student lounge provides an informal location for students to meet. Lockers are available for both short term and semester use. Personal computers may be used by students to check e-mail, grades etc. Students Taking Aim at Challenges (STAC) also meets regularly in the lounge.
Students Taking Aim at Challenges
Students Taking Aim at Challenges (STAC) is a polity-funded club for students with and without disabilities. STAC's goals are to increase accessibility, promote awareness of issues faced by individuals with disabilities and to provide socialization opportunities for club members. Information about the club and meeting dates/times are available through the DSS office.