Disability Support Services

Services for Students

The Office of Academic Development provides services and coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. Students who wish to receive accommodations from the university due to a disability must meet with Disability Support Services (DSS) in the Office of Academic Development at Knight Hall. In order to receive accommodations, students must meet with DSS before each semester that they are enrolled at the university. Students with disabilities are accommodated on an individual basis to best meet their particular needs. We will discuss reasonable and appropriate accommodations with students and assist them with arranging those accommodations. All discussion between our staff and students is strictly confidential. Students are not required to reveal a disability unless they will need accommodations. 

Other Support Services Available to Student with Disabilities

The DSS staff can provide one-to-one instruction in time management, organizational skills, prioritizing, or other reading, learning and study strategies. Peer tutoring is free to all undergraduate students enrolled at the university. Advanced peer tutors and graduate assistants are available to work with students who have specialized needs. Students with disabilities may discuss their need for these services with our staff.

Our Mission

Arcadia University is committed to providing qualified students with documented disabilities equal access to programs, facilities and services in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The mission of Disability Support Services is to work in cooperation with students, faculty, staff and the campus community to promote a universally designed environment and to ensure that university opportunities at Arcadia are accessible and equally available to all qualified students. In addition, DSS works to promote students’ self-advocacy skills and their academic abilities.

Our Staff

We are located on the first floor of Knight Hall. Our mailing address is 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038.

Name/Profile Title Phone Email
Kathryn Duffy Disabilities Services Coordinator 215-572-2122 duffyk@arcadia.edu
Jessica Holdren Disability Specialist 215-572-4686 holdrenj@arcadia.edu 
Linda Pizzi Director of Academic Development 215-572-4086 pizzi@arcadia.edu 
Gina Szweda Office Assistant 215-572-4033 szwedag@arcadia.edu