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Disability Services

Penn State encourages academically qualified students with disabilities to take advantage of its educational programs. It is the policy of the University not to discriminate against persons with disabilities in its admissions policies or procedures or its educational programs, services and activities.

As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 1990, a person with a disability, is any person who:

  • Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities include, but are not limited to self-care, manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
  • Has a record of a substantially limiting condition.
  • Is regarded as substantially limited.

These would be individuals who have one of the following:

  • Physical Disability - (loss of fine motor functions due to accident, injury, or illness)
  • Neurological Impairment - (impairment of neurological function as result of injury, illness, or birth)
  • Psychological Disability - (an impairment in mental functioning that requires special assistance)
  •  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - (ADHD that has been diagnosed by a licensed professional)
  • Learning Disability - (a learning disability that has been diagnosed by a licensed professional)
  • Hearing Impairment - (any impairment in hearing that requires assistance
  •  Vision Impairment - (any impairment in vision that requires assistance)

For more information about services for disabled students, you may access the Penn State University Disability Services web page at http://www.equity.psu.edu/ods/.

Campus Disability Contact Liaisons:

The Coordinator of the Learning Center serves as campus representative for matters concerning disabled students. Additional assistance is available with physical disabilities from Health Services.

Eileen Giovagnoli
Learning Center Coordinator
Hawk Success Center, Study Learning Center 11

Jill Thoman
Campus Health Services Nurse
Hawk Success Center, Study Learning Center 10

Information for Prospective Penn State Students

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to providing access to a quality education for all students, including those with documented disabilities. If a student has a disability and wants to request an accommodation for a course, it is the responsibility of the student to first obtain a University accommodation letter confirming the disability and suggesting appropriate remedies.

This letter can be obtained from the Penn State Office for Disability Services or the campus Disability Contact Liaisons. The contact person for physical, psychological and learning disabilities at Penn State Worthington Scranton is Eileen Giovagnoli, 570-963-2678, emg16@psu.edu.

It is encouraged that students request their accommodation needs early in the semester, and once identified, a reasonable accommodation will be implemented in a timely manner. Students may also access the web site for the Office of Disability Services at University Park: http://equity.psu.edu/ods.

Many prospective students spend a day to visit The Penn State University Park Campus and attend an information session conducted by an admissions counselor, take a tour of campus, and meet with a disability counselor. Please call the Office for Disability Services at (814) 863-1807 if you have any questions about this information or if you would like to schedule a visit. You can also visit the Penn State Undergraduate Admissions web site for more information: www.admissions.psu.edu.

For more information about nonstandard administration of the SAT, please visit ETS's Web Page on Test Taking for Individuals with Disabilities or visit ETS's Home Page. For more information about services for individuals with learning disabilities, please contact the Office for Disability Services at 814-863-1807.