Penn State Altoona is committed to providing a welcoming, encouraging, and empowering environment for students with disabilities to ensure equal access, full participation, and reasonable accommodations for their academic pursuits. Student Disability Resources is responsible for coordinating support services, reasonable academic accommodations, and promoting disability awareness in the university community.
Office for Student Disability Resources
The Office for Student Disability Resources (SDR) is the designated office that provides reasonable accommodations and services to students with disabilities who are enrolled at the University Park location. In addition, Penn State has a disability services office at every Penn State campus that provides accommodations and services for students with disabilities. Each designated office requests and maintains disability-related documents; certifies eligibility for services; determines and develops plans for reasonable accommodations such as academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and/or services as mandated under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
For more information, please call 814-949-5540.
Any current student who requests academic accommodations after November 15 for the fall semester or after April 15 for the spring semester may not be provided with accommodations. Student Disability Resources needs adequate time to process paperwork and review documentation in order to determine eligibility according to the Americans with Disabilities Act and University guidelines. A determination cannot be guaranteed after these dates. All cases are reviewed on an individual basis.
Perspective students who have been accepted to Penn State Altoona, have a disability and are seeking reasonable academic accommodations:
Please provide supporting documentation to Student Disability Resources (SDR). The documentation needs to be completed by a licensed clinical professional and should be dated within the last three years.
- For incoming fall semester students, documentation submission can be provided to SDR after May 15.
- For spring semester enrollment, documentation submission can be provided to SDR after November 1.
Please note: Individualized Education Plans (IEP's) and 504 Plans cannot be solely accepted as proof of a disability. Please refer to "Register with Student Disability Resources," and "Documentation Requirements and Verification Forms" link on this page for more information.