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Counseling & Health Services
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Counseling: (727) 864-8248
Health: (727) 864-8326 

Counseling Services Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm 

Health Services Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm

Detailed Information

Disability Support Services

Counseling and Health Services

Eligibility for Disability Support Services

Students seeking support services for a diagnosed disability must provide recent, objective documentation that verifies eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities Amended Act of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Eligibility for reasonable accommodations under these statutes requires that the physical or mental impairment currently substantially limits one or more major life activities (e.g., learning, self-care, speaking, hearing, seeing, walking).

Disability Support Services (DSS) guidelines require that the evaluation and documentation be provided by a licensed professional who is not related to the student and is qualified to diagnose and treat the student's particular disability. The documentation must clearly describe the ways in which the disability currently impacts a student's functioning. In many cases, this means that the evaluation must have been completed within three years. However, DSS reserves the right to modify this timeframe depending upon the type of disability. If documentation needs to be updated or if additional documentation is required, the cost of obtaining the required documentation is the responsibility of the student. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan is insufficient documentation, but can be included as part of a more comprehensive assessment battery.

Disability Support Services

Eckerd College is devoted to providing support services that enable students with disabilities to participate in, and benefit from, all College programs and activities. Eckerd College has placed Disability Support Services (DSS) in Counseling Services to ensure that otherwise-qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination in the educational setting.