Where to Start

Welcome! If you're wondering if you have a disability and are interested in learning about relevant resources, strategies, or a screening, please find more information below. (Students with disabilities seeking to apply for academic accommodations should go directly to SAS' Getting Started page.)

Not sure if you have a disability?

Very bright individuals – such as those accepted for selective schools like Dartmouth College – can have a cognitive disorder (such as a learning disability, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or psychological disorder) that goes undetected through high school. Moreover, the age of onset for a number of psychological conditions is not until late adolescence, so a student may first begin experiencing a disability while at Dartmouth. Finally, many students don't realize that a condition they experience may qualify as a disability that is eligible for services and support.

Options to Consider

If you are seeking more information about a possible disability, please consider the following:

For Attention, Focus, Mental & Emotional Health Concerns

Start by engaging with at least one of the many offerings available through the Student Wellness Center. They can meet with you for a wellness check-in and guide you in developing stress-reduction techniques (including skills for combating test anxiety), strategies for sustaining attention and focus, and methods of slowing down or reducing racing/distracting thoughts as just a few examples.

If you think you need to be screened for attention-deficit disorder, contact the Counseling Center. (Keep in mind that a screening will require multiple appointments, likely over the course of a couple of months.)

The Counseling Center is also a key avenue for support with symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. Moreover, if you engage in treatment with the Counseling Center (or see a private mental health professional) your provider may be able to submit documentation that qualifies you for services and support through SAS.

Suspected Learning Disability, Autism Spectrum, or Processing Speed Concerns

If your concern is related to a learning disability such as dyslexia, you have wondered about being on the autism spectrum, or you frequently run out of time on tests that others finish, start by reviewing and trying some of the strategies on the Academic Skills Center (ASC) website. Moreover, the ASC offers coaching, an individualized approach that many students find extremely helpful. For additional guidance, such as whether you should be formally evaluated, you can also schedule a meeting with the ASC Director Karen Afre.

Other Long-Term Medical Conditions

If you wonder if a medical condition you are experiencing may qualify as a disability, contact the Dartmouth College Health Service, who, like the Counseling Center, may be in a position to provide you with documentation for registering with SAS.

If none of these routes feel quite right and/or you would like speak with someone from SAS, please email us or call 603-646-9900.