Disability Services Center

Getting Started with the DSC

Welcome to the USM Disability Services Center (DSC).  We are so glad you found our website. The DSC is located on the Portland Campus in 242 Luther Bonney Hall.  Our e-mail address is dsc-usm@maine.edu and our phone number is (207) 780-4706.  Please contact our office or stop by so we can answer your questions.  The DSC determines appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities and also serves as a resource to the larger university community. 


The first step in the process is to submit documentation of your disability. Documentation should be authored by a licensed clinical professional or health care provider, who is both trained and qualified to evaluate the disability and familiar with the student's history.  It is not necessary that the documentation be recent but it must reflect the student's current status.  Documentation may not be provided by a student's relative, friend or family friend.

Documentation should include the following information:

  • Name, credentials and contact information of the evaluator
  • The nature of the disability and relevant history
  • Test results, including scores and written evaluation of scores (if applicable)
  • DSM-V or ICD-10 diagnosis with information outlining the duration, severity, treatment and expected prognosis of the condition
  • A description of how the disability impacts engagement in day to day activities as related to life at college
  • Names of any medications and potential side effects
  • Suggested accommodations

Please access the following link for a printable copy of our documentation guidelines.  Documentation may be submitted in person at 242 Luther Bonney Hall, by e-mail to dsc-usm@maine.edu or by fax to (207) 780-4403.  If you have any questions about the process, please contact our office by e-mail or by calling (207) 780-4706.

Initial Appointment

Once your documentation is received, our office will contact you to schedule an initial appointment with one of our counselors.  The initial appointment takes about 1 hour and will include a review of documentation, past use of accommodations, review of your schedule and any current academic issues. Together we will determine appropriate accommodations.  You are welcome to bring a supportive person to your initial appointment if you wish.  At the conclusion of your appointment the DSC will provide you with information on how to notify faculty of you accommodations using your electronic Faculty Accommodations Letter.  

To prepare for your initial appointment, please complete the Initial Appointment Form.

Thank you for your interest in the DSC.  We look forward to working with you!