University of Southern Maine

96 Falmouth St
Portland,
 Maine  
4103

General information

This campus is:
4 year
Public
Highest level of degree offered:
Advanced Degree
Student population
10,213
Student population: undergraduate
7,874
Primarily online?
No

Disability resource office

Disability Services Center
PO Box 9300
Luther Bonney 242
Portland,
 Maine  
4101
Office phone
2077804706
Office email
dsc-usm@maine.edu
Number of full-time disability service staff
4.5
Number of students who have submitted disability documentation
750

Three most common types of disabilities disclosed by students to the disability resource office

  • Attention Deficit Hyperacticity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Psychiatric and disabilities related to mental and emotional health
Within the last three years, how common has it been for your institution and/or disability services provider to serve these specific populations of students with disabilities?
Students with low-incidence types of disabilities
GroupLevel of service
Autistic students (includes Asperger’s or autism spectrum) Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Culturally Deaf students who use American Sign Language Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Students with chronic health conditions and illness Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Students with food allergies Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Students with intellectual disabilities Not provided in the last three years
Not provided
Students with disabilities in advanced academics or interests
GroupLevel of service
Students in STEM fields, including health sciences Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Professional and graduate students Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Law students Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
NCAA athletes Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Veterans Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided

Disability accommodations and services

Accommodations for students with disabilities
Academic accommodations
GroupLevel of service
Notetaking Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Test accomodations Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Alternate formats (e.g.,e-text, large print) Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Scribes Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Readers Not provided in the last three years
Not provided
Assistive technology (e.g., screen readers, voice input) Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Sign language interpreters Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
CART or C-Print Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Programmatic accommodations
GroupLevel of service
Course substitutions Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Priority registration Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Reduced courseload Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Medical leave Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Accommodations in residence halls Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Other accommodations
GroupLevel of service
Dietary accommodations for meal plans Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Service animals or emotional support animals Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Accommodations and services for institution-sponsored study abroad programs Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Accommodations and services for internships, externships, field placements, or other for-credit off-campus work experiences Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided

Campus accessibility and resources

Campus access
GroupLevel of service
Student health services Somewhat accessible
Somewhat accessible
Counseling and psychological services Somewhat accessible
Somewhat accessible
The library(ies) Somewhat accessible
Somewhat accessible
Institution websites Somewhat accessible
Somewhat accessible
Recreation and athletic facilities Somewhat accessible
Somewhat accessible
Student union or other main building designated for students to socialize Somewhat accessible
Somewhat accessible
Main academic buildings where most undergraduates would attend classes Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Entertainment, theater, and event facilities Somewhat accessible
Somewhat accessible
On-campus transportation Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Nearby off-campus transportation Not applicable to this institution
Not applicable
Residence halls Somewhat accessible
Somewhat accessible
Key administrative offices (e.g., financial aid, registration, multi-cultural affairs, students services, career counseling) Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Sexual assault services and reporting mechanisms Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Security and saftety programs (e.g., late-night escort services on campus) Somewhat accessible
Somewhat accessible

Policies and procedures related to students with disabilities

  • Standardized or recommended syllabus statements regarding disability accommodations
  • Institutional policy requiring that all online materials are accessible to students with disabilities ( compliant with Section 508)
  • Emergency evacuation procedures include plans for students with disabilities
  • Opportunities for students with disabilities and without a high school diploma to take courses (i.e., "open enrollment")
  • Formal grievance policies and procedures for students with complaints about campus disability access
  • Grievance procedures for students with complaints about the disability resource office

Types of counseling and psychological services available at the institution

  • Short-term counseling (e.g., 10 session limit)
  • Support groups
  • 24/7 Mental health hotline or crisis line
  • Peer counselors or peer supports
  • Online mental health services, trainings or supports
  • Cross-campus behavioral, mental health, or crisis team(s)
  • Other: Through rehab services, some students with ASD can access a Life Skills tutor which is funded through VR and provides one on one case management style support

General Campus Resources

  • TRIO Student Support Services programs designed for students with disabilities
  • Food shelf or food pantry
  • Services for veterans with disabilities
  • Resources for students with disabilities to address assistive technology needs and information technology (IT) access needs

Academics and campus climate for students with disabilities

Courses or degree programs

  • Disability studies courses or degree programs
  • American Sign Language courses or degree programs
  • Deaf studies courses or degree programs

Campus groups that address disability issues but do not provide direct services to students

  • Information Technology Accessibility Committee (ITAC)
  • Disability Network (UMaine system group)

Student organizations related to disability, Deafness, or ASL

  • DREAM (new as of Fall 2019)
How often does your institution have public events or activities related to disability, culturally Deaf people, or ASL?
1-2 times each term or semester