Families

Welcome to UNH's Disability Services for Students(DSS) website! We are pleased that you have a vested interest in the success of your child and/or student. DSS is committed to providing a positive and holistic learning experience.

At UNH DSS currently has professional staff members who can meet with your student. Individual sessions allow us to get to know your student, his/her preferences, strengths, and areas of needed improvement, while assisting him/her create a plan or strategy for their academic career. A variety of questions and concerns may be addressed such as managing time, reading faster with improved comprehension, managing test anxiety and taking notes. For weekly sessions students are referred to the Center for Academic Resources. Assistive Technology programs and devices are available to students who qualify for services and accomodations; training and support is provided as needed.

Academic Assistance

Everyone, at some point in college, feels challenged by a course(s). Below are some things you can do before we meet.

Start here to put yourself on a path toward success:

  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your concerns.
  • The best place to seek help first is with your Professor in the course. Visit the professor's office hours (usually announced in the first class and published on the course syllabus), or schedule an appointment. Discuss your experience in the course, and options for improving your mastery of the material. (Pick up the brochure, "A Guide to Developing Student-Faculty Connections" at CFAR in Wolff House.)
  • If the course has a teaching assistant (commonly referred to as the TA), that TA is another good resource for help. Ask where, when and how you can talk with the TA.
  • Talk to other people in the course. Try to find a study partner or get a group of students together to study on a regular basis. (Pick up the brochure, "Start a Study Group" at CFAR in Wolff House.)
  • Often students around campus offer tutoring on a private, fee basis. You can find advertisements offering tutoring services. Look for postings in the MUB and in and around the department of the course you're seeking help in (If you don't know the location of the office, you can find it on the UNH website).
  • You can post your own "tutor wanted" advertisement. Take your advertisement to the department office and ask if there is a place you can post it. Also ask the Administrator if they know of anyone in the major, or in a graduate program in the department who offers tutoring. At the Information Desk at the MUB they can tell you how to post advertisements at the MUB. If you hire a tutor, expect to pay between $7-9/hour for the services of an undergraduate and $ 12-25/hour for tutoring from a graduate student.
  • There are many resources on campus for receiving help in a course, including some free tutoring resources.

Students, registered with DSS, who need additional assistance in a particular course or need to meet on a weekly basis for learning strategies, are referred to several resources on campus. Some of these include:

Workshops

Disability Support Services in conjunction with other offices on campus provides a variety of workshops. These sessions are held throughout the year and cover a variety of topics. Some of the topics include: First Generation College Students, Reducing Test Anxiety and Diversity & Respect. Career topics have included: Resumes, Job Interview Strategies and an Etiquette Luncheon.

Contacting DSS

You may see a service or program on this website that you think would be of assistance to your child/student. Please feel free to draw it to their attention and encourage him/her to contact us. You may also contact us. We can describe services that are available to all students and our policies and procedures.

In general, as a student prepares to enter college, it is a good time for the student to learn how to seek out and acquire the services that s/he needs for him/herself. We encourage you to step back and let the student take the initiative to contact us so that s/he can begin to learn this important, life-long skill. However, in many cases, we understand that as a parent/caregiver you will begin this process for your child/student.

Differences between College and High School

There is a big difference between a parent's involvement in the k-12 system and college. There are no more annual meetings where you get to help with the planning of your student's next year. College personnel talk to your son or daughter instead of to you. In college, students are considered to be adults and are treated as such. Many parents find this an abrupt and uncomfortable transition. Here are some ways that high school and college are different:

Differences Between High School & College for Students with Disabilities