Disability Advocacy & Support

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) embraces diversity and inclusion as well as recognizes students with documented disability may need assistance or accommodations in order to meet their full potential. Therefore students are encouraged to self-disclosure by registering with  Virginia Tech’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), which works with the Office of Student Affairs to provide students support and reasonable accommodations. 

The Office of Student Affairs’ Disability Advocacy & Student Support (DASS) serves as a liason between SSD, faculty, and students to ensure all qualified applicants and current students with documented disabilities have access to approved accommodations.  Students may also receive guidance on seeking formal diagnosis for a suspected disability as well as resources and support for short-term disabilities (less than 6 months).

VTCSOM’s Disability Advocacy & Student Support seeks to:

  1. Provide a physically and educationally accessible environment where all students have the resources and support they need to succeed. 
  2. Address and remove barriers to access within the school, workplace, and community.
  3. Advocate for greater awareness and inclusion of individuals with disabilities in medical education and health care. 

Common types of accessibility requests may address, but are not limited to: 

  • Learning disabilities
  • Attentional disabilities
  • Psychological disabilities
  • Medical disabilities such as mobility, manual, hearing and visual disabilities

Notice of non-discrimination policy

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine admits students of any age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, national origin, religion or handicap to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is committed to uphold the rights of all students, faculty, staff, and administrators in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.