When to Refer a Student to Disability Support Services
If you as a faculty member "suspect" that you have a student who has a disability, proceed with caution when speaking to the student. Do not ask outright if she/he has a disability. Rather, base your communication on work demonstrated in your classroom. Keep communication and concerns directed toward academic progress in your class. Note what you observe and ask a student questions about their experiences. If they disclose to you that they have had longstanding areas of challenges in school and have even had services, then probe deeper. What kind of services? Did they have an IEP or 504 plan? If they say yes, they have disclosed that they have a disability. You can then make a referral to DSS for services.