Disability Support Services

Stark State College’s Disability Support Services operates under mandates found in Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.

The mission of the Disability Support Services department is to provide equal access to educational opportunities for all qualified students with disabilities and to ensure that all students can freely and actively participate in all facets of the College. The Disability Support Services staff also assists students with disabilities by providing academic support services and accommodations, academic advising, admissions and financial aid assistance; and career guidance.

The campus includes many accessible features, such as accessible restrooms, electric doors, handicapped parking (by permit) and Braille room signs. The College’s Disability Support Services staff coordinates services with academic and non-academic offices and serves as a liaison between the College community and state/local agencies.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the office of Disability Support Services 330-494-6170, Ext. 4935. Appointments can also be arranged at the Alliance, Barberton and Downtown Canton Satellite Campuses.

Office Hours (location: B104)

  • Monday: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

* Evening hours by appointment only
* During June and July, all offices close promptly at 3 p.m. on Fridays

Important Note: When requested, DSS and Stark State College materials can be provided in an alternate format.



Kathy Bernstein
Director of DSS
Masters of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling
330-494-6170 ext. 4423
Melody Lee
Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Administration
330-494-6170 ext. 4754
Lisa Gilliland
Masters of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling
330-494-6170 ext. 4730
Susan Husser
Administrative Assistant
330-494-6170 ext. 4935

Stark State College is committed to equal opportunity for all and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, military status, pregnancy, disability, age, genetic information or sexual orientation.