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Welcome to Student Disability Resources (SDR) at Penn State University. At Penn State, we are committed to providing a welcoming, encouraging, and empowering environment for students with disabilities to ensure equal access, full participation and reasonable accommodations for their academic pursuits. Student Disability Resources is responsible for coordinating support services, reasonable academic accommodations, and promoting disability awareness in the university community. The Student Disability Resources team is committed and ready to assist students with disabilities to reach their academic goals.

Student Disability Resources (SDR) is the designated office that provides reasonable accommodations and services to students with disabilities.   This office requests and maintains disability-related documents; certifies eligibility for services; determines and develops plans for reasonable accommodations such as academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and/or services as mandated under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Students who are seeking services at Penn State must self-disclose the need for academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and/or services to our office.


In order for a student's disorder or impairment to be considered a disability, the student must demonstrate through documentation that the disorder/impairment meets the definition of a disability under Title II of the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

In order to receive any support services through our office, students must submit documentation of their disability to Dr. Karen Sofranko, Coordinator of Student Disability Resources at Penn State Hazleton. The following link will take you to the University Park SDR website to access the required documentation to secure accommodations.



Several scholarships are available to students with disabilities. These scholarships are administered by Student Disability Resources (SDR) at University Park. If you are interested in the eligibility criteria or application procedures, please visit their website at http://equity.psu.edu/student-disability-resources/student-information/scholarships, or contact Dr. Karen Sofranko at Penn State Hazleton 570-450-3194.


Contact Information

Dr. Karen Sofranko

Lower Level, Shiavo Hall

Phone: 570-450-3194

Email: kbs18@psu.edu