Disability Support Services


Our Mission

Disability Support Services (DSS) facilitates equal access to Southern’s learning community for students who have documented disabilities or suspected learning differences. DSS promotes student responsibility and self-advocacy, and provides relevant information to faculty and staff with Christ-like support and compassion. 


Disability Support Services is located: 

  • On the first floor of Lynn Wood Hall, Suite 1082 
  • In the center of the Promenade (up the hill from Wright Hall)

There is accessible parking available in back of Lynn Wood Hall via Industrial Drive.


Disability Services Director: Mariella L. Pechero

Telephone: 423.236.2544

Regular office hours:

                                  Monday - Wednesday:  8 am - 5 pm

                                  Thursday:  8 am - 11 am, 1 pm - 5 pm   

                                  Friday:  8 am - 12 pm

Summer office hours:

                                 Monday - Thursday: 8:45 am - 4:30 pm

                                 Friday: 8:45 am - 12 pm

Fax: 423.236.1574
Email: dss@southern.edu 



"Southern is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973)
and is dedicated to the elimination of architectural and prejudicial barriers which prevent any
qualified person from attending. Southern has established [Disability Support Services] to provide academic
disability services according to the provisions of applicable disability law"
(Southern Adventist University Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016).