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Office of Specialized Services / TRIO Student Support Services

Providing Support Services to Students with Disabilities

Telephone: (201) 684-7514 (voice)
TTY Only: (201) 684-7092

Fax: (201) 684-7004


Even before it was law…

Ramapo College of New Jersey demonstrated a strong commitment to providing equal access to all students  through the removal of architectural and attitudinal barriers.

Integration of qualified students with disabilities into the college community has been the Ramapo way since the College opened in 1971.

Guided by that mission, the College established the Office of Specialized Services (OSS) to facilitate equal access and to offer optional academic support for students with documented physical, sensory, learning, or psychological disabilities. The office has also been partially funded by federal and state grants and has been the recipient of numerous corporate and private contributions for special projects.


TRIO – U.S. Department of Education Student Support Services Project

Since 1976, Ramapo College of NJ has been the recipient of a US Department of Education Trio Student Support Services (TRIO) grant designed to provide academic and other support services that promote the academic achievement, retention, and graduation of matriculated students with disabilities. Housed within the Office of Specialized Services, this TRIO grant project makes available at no cost to eligible students the following services:

  • Academic advisement and counseling
  • Peer tutoring
  • Professional tutoring – writing
  • Computer instruction
  • Independent living counseling
  • Career development counseling
  • Graduate school counseling
  • Financial aid counseling

Policy Statement

Ramapo College of New Jersey supports the protections available to students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended.

The Office of Specialized Services facilitates equal access to the programs and activities at Ramapo College for students with documented physical, sensory, learning, or psychological disabilities.

Students must initiate contact with this office in order to receive services or to arrange appropriate accommodations and/or academic adjustments. Comprehensive documentation of a disability from a licensed physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or certified learning disabilities specialist must be submitted in order to establish eligibility and to determine which accommodations and/or adjustments are appropriate for each student.

Any student with a disability who believes that he or she has been discriminated against should refer to the Ramapo College Anti-Discrimination Policy Statement and Discrimination Complaint Procedures published in the Student Handbook for resolution of the grievance.


Dr. David C. Nast
Phone: (201) 684-7513

Barbara Stienstra
Specialized Services Coordinator
Phone: (201) 684-7655

Abbe Benowitz
Disability Counselor
Phone: (201) 684-7693

Barbara Wexler
Career Development/Transition Experiences Coordinator
Phone: (201) 684-7686

Missy Long
Independent Living Counselor/Residence Life Liaison
Phone: (201) 684-7511

Ramona Kopacz M.A., LDT-C, NCED
Learning Disabilities Specialist/Testing Coordinator
Phone: (201) 684-7512

Ryan Jahnke
Assistive Technology Specialist
Phone: (201) 684-7211

Office of Specialized Services Organizational Chart