Welcome to Disability and Accessibility Services (DAS), formerly called Disability Services (DS)
Disability is an important aspect of diversity that is integral to our society and to the University of Michigan Dearborn campus.
Disability and Accessibility Services collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to create usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environments. There may be times when there are aspects of the instruction or design of your courses that result in barriers to your inclusion or to accurate assessment of achievement. When that is the case, our office will work with you to arrange for accommodations.
Disability and Accessibility Services is responsible for facilitating UM-Dearborn's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal and state laws designed to remove barriers that may impede the progress of individuals with disabilities. UM-Dearborn provides a wide range of services to students with qualifying disabilities to allow them equitable access to learning environments. Students are responsible for their ultimate success in academic and personal programs; however, Disability and Accessibility Services will provide the necessary services to have equitable access.
Services are both highly individualized and based on need; they may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Advocacy and referral on and off campus
- Orientation to campus resources
- Course materials in alternative formats
- Sign language and oral interpreters
- Special testing arrangements
- Access to adaptive equipment and technology
The Mission of Disability and Accessibility Services is to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to all university programs and activities. We provide students the opportunity to reach their full potential by coordinating academic accommodations and support services. Disability and Accessibility Services works collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to build and maintain partnerships allowing for an inclusive educational environment. We serve as a valuable resource for the University of Michigan Dearborn campus community in supporting the success of students with disabilities; cultivating opportunities for students to articulate their strengths and responding to the student needs and learning environments.
Disability and Accessibility Services envisions a universally inclusive campus community where all individuals are seen as valued and contributing leaders of society. We strive to become a model program serving students with disabilities in higher education.
- Inclusion and Equity
Students with disabilities at the University of Michigan-Dearborn have the right to:
- Equal access to courses, programs, services, and activities offered through the University.
- An equal opportunity to learn, and to receive reasonable accommodations and academic adjustments in an effort to diminish the effect of the disability on academic functioning.
- Self-determine who will receive student released disability related materials and information within as well as outside of the University.
- All other rights and privileges available to other students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Students with disabilities at the University of Michigan-Dearborn have the responsibility to:
- Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, and activities.
- Self-identify as an individual with a disability when an accommodation is needed and to seek information, counsel, and assistance as necessary in a timely fashion.
- Demonstrate and/or provide documentation (from an appropriate professional) on how the learning environment limits participation in courses, programs, services, and activities based on their disability.
- Follow published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn has the right to:
- Identify and establish essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge, requirements, and standards for courses, programs, services, and activities, and to evaluate students on this basis.
- Request and receive, through Disability Services, current documentation that supports requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
- Deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services if the documentation provided demonstrates that the request is not warranted, or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation.
- Select among equally effective accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
- Refuse an unreasonable accommodation, adjustment, and/or auxiliary aid and service request that imposes a fundamental alteration of a program or activity of the University.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn has the responsibility to:
- Provide information to students with disabilities in accessible formats upon request.
- Ensure that courses, programs, services, and activities when viewed in their entirety, are available in the most integrated and appropriate settings.
- Evaluate students on the basis of their abilities and not their disabilities.
- Provide arrangement for reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities in courses, programs, services, and activities.
- Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication except where permitted or required by law or when the student requests that such information be shared.