Services for Students with Disabilities

Animals on Campus

Animals are generally not permitted in University buildings with some exceptions, such as service animals, service animals in training, and assistance animals determined to be a reasonable accommodation by the Services for Students with Disabilities office. Service animals may be used by individuals with disabilities in order to participate in or gain access to programs, benefits, or services at the University.

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Giving to SSD

Want to support SSD in its various endeavors? The following funding areas are set up to encourage the growth and involvment of students with disabilities at the University. Donate today!

Mission Statement

Embedded in the strategic plan of the University of Michigan is a commitment to ensure equal opportunity for all individuals. Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) recognizes disability as an integral part of diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable educational environment for disabled students. SSD is a partner to students, faculty, and staff in the pursuit to develop leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

New Director of SAAS

Oluwaferanmi O. Okanlami, M.D., M.S. has been named director of Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS). His appointment was effective July 1, 2021.

In this role, Okanlami will oversee three key resources: Services for Students with Disabilities, the U-M Adaptive Sports & Fitness Program, and the existing Testing and Accommodation Centers.

The goal is to move beyond simply providing educational accommodations to students with disabilities toward a more holistic approach of supporting students that simultaneously increases the focus on accessibility and inclusion.

Okanlami has served as SSD interim director since July 1, 2020, and has also served as director of the Adaptive Sports and Fitness Program — a program housed within Student Life in collaborative partnership with Michigan Medicine — since 2020.

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