Services for Students with Disabilities

Accommodations

At SSD, we believe environments create barriers more than the individual’s personal diagnosis or situation.

Examples of environment design include:

  • A physical building or office space access and layout;

  • Office policies and procedures for accessing resources available through an office, program or resource;

  • Course teaching methods and learning assessment methods;

  • TV and online videos and whether or not they are captioned;

  • Personal attitudes and general awareness of society’s contribution to disability;

The SSD strives to proactively identify and remove access barriers and promote inclusion and minimize the need for individual accommodations. Upon request, the University will provide reasonable academic accommodation(s) to otherwise qualified students as required by law to ensure equal access to educational opportunities. 

Students who have been approved for accommodations will use Accommodate to make and track supplemental accommodation requests, manage their accommodation letters, and check the status of other service requests.

 

Basis for Determining Accommodations

SSD engages in an interactive process to explore accommodations. During the exploration process, SSD will review disability-related documentation, evaluate the unique attributes and requirements of the course, program, or activity. Instructors may be consulted about the application of accommodations for their specific course content.

Accommodations are determined to be reasonable if they do not constitute a fundamental alteration to a program, course activity or compromise academic integrity. If course modifications, auxiliary aids, or services that are ineffective or constitute a fundamental alteration will not be reasonable and therefore will not meet the ADA and Section 504’s minimal standards. 

In general, it is the responsibility of the student to make their disability status and subsequent need for an accommodation known.

 

Accommodations Management

In the Summer of 2021, SSD will be launching a digital platform called Accommodate. This management system will allow students, faculty, and staff to manage accommodations, obtain accommodation letters, and check the status of other service requests such as note-taking, alternative material formats, and exam scheduling.

 

Housing Accommodations

Housing Accommodations are explored by Housing's Health and Disability Coordinator. You may contact them about the accommodation process by calling (734) 764-7400 or emailing hsg-health-disability@umich.edu.

If you have a food allergy or require a special diet, M|Dining has registered dietitians who can provide you with the resources and information needed to make healthy food choices in the dining halls. For more information check out M|Dining's Allergies and Special Diets or contact them at eatsmart@umich.edu.

E-Textbooks and Course Materials as Accessible Digital Documents

How to Access E-textbooks and Course Materials as Accessible Digital Documents 

The accommodation for E-textbooks or Course Materials as Accessible Digital Documents includes accessible electronic textbooks and documents used in courses. Digital textbooks are available from many sources and often, students can find accessible eBooks directly without having to go through Services for Students with Disabilities. 

When looking for accessible textbooks, follow the process below:


Testing Accommodations

As with all reasonable accommodations, the purpose of testing accommodations is to ensure a student’s equitable opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of the course material being assessed.



ASL Interpreting Services & Computer Assisted Real-time Transcription (CART)

ASL Interpreting Services & Computer Assisted Real-time Transcription (CART)

ASL interpreters support students with hearing-related disabilities by listening in class and translating lectures and discussions into American Sign Language. They may also translate the student's signed communication into spoken English when the student is called upon, has a comment or question, or makes a presentation.

Computer Assisted Real-time Transcription (CART)

CART provides an instant translation of spoken English into written English text that is displayed on a laptop monitor, tablet, or cell phone. This allows the student to read what is being said during a class session; both lecture and discussion.