Services for Students with Disabilities

Definition

"Autistic Spectrum Disorder" (ASD) is a neurodevelopment disorder ranging from mild to severe and characterized by core features of social/communication deficits and repetitive/restrictive behaviors. The source for understanding the exact nature of ASD is the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). The DSM-V combines into one category previously distinct but overlapping subtypes (i.e., Autistic Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, and Pervasive Development Disorder). While all people with ASD will share the core features of the disorder, specific manifestations in developmental, cognitive, emotional and/or behavioral domans are unique to each individual. 

Documentation

Documentation must provide objective, current evidence of impairment in whatever domain the student is seeking accommodations. 
  • If the main impairment is cognitive a Neuropsychological Test completed within the last 5 years (using adult testing measures only) is warranted. 
  • If the main impairment is chronic health, a Chronic Health Condition verification form must be completed.
  • If the main impairment is mental health, a certified professional has to fill out a Disability Verification Form.

How to Register with SSD 

The completed verification form/documentation can be sent to us one of the following ways:
  • Faxed to (734) 936-3947
  • Emailed to ssdoffice@umich.edu
  • Brought to our office at G-664 Haven Hall

Once our office receives the paperwork you will receive an email confirmation and be assigned a disability coordinator. You will be asked to contact your disability coordinator to set up a meeting.

During the initial meeting, the registration paperwork will be done. Your disability coordinator will determine your eligibility for services and identify reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations.

Please note that University Policy is two weeks’ prior notice for any academic accommodation.
 
More information about autistic spectrum disorder.