Our mission is to provide accommodations and access to students with disabilities. The University of Michigan officially recognized the Office of Disabled Student Services in February of 1974 five months after the passage of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. In 1989, the office changed its name to Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). Throughout its history, SSD has played a prominent role in advocating for students with disability issues at the state, national and international levels. We were one of the first to establish an adaptive technology computing lab and together with the Provost’s office a fund to support mandated accommodations. This fund is one of the first of its kind and has become a model used nationwide.
The mission of the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities is to support the University’s commitment to equity and diversity by providing support services and academic accommodations to students with disabilities. We share information, promote awareness of disability issues, and provide support of a decentralized system of access for students within the University community.
Registering with SSD is highly encouraged. SSD serves as a student advocacy agency and can assist you in obtaining appopropriate accommodations.