Services for Students with Disabilities

Definition

The terms partially sighted, low vision, legally blind, and totally blind are used in the educational context to describe people with visual impairments. Visual impairment is the consequence of a functional loss of vision, rather than the eye disorder itself. Eye disorders which can lead to visual impairments can include retinal degeneration, albinism, cataracts, and glaucoma, muscular problems that result in visual disturbances, corneal disorders, diabetic retinopathy, congenital disorders, and infection.

A major challenge facing blind students at universities is the overwhelming mass of printed material with which they are confronted - syllabi, coursepacks, books, time schedules, bibliographies, campus newspapers, posters, tests, etc. The increasing use of films, videotapes, overhead projectors, and closed-circuit television adds to the volume of visual material they must access in an alternative way.

Documentation

Please send in the report (within the last three years) and/or all documentation related to your diagnosis. 

How to Register with SSD

The report 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 need to call Megan Marshall at 734-763-3001 or email her at megmarsh@umich.edu to set up an appointment and/or to let you know of any additional paperwork needed.

During the initial meeting, the registration paperwork will be done.  Megan 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 visual impairment