Disability Support Services
The mission of Disability Support Services, in keeping with the University’s mission to provide excellent student-centered undergraduate and graduate education, is to create an accessible community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of the educational environment. Because of our belief in the dignity of each person, and through compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, amended in 2008, we strive to promote students’ independence and to ensure recognition of their abilities, not disabilities.
Our vision is a community where disability is neutral; a community where all of its members are empowered to learn, to participate, and to experience university life fully.
Disability support services are available to all currently enrolled students who have documented disabilities that substantially limit them in one or more major life activities. Individuals eligible for services may have, but are not limited to, the following types of disabilities: mobility, orthopedic, hearing, visual, learning, psychological, and attentional.
Accommodations are determined on an individual basis based on each student’s particular needs as identified in their disability documentation. Therefore, accommodations will vary from one student to the next. Services may include, but are not limited to:
- Extra time for testing
- Alternative test site
- Note taking
- Alternative format textbooks and materials
- Sign language interpreters
- CART (real time captioning) Services
- Housing-related accommodations
Tutoring and Other Services
Students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to utilize the many support services offered free of charge through the Student Success Center, the TRiO Student Support Services Program, and the STAR Program, including mentoring, academic success planning, study groups, and tutoring services. Tutoring, in particular, should be a part of any student's regular study program. Appointments for tutoring sessions can be made online at udmercy.accudemia.net. Participation in these activities is highly beneficial and has had proven results in supporting academic success.
Registering for Services
Eligibility must be determined in order to make arrangements for services and accommodations through Disability Support Services (DSS). Students should complete the following steps in order to open a disability file and begin receiving services.
- After you are admitted to UDM, contact the Director of DSS to indicate your intent to register for disability services. You will need to print and complete a DSS Request for Accomodations Form. A disability file will be started after the intake process is completed, and will become active upon receipt and verification of appropriate documentation.
- Provide current documentation (no more than three years old) that establishes and verifies your disability to DSS. See the Disability Documentation Guidelines. If you have an immediate need and do not have documentation, please contact the Director of DSS to discuss your options.
- After appropriate documentation is received and verified, a meeting will be scheduled with the Director of DSS to discuss your specific accommodations needs based on your disability.
- The Director of DSS will provide your professors with official notifications of your approved accommodations each semester. However, letters are not automatically sent to your professors. You must contact the Director of DSS each semester to request accommodations.
It is very important for students with disabilities to self-advocate. It is your responsibility to advise the Director of Disability Support Services if you ever feel that your needs are not being met or your accommodations are not being provided.
Director of Disability Support Services
Emilie Wetherington, M.A.
Location: UDM Library, 3rd Floor, Room 328
University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48221