Disability Support Services


Disability support services are available to all currently enrolled students who have a documented disability that substantially limits them in one or more major life activities. Individuals eligible for services include, but are not limited to, the following types of disabilities: mobility, orthopedic, hearing, visual, learning, psychological, and attentional.

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.

  1. After you are admitted to UDM, contact the Director of DSS to indicate your intent to register for disability services. The intake process, which involves giving general information about your disability and need for accommodations, will be initiated. A disability file will be started after the intake process is completed, and will become active upon receipt and verification of appropriate documentation.
  2. Provide current documentation (no more than three years old) that establishes and verifies your disability to DSS. See the Disability Documentation Guidelines.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Contact Information:

Director of Disability Support Services
Emilie Wetherington

Location: UDM Library, 3rd Floor, Room 328

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48221

Phone: 313-993-1158
Fax: 313-578-0342
Email: gallegem@udmercy.edu