Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services (DSS), located in 516 Hill University Center, serves as the central campus resource for students with disabilities.
We are committed to making UAB programs and services accessible to students with disabilities. Our staff handles each request for accommodations individually. Our goal is to have each student's academic performance evaluated without the limiting effects of a disability.
If you have a disability, you aren’t at a disadvantage. UAB Disability Support Services (DSS) provides a broad array of services and technologies to make the UAB campus—and a UAB education—accessible for everyone. For more information, continue reading below or click on a specific link in the left-hand sidebar.
College Preparation for Students with Disabilities
Being a college student is a big responsibility, and a big change from being in High School. This handbook covers all of the essential information that students and parents need to access disability services in college so that they can maximize their opportunities for success. Some of the topics include the Law and Higher Education, Registering for Services, Differences between High School and College, Life in College, Resources for Financial Aid, and other community resources.
Transition Handbook (pdf)
Examples of Services
DSS handles each request for services individually, which ensures you’ll receive the accommodations that are appropriate for you. Here are just a few examples of common services DSS can provide (not a comprehensive list):
- priority registration;
- extended time for exams;
- sign language interpreters;
- books in alternative formats such as Braille, books on tape, and large print;
- tape recording of lectures;
- note-taking assistance; and
- testing environments with reduced distractions.
Even computers are more accessible. Features include the following:
- screen reader applications;
- screen magnifier applications;
- large monitors;
- disabled-accessible workstations;
- ergonomic keyboards;
- Braille translation software; and
- voice-to-text software.
This list does not include all the services and equipment available. If you have a specific accommodation request, please inform DSS.
DSS does not provide financial aid, attendant (personal) care, transportation services, or tutoring.
How to Register
Registering for services is simple. First, contact DSS at (205) 934-4205 (voice) or (205) 934-4248 (TDD), or visit 516 Hill University Center. You must present documentation of disability to receive DSS services. After DSS receives your completed documentation, you will meet individually with a member of the staff to discuss your accommodations. It’s best to register with DSS when you apply to UAB.