Applying for Services

Registering with DSS will involve completing the steps outlined below.

  1. Application: First, complete the DSS Application to Receive Accommodations, which is available through the DSS Student Portal. In order to complete the application, you must have a Blazer ID and password. If you have not been accepted into UAB and do not have a Blazer ID and password, please contact DSS directly at 205-934-4205 to obtain a copy of the application.
  2. Documentation of Disability: Submit documentation of your disability to DSS. Documentation guidelines are available here. These guidelines may be shared with the person or agency responsible for providing DSS with documentation of your disability.
  3. Intake: Once DSS has received and reviewed your application and documentation, you will be contacted to schedule an Intake appointment. During this appointment, you will meet with a DSS Counselor to discuss individual needs, specific accommodation requests and how your academic functioning is impacted by your disability.
  4. Accommodations Conference: Once all documentation and eligibility requirements are met, you will meet with a DSS counselor to discuss specific accommodations and the process of receiving accommodations. During this meeting, a counselor will also review the process of sending accommodation letters to your instructors each semester.
DSS staff is available at any point during the registration process, or prior to initiating the process, to discuss your needs. For questions related to applying for services, you can contact DSS at 205-934-4205,, or visit us at the 9th Avenue Office Building, 1701 9th Avenue South.

Contact DSS


Enter the DSS Student Portal

Getting Started

  • Our Services - DSS handles each request for services individually, which ensure you’ll receive the accommodations that are appropriate for you.
  • Applying for Services

Academic Accommodations


  • How to Request Housing Accommodations


Service and Assistance Animals

  • UAB has established specific guidelines regarding the appropriate use of and protocols associated with SAA.

Technology Available on Campus

  • JAWS – Screen Readers
  • ZoomText – Screen Enlargement Software
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking – Speech-to-Text Software
  • Kurzweil 3000 – Scanning and Reading Software
  • FM Systems

Frequently Asked Questions

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