UAB wheelchair flag football participantsAbout DSS

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s mission is to enrich the academic experience for each student through education, research, and service. The University believes disability is an essential component of diversity on our campus and values the unique experiences of each student.

In support of the mission of the University, the Disability Support Services (DSS) office ensures an accessible experience through collaboration with UAB partners. These partnerships create a campus where individuals with disabilities have equal access to programs, activities, and opportunities by ensuring we identify and remove barriers, provide individualized services, and facilitate accommodations.

DSS serves as the university-appointed office charged with providing institution-wide advisement, consultation, and training on disability-related topics which include legal and regulatory compliance, universal design, and disability scholarship.

Our philosophy promotes self-awareness, self-determination and self-advocacy by providing education to students with disabilities about their rights and responsibilities so they can make informed choices in order to meet or exceed the standards of all students at UAB.

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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