- Who can register with DSS?
- How do I register with DSS?
- What documentation does DSS require?
- Is my disability information confidential?
- What role do my parents play?
- Does DSS provide temporary accommodations?
- How do I request accomodations each semester?
- What are some examples of accomodations and services?
- What is the grievance process?
- How does "handicapped parking" work?
- How do I request a Housing accomodation?
- How do I request a Meal Plan Exemption?
- What additional services may be available to DSS students?
DSS Student Portal, along with instructions for using the Student Portal to register with DSS. Documentation guidelines are available online and in the DSS office. Once your application and documentation have been received and reviewed by the DSS Staffing Team, you will be contacted to schedule an intake appointment. Information gathered during the intake appointment will then be reviewed by the DSS Staffing Team in order to determine eligibility for services. You will then be contacted to schedule an Accommodations Conference with a DSS staff member. The Accommodations Conference is the final step to complete your registration with DSS. In this meeting, you will learn about your rights and responsibilities as a DSS student and you will receive Accommodation Letters to present to your professors. The entire registration process typically takes 2-3 weeks from the time a student's application and documentation are received.
documentation of disabilities. Documentation costs are the student’s responsibility. Documentation accepted by DSS is valid as long as students are enrolled at UAB. Please see specific documentation guidelines for more information.
DSS Student Portal to send Accommodation Letters to their instructors each semester. Accommodation letters are addressed to the instructor of each class and are automatically delivered via email to the instructor once the student requests this through the portal. Students are responsible for sending these accommodation letters to instructors at the beginning of each semester, and scheduling the requested accommodations with instructors throughout the term. Students may request accommodations at any time during a semester, but instructors are not obligated to provide accommodations until they receive DSS accommodation letters from students. Finally, students are responsible for reporting to DSS any concerns about implementation of accommodations.
- Priority Registration – All students registered with DSS are eligible for priority registration. Students may register three days prior to the first day of "early registration."
- Testing Accommodations - Testing accommodations may include extended time, reduced-distraction testing environment, and/or alternative test formats.
- Audio Recording / Note Taking Assistance - Students may audio record class lectures and/or request peer note takers.
- Books in Alternative Format - Students may request books in an alternative format through DSS.
- Sign Language Interpreting / Real-Time Captioning - Deaf and hard-of-hearing students will be provided state licensed/permitted sign language interpreters or CART providers for classroom sessions, class-related activities and UAB sponsored campus events upon request.
- Access to Assistive Technology – This accommodation may include: permission to utilize laptop in class, access to screen reading/magnification/voice to text software, personal auxiliary aids, etc.
Services of a personal nature are not considered academic accommodations. Examples of personal services include tutoring, transportation, and attendant care.
Executive Director of Retention Initiatives and Academic EngagementDuring the grievance process, students are entitled to receive all accommodations recommended by DSS. It is important that concerns are addressed promptly so that students’ participation in courses is not affected.
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham is committed to ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Students who believe the university or university representatives have violated or potentially violated the ADA should report this claim to the university ADA Compliance Officer. The ADA Compliance Officer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is the Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Mr. Andy Marsch. To report a compliance concern or to discuss a potential compliance concern, please contact:
Mr. Andy MarschStudents should be prepared to submit a written account of the alleged violation(s) and will be asked to meet with Mr. Marsch to discuss the claim.
Assistant Vice President for Student Life
ADA Compliance Officer
If a complaint is not resolved through the UAB Grievance Process, students may file a formal complaint with the regional Office for Civil Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.
UAB Parking & Transportation Services. The fee for blue zone parking permits is the same as other student parking fees. Contact Transportation Services at 934-3513.
UAB Housing and Residential Life work together to provide accessible housing to students. Students are asked to register with DSS and notify the Housing office if specific housing accommodations are being requested. DSS recommends students note specific accommodation requests on their housing application.
One Stop Student Services, One Card, Campus Restaurants, or Disability Support Services.
- Academic Coaching
Academic Coaching sessions are tailored to each student’s particular needs. Academic Coaches provide encouragement, support, and guidance as students acquire skills that will help them excel. Examples of skills targeted during coaching include:
- Goal setting, time management, and organization
- Note taking and listening skills
- Studying and exam preparation
- Reading comprehension, writing strategies, and managing projects
- Memory and concentration
- Anxiety and stress management
- Communicating effectively with professors
- Counseling Services
Individual counseling services are provided for students who wish to work through any interpersonal issues in a comfortable, private, and non-judgmental setting. From these sessions, students can achieve their greatest wellness by exploring their goals and addressing their concerns.
Counseling is designed to help students work through interpersonal issues such as stress, depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, etc. Individual counseling services take place in a comfortable, private, and non-judgmental setting. Our counselors understand that students who are registered with DSS may experience unique challenges related to their disability. We are here to help students explore their goals and provide support while students process any concerns and/or challenges affecting their well-being.
Academic Coaching and Counseling services are provided free of charge to students who are registered with DSS. To schedule an appointment, call or email our office.