DSS Documentation Guidelines

Based on federal disability laws, UAB DSS requires a reasonable level of documentation in order to establish eligibility for accommodations. The intent of UAB DSS is not to exclude students from receiving services, but to ensure that those with qualifying disabilities who have current functional limitations receive appropriate services. Documentation guidelines available through DSS are intended to provide guidance to the evaluator. Please note: documentation guidelines vary among institutions and high stakes testing agencies (i.e., ETS, MCAT, LSAT, etc.). There is no guarantee that documentation accepted by UAB DSS will be accepted by other institutions or testing agencies. Documentation costs are the student’s responsibility.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Learning Disabilities

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Mobility / Sensory Impairments or Medical Disabilities

Psychiatric Disability

Traumatic Brain Injury

Temporary Impairments

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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