Disability and Accessibility Support Services (DASS) at the University of Michigan-Flint helps students gain equal access to their education. We provide support for any student with a Learning Disability, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Mental Health Concerns, among others. The office also takes reports about issues with the campus facilities for those with accessibility concerns such as elevators, snow removal, and accessibility to their classes.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act require the University of Michigan-Flint to provide effective accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services for qualified students with documented disabilities. The purpose of these services is to provide equitable access to all aspects of the University's programs. Federal law defines a disability as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities." Major life activities are defined as the ability to perform functions such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, or taking care of oneself. It is important to note that any diagnosed condition in and of itself does not necessarily constitute a disability. The degree of impairment must be significant enough to "substantially limit" one or more major life activities.
Disability and Accessibility Support Services strives to ensure that qualified students are accommodated and, if possible, these accommodations do not jeopardize successful therapeutic interventions. The office does not modify requirements that are essential to the program of instruction or provide accommodations for persons whose impairments do not substantially limit one or more major life function.
DASS is located inside the Counseling and Psychological Services office on the second floor of the University Center.