Disability & 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 UM-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 strive 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 functions.
Our mission is to utilize our expertise in disability and higher education to deliver innovative and high quality services and classroom accommodations to students with disabilities. We will facilitate and advocate for reasonable accommodations allowing students equal access to programs, activities and services of the institution; cultivate opportunities for students to articulate their strengths; and advocate for necessary accommodations as well as identify and respond to the fluid nature of student needs and learning environments.
Our vision is an inclusive community that fosters the full participation and contribution of every member of the University of Michigan-Flint.
Evaluate eligibility for disability-related services and accommodations; determine reasonable accommodations and develop individualized plans; and provide advocacy, guidance and ongoing support to students with disabilities, including but not limited to adapted materials, testing accommodations, interpreting and captioning, note-taking and document conversion.
Consult and collaborate with university faculty, staff and administrators to provide technical assistance, advice and information on providing students with equal access to educational activities and opportunities. Consistently measure program effectiveness.
Code of Ethics
The following principles are the Code of Ethics for the Disability and Accessibility Support Services office at the University of Michigan-Flint. As professionals, we are responsible for upholding, supporting, and advancing these ideas whenever possible.:
- Disability and Accessibility Support Services is committed to facilitating the highest levels of educational excellence and potential quality of life for students with disabilities at the University of Michigan-Flint.
- Disability and Accessibility Support Services strives to achieve and maintain the highest levels of competence and integrity in all areas of assistance to adult students with disabilities. This support is guided by the consistent use of objective, professional judgment in all areas, especially when addressing the confidential nature of the student’s disability.
- Disability and Accessibility Support Services continually participates in professional activities and educational opportunities designed to strengthen the personal, educational, and vocational quality of life for students with disabilities. This includes the on-going development of strategies, skills, research, and knowledge pertinent to the highest quality of disability service delivery whenever and wherever it occurs.
- Disability and Accessibility Support Services carry out their responsibilities in accordance with AHEAD professional standards and policy guidelines for adult students with disabilities. When certified, licensed, or affiliated with other professionals or organizations, they comply with those professional guidelines as well.