DASS is committed to providing equal access and support to all disabled students. If you require accommodations to ensure equal access, we are here to assist you throughout your educational journey. Follow the steps below to request accommodations:

  1. Familiarize Yourself with DASS: Take some time to explore our website and learn about the resources and services we offer. This will help you understand how our office operates and the types of accommodations available.
  2. Gather Documentation: To request accommodations, you will need to provide appropriate documentation of your disability. This documentation should come from a qualified professional, such as a licensed healthcare provider or psychologist, and it should clearly outline the impact of your disability on your academic functioning. For more information on what constitutes appropriate documentation, see our Documentation Guidelines.
  3. Complete the Accommodation Request Form: This is the first step in officially requesting accommodations. If you have documentation ready, you can submit it along with the accommodation request form. DASS will review your request and send you a follow up email inviting you to schedule an intake appointment. You can schedule an in-person, video meeting, or phone meeting. Email options are also available if you prefer.
  4. Discuss Your Accommodation Needs: During the intake appointment, be prepared to discuss your disability, its impact on your academics, and the specific accommodations you believe will help you succeed. DASS will guide you through the process, answer any questions you may have, and offer suggestions if needed.
  5. Submit Documentation: If you haven’t already submitted documentation, you can do so in person, through email, or via your Accommodate portal. Remember to keep a copy of your documentation for your records.
  6. Review and Evaluation: DASS will carefully review your documentation and evaluate your accommodation request. This process may take some time, so we appreciate your patience. We may also contact you or your healthcare provider for additional information or clarification if needed.
  7. Accommodation Plan: Once your documentation has been reviewed, we will determine the appropriate accommodations based on your individual needs. An accommodation plan will be developed, outlining the specific accommodations that have been approved for you. You will receive a copy of this plan via email. You will also be sent an accommodation letter via email to share with faculty.
  8. Communicate with Faculty: It is essential to share your accommodation letter with your instructors and relevant university staff members. We encourage you to meet with your instructors privately to discuss your accommodations and how they can be implemented in the classroom. Maintaining open lines of communication will ensure a smooth and successful academic experience.
  9. Ongoing Support: DASS is here to provide ongoing support throughout your time at UM-Flint. If you encounter any issues with your accommodations or require adjustments, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are dedicated to working with you to ensure that you have equal access and an inclusive learning environment.

Remember, requesting accommodations is an important step towards ensuring your academic experience. We encourage you to take advantage of the resources available and work collaboratively with DASS. We are committed to supporting your needs and creating an inclusive educational experience for all students.