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Getting support from DSS

If you are a student who has a disability and are enrolled in an IU Bloomington course, the Office of Disability Services for Students is here to help you succeed at IU. We’ll empower you to reach your personal and academic goals and ensure that you have equal access to academic adjustments, aid, and services.

No matter what type of disability you have or what accommodations you need, your first step in getting help from the Office of Disability Services for Students is to register for services. The information on this page will guide you through the registration process. If at any point in the process you have questions or need help, please don’t hesitate to contact us—we’re always here to help.

How do I register for services?

Registration process

We use an interactive process to help you move forward with your request for support services. At any point during the registration process, you may contact the Disability Services for Students office to schedule an in-person or phone appointment. We encourage students who do not have documentation to initiate the interactive process.

Step 1

Self identify with Disability Services for Students. Complete the online request for services form and upload documentation if you have it available. When you submit the form, you will receive an auto generated confirmation.

You will receive an email from a DSS access coordinator within five business days of receipt of your request for service providing information on the next steps. Your coordinator will be your point of contact with our office. The email, sent to your IU account, may indicate you are eligible for services based on your documentation, that we need more information, or that you should call to speak with your coordinator.

For guidance on required documentation, please see documentation guidelines. You may submit documentation at a later time, but you will ultimately need this prior to establishing eligibility.

Step 2

Schedule a meeting with your access coordinator once you are approved for services. Be sure to check your IU email, as this is our only means of communicating the need for a meeting.

Step 3

Meet with your coordinator. During your first meeting, you will discuss your request for services, barriers you experience in your academics, academic accommodations, and other support, as well as how to set up your university-approved accommodations. This meeting is required to be registered with DSS.

What if I have a temporary impairment?

Temporary impairments are short-term impairments that result from injuries, surgery, or medical conditions. Examples include, but are not limited to, broken bones, sprains, concussions, and appendicitis.

Contact the Office of Disability Services for Students as soon as possible if you need services because of a temporary impairment. Temporary conditions generally are not covered under the American with Disabilities Act, but often require assistance or support on a limited basis. You must provide documentation of your condition from a medical professional who is not related to you.

The final disposition of academic adjustments for temporary impairment depends on the condition, instructor, and the adjustment needed to continue with the class.

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