DISABILITY SERVICES: Accommodations and Services

Accommodations and services are individualized and based upon the student’s documentation. It is for this reason that students should insure that they have sufficient documentation that supports the need for appropriate and reasonable accommodations. Accommodations and services cannot be guaranteed if students choose not to follow the procedures for registering with Student Disability Services in a timely manner. Accommodations and services can be revisited as needed, but they are not retroactive and cannot be guaranteed if procedures are not followed with reasonable, advanced notice.Some of the accommodations and services provided by SDS might include the following:

  1. Alternative testing
  2. Interpreter/CART reporting
  3. Alternative text format
  4. Notetaking assistance
  5. Assistive technology
  6. Use of SDS exam/study rooms

Students who receive accommodations need to:

  • Communicate with instructors during the semester regarding accommodations and/or services
  • Contact the instructor and SDS immediately if any significant course changes occur
  • Inform the instructor and the SDS Disability Specialist immediately if any problems regarding accommodations and /or services occur


The law does not require that colleges and universities provide "personal services" to students with disabilities.  Students can contact SDS for referrals to resources that are available to all students, or available within the community.  Below are some examples of common personal services:

  1. Tutoring
  2. Personal care attendant (PCA)
  3. Personally prescribed medical services (eyeglasses, wheelchairs, hearing aids, etc.)
  4. Personal transportation
  5. Personal assistance to transport books or other personal items


Wayne State University strives to be an accessible campus for all individuals.  Physical maintenance of all university buildings is a top priority.  However, on occasion, students with disabilities encounter a physical barrier that impedes accessibility.  To report an accessibility problem, click on the link "Report Barriers".


Accommodations are determined on an individual basis and students are encouraged to work closely with Student Disability Services. SDS staff members advocate a fair, compassionate, and honest learning environment. In the event a disagreement arises, students are encouraged to use the following process for dispute resolution and appeal:

Step 1:  Discuss your concern with your assigned Disability Specialist. Be prepared to consider alternative solutions and perspectives. 

Step 2:   If a satisfactory solution is not reached, you may submit a written appeal to the Director of Student Disability Services.  The Director will gather information from all parties associated with the situation, meet individually or as a group with those involved, and attempt to formulate a resolution or provide a SDS formal position on the disagreement. Your appeal statement should include the following:  

  1. Date complaint is being made
  2. Your name
  3. Course information that relates specifically to the grievance. Include course, section #,  class location and professor's name
  4. Provide the nature of the concern or complaint.  Please include specific details in chronological order. 
  5. Name of Disability Specialist
  6. The basis of your appeal and any supporting documentation as necessary
  7. Provide what you suggest would be the ideal resolution to this disagreement

The Director of Student Disability Services must receive your appeal within 15 working days from the time the issue was discussed with your Disability Specialist.

Students dissatisfied with the appeals process may contact the Office of Equal Opportunity,